One of my favorite topics and not one we speak too much about. Oh we definitely speak about coaches when it comes to new entrants but what about when it comes those who have been in industry for many years? We started hosting Leadership programs for the Trucking Industry of Atlantic Canada and we included two hours of one on one coaching for each participant. The people in these courses ranged from entry level to 30+ years of Industry experience. Hearing their experiences made me sit back and think … after 24 years in the trucking industry, what could I learn and would I benefit from a Coach?
I know many people believe in the value of Coaches as we start our careers yet there is very little talk about the ongoing need and value in having a coach throughout a career. Someone who can push us out of comfort zones, see opportunity and build on our own strengths beyond what we can imagine. Someone who can help us improve our own productivity through those mundane tasks we have let slide a little over the years.
The best investment I made this year was hiring a business coach. Not for the business of business but the business of myself. I have seen positive growth, increased productivity and identified priorities I had never considered before, including the priority of myself. I have had a lot of fun, feeling like I have a second wind in this exciting industry and look forward to future coaching opportunities.
What can you do to support Coaching?
- Embrace coaching opportunities. It doesn’t matter how long you have been in your career – don’t assume you know everything and trust we get better and stronger as we continue to grow and learn.
- If you are an employer, manager, supervisor – lead by example. Show those who work for you that you value continued personal growth by doing it yourself.
- Employers – encourage your employees to participate in personal coaching by offering to subsidize the cost or include as part of their professional development training packages. Motivated employees are productive, engaged employees … isn’t your business worth that?