In my last blog, I described the process of coaching. To summarize, coaches help clients focus on specific tasks or objectives that allow them to advance toward their goals. During the coaching process a coach uses a range of communication skills (such as listening, questioning, clarifying, etc.) to help clients shift their perspectives. As a result, clients discover different approaches to achieve their goals.
In this blog I will focus on two areas that could challenge your effectiveness: behavioral and perceptual.
During the behavioral coaching process, the coach works with the client to realize and alter one behavior that will have the biggest impact on their performance. The modified behavior is simple and specific and includes to start doing, stop doing, do more, or do less.
If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, you could benefit from behavioral coaching:
- Do you have a behavioral blind spot that may be derailing or holding you back in your career?
- Have you received a performance evaluation/review that indicates you can improve a specific behavior?
- Do you have a given talent or strength you would like to build on by adding a specific behavior?
- Would you like to develop a specific skill, but unsure of how to proceed?
One of the advantages of behavioral coaching is that it is measurable. You either make the new behavior a habit or you don’t. As a result of behavioral coaching, you may realize and appreciate the benefits:
- You get better results
- You experience increased confidence
- You move forward in your career
- Your relationships with others improve
- Your reputation improves because others’ perception of you changes for the better
Our attitudes and perceptions shape how we see the world. Sometimes the attitudes and beliefs can be so extensive that they have a significant cost on productivity and relationships. They may have come about as defense mechanisms or ways to cope. They probably appear automatically and usually during times of stress.
If you answer yes to one or more of the following statements, you may benefit from perceptual coaching:
- I need to be popular
- I’m not good enough
- I can’t trust anyone
- I need to be perfect
- Nobody understands me
- I need to look good
- Nothing good ever happens to me
- I need to be the smartest
When you eliminate the limited perceptions, you can realize and appreciate the benefits:
- You feel more confident
- You’re more open and receptive to new possibilities
- You identify and move towards a new vision and goals
If you would like coaching assistance with behavioral or perceptual effectiveness, please schedule an appointment with me through Handshake.
Please take advantage of this opportunity. I look forward to assisting you with your career path.
Betty Boza is a career development specialist for the Fulton Schools Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting online, graduate and doctoral students with all aspects of career development including resume preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.