Have you ever seen those old episodes of Batman? The ones with Adam West as the Caped Crusader. Kitsch, colourful and comical.
Imagine, like Commissioner Gordon and Chief O’Hara, you’re faced with a professional career challenge; one you know that you need help to tackle.
Do you pretend that everything’s OK? Do you let your fierce independence stop you from asking for help? Or do you reach for the Bat Phone and ask for some support from elsewhere?
Although self reliance is an important trait, it doesn’t mean that you can’t ask for support. After all, real strength is knowing when to reach out to others.
Real strength is knowing when to reach out to others.
Many individuals, and organisations, recognise the value of coaching and mentoring; the importance of using external impartial support.
Access to trusted, non-judgemental input means you are able to honestly and proactively invest in your professional and career development.
With no hidden agendas, and your success being the number one priority, it can be a winning combination for everyone involved.
I help my clients on their career pivot adventures with external impartial support. Plus I have personally benefited from the support of others.
This got me pondering on what insights I would give to someone thinking of working with a coach or mentor and taking advantage of impartial support.
On reflection, here a 3 things to consider:
Hint 1. Make sure you speak with prospective coaches or mentors before making any selections. It’s important there is compatibility between you. After all, if you irritate the hell out of each other, things aren’t going to progress well.
Hint 2. Be prepared to be open and honest. This is not meant to be a ‘let’s pat you on the head for being fabulous’ experience. Your friends and family can do that for you. This is about personal growth, transitions and progress.
Hint 3. A coach or mentor is there to challenge and support you. Ultimately though, you have to commit to, and take responsibility for, making any changes. We have tools to help you. We don’t have a magic wand.
I hope you find the impartial support you need.
And if you want to find out how you and I might make a winning combination for your career adventure…
…drop me a line and we can get the conversation started. Be lovely to hear from you.