Source | LinkedIn : By Roberta Chinsky Matuson
I attended an event a few years ago at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts, where Jane Fonda was being honored for her work in film. She was kind enough to stay for a Q&A session after the screening of her film, Youth.
During the Q&A, Jane told the audience that she recently hired an acting coach, as she believes one should never stop learning. That got me thinking. Here’s this woman, who at the time was 78 years old and the best in her class, and she’s still looking to improve. How about you? Have you stopped growing professionally or have you simply given up?
Why Now Is The Time To Improve Your Performance
Here are some of the most vital times to consider working with a coach:
- You know you can be better at what you do. You just don’t know how to make that happen.
- You are preparing yourself for a promotion.
- You’ve just been promoted and you want to be sure your first 90-days aren’t your last 90-days.
- You need to adjust quickly to a new circumstance.
- Your work life has taken over your entire life.
- You have employees you find challenging to manage.
- You find yourself working for a difficult boss.
- You have a performance weakness that, left unattended, could spread and negatively impact other areas of your performance.
When Coaching Works Best And When it Doesn’t
In my business, there are many times when I’m simply assigned to someone and told to go coach. I always turn down these requests, as they are not in my client’s best interest. Those who are forced to work on behavior changes never do.
I have the most success, when the person I am working with is invested in the relationship. He or she may want to smooth out a few edges or they may want to ensure their recent promotion isn’t their last promotion. What they all have in common is their desire to keep learning—Much like Jane.