If you can’t afford a coach, what are professionals doing to support their professional growth?

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - career coaching, career management, career planning


Do you need a Coach?

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Francine Allaire, Chief Life Strategist at The Daring, LLC asks: If you can’t afford a coach, what are professionals doing to support their professional growth?

In answer:
I love (?) the assumptive nature of this question: that everyone needs a coach; and that those who don’t clearly can’t afford one.

A better question personally would have been “how are you ensuring your professional growth” – something which everyone has to do, but which most don’t.

Specifically “hired for results coaches” are a relatively recent development, the rise of which has been heavily tied to the wider awareness of NLP. Before this, and to way back in time, business people talked to their friends and other business people – yes, even their commercial rivals – about the state of the market, the problems they saw and how they addressed them, and what they were doing to develop commercially and personally. These relationships often ended up in what could be seen as bitter rival companies employing the others former executives to create the same results, but through the new and upcoming managers of the company.

Do professionals need coaches? No, certainly not. But they do need to manage their own careers and development, and there are many proven strategies and tactics with proven longer term success records than that of picking a coach with a single NLP certificate: that is far riskier than doing nothing.

Good Luck!

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