CONTRIBUTOR: Emma Castle
WHAT CAN A BUSINESS COACH DO FOR YOUR CAREER?
Business and Executive coaches may seem like they’re a dime a dozen but there is a huge difference between a good coach and the right coach.
SO HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
The B Hive Founder and Managing Director Tammy Marshall says that you need to find a coach who has a successful track record and solid executive life experience.
She says, “I typically work with people in the travel industry because of my extensive network and experience in running tourism and hospitality companies. My coaching has been broader than just the travel sector and in recent times has included mentoring startups from many sectors.
SO SHOULD YOU GET A COACH?
Tammy says that everyone’s motivations are different but the key drivers for seeking out a coach are personal development, stepping into a bigger role, wanting to develop interpersonal skills and/or wanting to hit a performance goal.
“Coaches help you work on all sorts of things but mostly, they are a catalyst for change, helping to develop and refine business skills, aid professional development, interpersonal skills, and even help embrace office politics and navigate the hierarchies and complexities.
“Just like sports coaching, executives also benefit from coaching. The goal of executive coaching is to create the best version of yourself by focusing on your performance and advancement. It’s an investment designed to address headwinds and create tail winds for individuals,” says Tammy.
Tammy, who has had her own coach for many years, says, “When you reach a level of seniority, the right coach can help expand your thinking, help build your skills and complete your goals. I am currently working with my coach on conversational presence because co creating conversations can shape our future for the better and equally improving emotional intelligence; a critical skill for future proofing myself and for any career.”
WONDERING HOW IT ALL WORKS?
Firstly, you need to ensure that your coach is a good match.
“Coaching is a very personal, tailored process,” says Tammy.
“If we are a good match, then we establish goals, what success looks like and the focus of our sessions. This can be either face-to-face or via Skype, Google Hang Outs or some sort of video conferencing technology.
“Your coach becomes your trusted advisor and holds you accountable in your monthly or bi-weekly sessions. There needs to be enough time between sessions to try things out and to do your ‘homework’,” she says.
The more you open yourself up to different perspectives, and the more you challenge yourself to grow, the more you will advance in your role and in your career.
“Coaching is about building self-awareness and addressing any derailers,” says Tammy. The blind spots are often referred to in Johari’s Window (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window).
“A good coach will help you to expose and understand your blind spots, and help you progress past them,” says Tammy.
One of Tammy’s key traits is that she is a continuous learner, an important thing to look for in a coach.
Arundhati Gupta, Manager Facilitation Strategy, Group Security, Qantas Airways Limited, is one of Tammy’s past coaching clients.
Arundhati says, “As my coach, Tammy helped me to branch out both professionally and personally. From gaining the confidence to take a more visible leadership position in my business, and embracing, interacting and collaborating with cross-functional teams, to allowing me the time and space to reflect, gain clarity in the direction of my career path and find an appropriate work/life balance.”
Alex Carpenter, Start Up Founder for ATMA Immersive Journeys, has also worked with Tammy.
Alex says, “Tammy’s coaching style is very action-oriented and results-driven. It’s always great to meet up with her as you know by the end of the session, there will always be a list of tasks for you to do, to move things forward in a positive and rapid way. Tammy has been a breath of fresh air. her experience has been invaluable, and she has been very generous with her time and I believe my future success is very much due to her help and guidance.”
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If you are a start-up, a corporate professional or a business owner in the Tourism and Travel or Hospitality and Leisure sector who wants to identify and pursue growth opportunities, Tammy can help you. Executive coaching is available at an hourly rate, or in packs of up to 50 hours.
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