Business Coaching Can Be Hard
Some managers and business owners may have the preconception that business coaching can give them all the answers to their problems, and come into the coaching sessions unprepared and sometimes unwilling to be challenged. Unfortunately, the reality is that in order for business coaching to be truly effective, it is often the case that difficult questions need to be asked and answered truthfully by the person being coached, even if it means having to admit to weaknesses or failures in certain areas.
For a person to desire business or executive coaching, it is highly probable that they are doing so because there is a particular aspect of their professional life that they wish to change or improve upon. For this to be the case, it must also be true that they have already attempted, but have been unable, to make progress by themselves in this area. Often it is the case that little or no progress has been made because the person lacks the skills or confidence to make it happen.
The first step in learning a new skill is to accept that you are not perfect at it already or know everything there is to know about whatever it is. A person who is arrogant will not be receptive to new ideas or ways of working, even if they can see that the old way is not producing the desired outcomes. Only a person who admits that they have room for improvement can actually improve.
This is why it can be tough for those new to business coaching who are not prepared to be challenged. Chief executives and managers are used to giving orders and directions without being questioned or told what to do, and it can be a shock to their systems to be told that what they are doing could be done better. The relationship between a business coach and the person receiving the coaching is crucial to overcome this initial barrier which may be put up by the coachee. By taking things a step at a time, and with regular support from your business coach, new ways to overcome problems and improve results can be found to help you achieve your professional goals.