Every successful performer makes the best use of both professional and personal support.
Athletes, gymnasts, golfers, football quarterbacks, and, yes, expats who intend achieving total success in their chosen career make the best use of a coach. The first step in doing that is to choose your coach well. This article will focus on how to choose the right coach for you.
It is Always About You
The right coach keeps you at the center of their focus. All successful coaches have both specific and broad experience, abilities, and skills. They understand the issues which surround expats, especially those who are transferring into an alien culture, a new company, or taking the next step up the career ladder.
A coach with a successful track record and one who has had similar experiences to you can bring so much to the coach-performer relationship.
Advisors and consultants may focus too much on how their experience can be transferred to you and your situation in some way, rather than them staying totally focused on you, your goals and your needs. This is a critical area that separates a successful advisor and consultant from an expert coach. If you want a coach who is experienced and skilled in their own right, but who will focus on your agenda, your goals, your situation, your needs, and who will work to understand and stay on your wavelength, then follow these suggestions, and you will choose the right coach for you.
Goal, Situation, Structure, Process, Action, Results
Coaching follows a path; it begins with your primary goals. Your ideal coach will help you to clarify your goals, both ultimate and immediate. When your coach has helped you to see your goals totally clearly, you have a place to start.
To help you achieve that, your coach will help you to explore your goals, and your current situation in detail. Your coach must be a keen listener, not just to what you say, but to how you say it, how you project your ideas, thoughts, concerns, worries, and how you see any potential obstacles.
By listening intently, your coach will understand enough to help you take each step. Those steps may include challenging you, testing your own knowledge and skill levels so you can do the appropriate exercises or carry out the right research to make sure you are as capable as you need to be so you do achieve your goals.
A consultant may tell you what they think you should do, but your coach will keep you thinking and having you make the strategic decisions that are right for you, your situation, and your career.
You want to follow the thoughts, decisions and actions process in an environment that suits you. Building and maintaining a “safe” environment means your coach has to understand you, have rapport with you, and stay focused on you the human being as well as you the expat career person.
Because of this rapport, the challenges and expectations your coach sets for you will become positive. They will be linked directly to your goals, and they will address your agenda. The process, therefore, that you and your coach have clarified and agreed to will almost automatically turn into obvious and clear actions.
Another element of successful coaching is building the structure so efficient processes, clear actions, clear expectations, and full accountability feel normal. No Olympic sports coach ever experienced their performer win gold without first establishing personal accountability. The performer carries out the actions that they have worked on with their coach and that they have agreed to. The actions belong to the performer, not to the coach. The coach is there to ensure accountability. The right actions properly performed lead to clear and intended results.
What Else Should You Expect?
You will want your coach to be in good standing with international coaching federations and associations because you want to know they have proven experience. You may want them to have a broad understanding of business principles and national cultures. You may also want them to have experienced similar organizational and cultural dynamics as the ones you are facing, not so they can tell you what to do to deal with them, but as part of the background understanding that makes it easy to keep you at the center of their focus.
Finally, you may want proof, so ask for testimonials from satisfied clients. This brief introduction on how to choose the right coach for you is exactly that, a brief introduction. We, at U Diverse, are expert at coaching in such situations. We have experienced and very successful coaches, so please feel free to contact us so we can answer all of your questions in more detail.
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About U Diverse’s founder:
Magali Toussaint is the founder of U Diverse. She is a certified talent acquisition strategist, an ICF-certified leadership and career coach, cross-cultural trainer and job search strategist with an extensive career in recruitment, HR, diversity, and education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English and Dutch.