Q: How can I know if I’m ready for coaching? Or as a coach, how can I know if a potential client is ready for coaching?
A: This is a great question! And it can apply to you in two ways: 1) if you’re thinking of benefiting from coaching for yourself, or 2) if you are a coach with an interested potential client.
Readiness for the coaching journey is an important element to confirm before starting the process of change and transformation. In fact, I would argue that having this confirmation from the start can determine the success of the results.
Why? Because when we truly want to make a change, or when we have a strong desire to achieve something, or when our current situation is no longer serving us, then we have a strong will and desire to experience the change and transformation.
Since coaching is a collaborative participation of both the client and coach, readiness and the “right fit” must be present for favourable outcomes.
As an experienced coach, I remember when I was first starting out, I had my share of “tire kickers”. Then I started to use a coaching readiness tool, which made a big difference.
I have also used this tool for myself.
The tool is the Coaching Readiness Assessment created by Learning and Performance Solutions. The assessment was created for organizations, and is applicable beyond organizations. It is a brief assessment containing 12 statements, which one can rate between 1-5 ranging from “disagree” to “strongly agree”.
Examples of statements include:
- I am willing to accept coaching to achieve desired results.
- I am willing to do the work requested of me.
- I am open to trying on new ideas and different ways of doing things.
To review and download the assessment, click here.
There are other similar types of coaching readiness tools available. I am suggesting the Coaching Readiness Assessments as it’s also been recommended by leading international coaching organizations and positive psychology universities.
So, there you have it…the Coaching Readiness Assessment tool, which you can use for yourself if you are thinking about getting a coach.
And if you are a coach, you can use this for potential clients. Or you can use it to supplement your own screening questionnaire.
May it serve you!
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Meriflor Toneatto is an award-winning leadership and Positive Psychology Coach, Strategist and Entrepreneur. She has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times and more.
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