Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Coaching for Professional Success

Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Coaching for Professional Success

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Most of us have had at least one experience with the power and influence of a coach. That coach may have been a childhood sports team coach, a diet and nutrition counselor, a personal trainer, or even a public speaking coach. But how many of us have engaged the services of a professional career coach? The answer is probably not many. One reason may be because we lack a clear understanding of what coaching is. We may have a negative impression of what career coaching is, when it is used, and why it is used. Unfortunately, many human resources departments reserve coaching for when there are identified performance issues. To link coaching opportunities only to deficits in knowledge or performance means that employees miss many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

When I looked for a career coach many years ago as a new middle manager I was repeatedly told by professional coaches that they limited their work to clients who were at the executive level. Thankfully this is changing. Health care organizations are beginning to see the value of offering career coaching, and coaches are realizing the impact they can and do make on individuals who wish to grow, develop, and spread their wings.

In addition, many of us are realizing that we spend money on a tennis pro to help improve our tennis skill, a personal trainer to help us get in shape, or a nutrition counselor to help us lose those extra pounds. …

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