In the previous update, I encouraged you to take a look at what you’d achieved in 2010. Many readers were pleasantly surprised!
It can be very empowering to put aside the everyday demands on your time and reflect on what’s going well – and not so well. As you prepare to have a brilliant 2011, this is a good time to take stock of what you would like to change in the new year.
One of the simplest ways to do this is to grab a notebook and write down your regular tasks, performance standards and behaviours under the following categories:
- Should be doing less
- Could be doing more
- Want to stop doing
- Would like to start doing
With this list, you now have a starting point for planning 2011. Already, you have guide to what your goals for the year might be.
To help you refine your goals for maximum business impact and to keep you on track to achieving them, consider engaging a coach. I find having someone to listen, guide and keep me accountable is invaluable.
You will be more successful working with a coach you know, like and trust.
Here are some questions to ask prospective coaches:
- What experience to they have? Length of time coaching, industries, types of organisations, specific issues.
- How is the coaching structured? What tools and methods do they use? How do they measure progress? Are there alternative programs to meet your individual needs?
- Is the coaching CPD accredited? Coaching could contribute to your annual CPD point requirements.
- Who else have you worked with? Ask for the contact details of previous clients.
If all the boxes are ticked and you feel positive about working with the coach, 2011 could be your best year yet!