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  • Cynthia Harrington, CFA

Getting over the Finish Line

Making a goal is easier, faster, and less stressful with a coach. Career or business transition? Managing growth? Leading through conflict? An advocate who's been there and who is fully in your corner makes this possible.

1. Speed

Instead of wasting years you can get things done in months. Working with a coach who has done what you’re setting out to do, gets you a personal roadmap into the future. You will learn from my mistakes and the mistakes of hundreds of other clients pursuing similar dreams.

2. Iterating

Getting to the goal means making changes. Growing. Having someone that can continuously help you with course correction is like having a GPS that is constantly showing you where you are moving in the wrong direction and how to get back on track. You will learn new techniques for problem solving as coaching is on the cutting edge of business change and transformation.

3. Knowing

It’s like having a private search engine tailored to your needs at your own disposal. You select your coach that has the largest collection of on demand resources that answer your needs. Not only do you get the exact information you need fast. You get a guide who knows more about what you’re asking for than you do. You will benefit from a network of resources I, as a coach, have developed over the years.

4. Focus

With an experienced guide, you get distractions answered to or issues clarified quickly. You get your full attention, your full cognitive resources back to be able to focus on what’s truly important.

5. Being known

This is the main difference. Instead of getting general advice from a book, a group course or other form of coaching with a coach you get advice perfect for you, for your needs. This is a game changer and it’s what will create a transformation like no other. This creates real and lasting change.

6. Guide

As you journey into the daily unknown, you have a general idea of the destination and no road map for how to get there. Your coach knows the destination and a wide variety of past paths. None of those may fit you perfectly and knowing all of them can increase your probability of getting to the right destination.

7. Outside the box

We don’t see our own weaknesses or blind spots; even good coaches have a coach. A coach looks at you from outside your experience and can see those blind spots. She can see the outside of all surfaces of your box, four sides and top and bottom. And is eloquent enough to describe it to you for actionable insights. You will begin to think more creatively and learn how to ask for input from multiple sources. You will look at everything from a broader perspective and have the support to make changes.

8. Spotlight

The human body sends 11 million bits per second to the brain for processing; with new ventures, it seems like the signals coming in are twice or three times normal! Yet the conscious mind seems to be able to process only 50 bits per second. A good coach asks you questions that help you filter the 50 bits per second most important to you. Learning this questioning process lasts a lifetime.

9. Humanity

Having somebody rooting for you and believing in you is sometimes all we need. It nourishes our soul and gets us to show up as our best selves. Which of course brings in success and new opportunities. A good coach is an untiring cheerleader.

10. Get off the merry-go-round

Get a coach. Be ready to be challenged. Be ready to face your fears. Your coach gets you off the merry go round of repeating mistakes. Get off the merry go round and walk straight to goals. Your frank discussions with someone not beholden to you will help you determine what you need to change as a manager and as an organizational approach.

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