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What Can Go Wrong in Coaching

August 22, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about the importance of hiring a good coach.

Hey, folks, it’s Shawn here. I want to have a very honest and candid talk with you today. You know, I do coaching, and I’m an attorney, which kind of puts me in a quasi-coach position. I’ve been in that for a long time, because we’re working with clients, executing their plans, talking about negotiation strategies, and talking about realistic outcomes. So we are doing kind of a coaching thing there. So I’ve been in the coaching world a long time. First in one role, now more as a general business coach, helping people really achieve their dreams. And I want to talk very openly about what can go wrong with coaching, all right?

I know a lot of people have concerns about getting a coach because first, it seems kind of loosey-goosey. How do you measure a coach? How do you know if you’re getting a good job of coaching? How do you know somebody’s not going to just take your money and run, and not help you do more? You know, you’ve really got to look at the person, the individual in your situation. These are things that can go wrong in the coaching. You can also have bad rapport with your coach. You really don’t get things stepped-up. Or maybe there’s just a mismatch of your coach’s visions and dreams for you versus yours.

So a lot of this is fundamental foundations. You want to work with an experienced coach, somebody who’s been coaching for some period of time, that has been through this, that has a reputation, that has people saying great things because you want to know them, and you want to make sure your money’s well-invested. Not just your money, your time. Coaching is a very personal thing, and it’s going to involve a lot of time and energy, but I will tell you, it will unlock tremendous value because they’ll see things that you don’t see, and you’ll be able to do more. So you want to get the coach. Don’t shy away because you’re scared. But understand some of these things that we’ve talked about today, things that can go wrong. Think about them. Use them to interview your coach. Have that conversation. Does your coach understand you? Do they know where you want to go? Do you have good conversations? Do you have similar visions of your capabilities and outcomes? If you’ve got checks on yes on most of those, you’ve probably got a good coach. You’ve probably got somebody you’re well-aligned with, and that’s a great start to the relationship.

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Let me know how I can help you. And make sure you get the Business Evaluation Checklist at McBride for Business. We have some great information there on how to up the value of your business. And if I can help you, just reach out. Send me a note. I want to know what you’re dealing with. I want to know what’s going on in your business. I want to know how we can step things up to a higher level, and I would love to provide some content for you on video here for free, or work with you one-on-one, or come out and do some coaching or keynotes. So let me know what you need, and let’s see what we can tailor for you. R. Shawn McBride signing off.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Ivan Soares-Ferrer.


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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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