32 Topics You Can Cover With Your Coach

 
 
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In its simplest form, coaching is a partnership based in well timed questions,open communication, mutual commitment, and learning and personal development.  

A great coach serves as a guide to help you get in the habit of taking more strategic actions and making better decisions. Marlow coaching focuses on everything from how you do your work to how you align your career with your values and long-term goals.

As coaches, our goal is to provide you with the tools, guidance and encouragement to find your own path forward. 

In coaching you will rarely receive direct advice. We coach through questions to help you understand your assumptions, discover opportunities, and overcome obstacles in order to make progress quickly. 

We apply design thinking to help our members navigate their careers. Design thinking encourages asking questions without judgement and looking for opportunities to reframe the story.

When it comes to taking your career to the next level, there are plenty of topics you can cover with your coach. Enhancing your skills in one area (such as communication) will likely improve your skills in other areas (such as relationship building, project management, or personal brand).

 

Professional Growth

Many people partner with their coach to improve various components of their professional growth strategy. 

Values Alignment: Identify which work-related values make you feel most energized, happy and fulfilled. Then you will develop a strategy to realign your values with your goals and work environment.

Goal Setting: Set clear and actionable goals that leave you feeling motivated.

Personal Performance Management: Assess your current situation and proactively identify opportunities for improvement.

Skill Acquisition: Identify which skills will help you achieve your goals and then prioritize them in a way that aligns with your short-term and long-term needs.

Strategic Decision Making: Assess your current decision making skills and then utilize feedback from coworkers and managers to enhance these skills.

Overcoming self-induced obstacles: Build confidence and improve self-talk.  

Performance Reviews: Prepare and plan for performance reviews to increase the chances of an optimal outcome. 

 

Productivity

Draw awareness to your workstyle and daily routines. There are only so many hours in the day and we need to find optimize for our productive time. Finding ways to become more effective at your job will benefit you personally and professionally.

Form Habits and Routines: Identify when you are most productive and develop a strategy for maximizing your efforts.

Find Balance: Develop an action plan to find balance in all areas of your career, not just between work and home life but also between routine and creative time.

Manage and Eliminate Work-Related Stress: Find your balance between motivating stress and toxic stress. Identify and overcome challenges that cause or increase non productive work-related stress

Time Management & Focus: Set boundaries, with yourself and others in order to manage your time more effectively and stay focused

Stay Motivated: Intrinsic motivation stems from autonomy, information and connections. Identify your motivators and learn how to optimize or increase them.

Get Team Buy-In: Determine how to identify stakeholders and gain their support.

Become More Proactive: Identify areas where you can plan ahead to prevent unnecessary obstacles, reduce future workloads and increase successful outcomes.

Manage Conflict: Build communication skills to manage and overcome conflict relating to projects or processes.

Delegate: Prioritize your workload and then delegate or eliminate what you can't (or shouldn't) manage.

 

Personal Brand

You already have a brand, it’s time to manage it. Your professional brand is your external perception of your experience, skills, capabilities and potential. Partner with your coach to enhance your personal brand within the office and through your wider network.

Consistency of Behavior: Determine how you would like to be perceived and then align your actions accordingly.

Fine-Tune Your Personal Pitch: Learn how to share your story in various settings and in a way that enables you to advocate on your own behalf.

Presence: Identify opportunities for improvement in how you conduct meetings, give presentations, or even lead 1-on-1 meetings.

Increase Credibility: Develop a strategy for enhancing your credibility in an authentic and sustainable way. Actions and communication style impact how credibly we are perceived by others.

Self-Awareness: Develop a strategy for partnering with those around you so you can become more self-aware and identify your blind-spots.

Accountability: Reliability is critical to a positive personal brand. Partner with your coach to identify a plan for becoming more accountable.

 

Network

A strong network is one that helps you gather information and identify your blind-spots. We often think of networks as helping us find a new job, but most often they are used to help us make more strategic decisions in our current roles or recruit hard-to-find talent more efficiently.

Build a Network: Identify interesting individuals in your field or industry and build and maintain authentic relationships.

Information Gathering: Information flows through networks and can enhance your productivity and make you a more valuable member of the team.  Partner with your coach to figure out how to learn from your network.

Resource Leveraging: Determine when and how to use this network more effectively.

 

Work Relationships

How you get on with your co-workers and manager shapes more than just your personal reputation. People who enjoy working with their team are more likely to stay in a job and more likely to enjoy their work responsibilities. Take the time to get to know your coworkers and understand them. Try to focus on this in good times, as it will pay dividends when times get tough.

Setting Boundaries: Help your coworkers understand how to work most effectively with you by setting clear and professional boundaries.

Communicating Expectations: Misaligned expectations cause challenges in all types of situations. Become skilled at communicating and clarifying expectations early and often.  

Collaboration: Identify best practices for partnering with various members of your team or individuals within other departments.

Orientation and Onboarding: Not everyone gets a great onboarding process. Create an action plan for onboarding yourself into an organization.

Communication: Partner with your coach to identify and enhance your current communication strategy in various situations.

Feedback: Shape your work environment by becoming great at giving and receiving feedback.

Prepare for Difficult Conversations: Prepare for crucial conversations that may trigger an emotional response in you or your counterpart.