According to Korn Ferry, the largest global talent acquisition and development company, the single most common reason for Millennials verbalize for leaving one organization for another is that they felt no one invested in their personal or professional development. The desire for others to invest in one’s positive growth isn’t unique to Millennials, but is heightened in comparison to other generations.
It feels good to have a partner dedicated to working with you, an advocate for your best self whose sole agenda was to help you achieve progress and growth in all areas of your life and career. Moreover, having such a partner greatly increases success rates in both the personal and professional domains.
While mentors, advisors, and managers can provide helpful support in one’s development, the ideal partner for truly individualized personal development is a coach.
Archimedes, an ancient Greek scientist, said “Give me a lever long enough, and fulcrum upon which to rest it, and I will move the world.” Coaching is a fulcrum upon which people can leverage the fulness of the strengths and experience with which God has gifted them, and move their “worlds” in positive ways. It is an extraordinarily powerful process that gives people the power to navigate their lives and move purposefully towards a desired destination.
Coaching can be especially powerful for Millennials. Most people don’t recognize the need for a coach until later in their lives and careers. Coaching, like investing, pays dividends over time. Just as investing earlier in life gives one’s investment leverage to grow powerfully over time, the earlier one gets good coaching the earlier one experiences its positive impact and increases one’s positive momentum. Coaching accomplishes positive impact and increased life-momentum because it is dynamic, generative, and transformational.
Coaching is dynamic
Coaching is all about action and awareness. The coaching process is meant to move a person from where he or she is to where he or she wants to go. Whether it be in the areas of personal or professional growth, making progress toward a goal, achieving an aspiration, or coming to a greater awareness of one’s strengths and how they can be leveraged toward success, coaching encourages proactive, intentional living.
Coaching is generative
Coaching generates options we didn’t know we had. Coaching takes place in the form of powerful conversations. The coach and client talk about the client’s agenda In these conversations, clients often find that as they become more creative and see possibilities for improvement that had been hidden before. Clients innovate more options, examine them, and achieve deeper awareness along the way. Clients leave a coaching conversation feeling a renewed sense of opportunity, enthusiasm, and optimism. They find themselves more equipped to create new ways of living, working, and relating to others.
Coaching is transformational
We are all capable of so much more than we even dream. We are designed and endowed with splendid gifts and talents, and given countless opportunities with which to develop them. Coaching awakens our sense of possibility. A good coach shines a light not just on who we are now but who we could be were we to live into our potential.
Through the process of coaching we are encouraged and equipped to envision exactly who each of us were designed by God to be, and begin navigating a path designed, in Him, to fully mature into that divine potential. God wants us to know the joy of living as our best selves. Coaching is a powerful process that can be used to ensure that happens. Through coaching a person can experience profoundly positive transformation throughout the entire scope of one’s life.
Coaches are professionals and good coaching costs money. The real question, however, is not whether one can afford coaching. Given the return on investment effective coaching delivers, the real question is, can one afford not to have a coach?