By Stuart Haden (United Kingdom)

Many of us are lucky enough to work with great coaches, in business, sport and life. Individuals who are keen to support and challenge us in many aspects of work and life. But, do we really make the most of these relationships? If we are to increase levels of performance via coaching then we have to make sure we are ready for coaching.

Let’s deconstruct a known saying – ‘when the coachee is ready, the coach will appear.’ That’s just it, so many of us are not ready for coaching despite having experienced individuals to hand. If this is the case, then it will take us longer to make an impact.

My latest research has showed that individuals only possess 40% of the skills required to be an effective coachee. So unless you can evaluate whether coaching is the right option for you, you might be wasting everyone’s time. Ask yourself two questions…

  • Are you ready to be coached?
  • Do you possess the skills (coachability) to be an effective coachee?

Source: iCN Issue 10 (Business Coaching); pages 55-57

About Stuart Haden

Stuart Haden is a facilitator, coach, consultant, author and speaker specialising in Authentic Leadership and founder of Storm Beach based in Bath, UK. @StormBeach