In the previous update, I encouraged you to take a look at what you’d achieved in 2010. Many readers were pleasantly surprised!
It can be very empowering to put aside the everyday demands on your time and reflect on what’s going well – and not so well. As you prepare to have a brilliant 2011, this is a good time to take stock of what you would like to change in the new year.
One of the simplest ways to do this is to grab a notebook and write down your regular tasks, performance standards and behaviours under the following categories:
With this list, you now have a starting point for planning 2011. Already, you have guide to what your goals for the year might be.
To help you refine your goals for maximum business impact and to keep you on track to achieving them, consider engaging a coach. I find having someone to listen, guide and keep me accountable is invaluable.
You will be more successful working with a coach you know, like and trust.
Here are some questions to ask prospective coaches:
If all the boxes are ticked and you feel positive about working with the coach, 2011 could be your best year yet!
"Coaching with Ben gave me a great opportunity to reflect and explore strategies, tips, and tools to improve ways of working and to work through opportunities & challenges. I really valued the focused discussion on specific areas to support my growth and development. I highly recommend working with Ben."
- Manager, National NFP
"In a challenging role in a new organisation, coaching with Paula was the ideal time to reflect, problem-solve, brainstorm options and arm me with next steps in all areas - from staffing, internal politics and relationships to tackling key initiatives. The sessions were by video and face to face, both equally effective. Using video allowed for easy integration of sessions into my busy workdays without any hassle. Paula’s style of coaching quickly built trust so I felt safe being vulnerable, quickly getting to the heart of a number of issues and propelling me and my performance forward significantly!"
- Executive GM, People and Culture
"We used the Harrison Assessment tools followed by a debrief with Susan, for career development with staff, which then allowed us to work with Susan to create a customised 360 degree review process. Susan has a wealth of knowledge and is able to offer suggestions and solutions for our company. She is always ready to get involved and takes the time to show her clients the capability of Harrison Assessments. "
Jessica Hill - Head of People and Culture, Choice
"Balance at Work are the ideal external partners for us as they completely get what we are trying achieve in the People and Culture space. Their flexibility and responsiveness to our needs has seen the entire 360 approach being a complete success. The online tool and the follow up coaching sessions have been game changers for our business. The buzz in the organisation is outstanding. Love it! Thanks again for being such a great support crew on this key project."
Chris Bulmer - National GM Learning and Development, ISS Australia
"The leadership team at Insurance Advisernet engaged Susan from Balance at Work to run our leadership development survey and learning sessions. Susan was very professional in delivering the team and individual strengths and opportunities for growth. Susan's approach was very "non corporate" in style which was refreshing to see. I can't recommend Balance at Work more highly to lead employee and team development sessions."
Shaun Stanfield - Managing Director, Insurance Advisernet