Find Out How Coaching Helped Me Get Clear
Clear Defeats Fear:
A Personal Case Study
For almost two years I asked for clarity on what to do with my career. My twenty-five year human resources career no longer filled my soul. I had completed my coaching certification program and knew coaching new leaders was what I was meant to do. But, how could I make that happen? I felt stuck, feeling unable to leave my stable job and long-term HR career behind to follow my passion. However, I still felt strongly about my organization and its mission. Deep down I knew there was more I could do there to contribute and make an impact on new leaders.
About this time last year, I started thinking about how I could make a transition. A light bulb went off when, over brunch, a family friend asked me, “What would it take to make you stay at your company?” That one question, a powerful question, as we coaches like to say, cracked my world open. If I was already willing to consider walking away from a great job with a company I am proud to work for, why not ask for what I really want? The organization touts employee development, empowering employees to pursue their interests. Did that apply to everyone except me? Why?
I started writing my dream job description and an in-depth outline of the job duties. I work for a research organization, and presenting data is critical. I included carefully researched supporting documentation. The data shows that organizations with a strong coaching culture measure higher employee engagement than other organizations (62% compared to 50%). Organizations with a strong coaching culture also report revenue above their industry peer group (51% of organizations compared to 38% of other responding organizations). Additional results observed by respondents with a strong coaching culture include improved team functioning and increased productivity. 
Coaching empowered me during every step of the process. My coach helped me get clear, focused, and stay accountable. It was supportive to have her brainstorm with me, point me to articles and research, and cheer me on.
In January, with my manager’s blessing, I was prepared to meet with the Senior Vice President of Strategic Talent Management to make my pitch. I was clear, I was confident, and I was open to the outcome and possibilities.
So, what happened?
In a few weeks I’ll share more of my story.
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