Coaches are great at helping their client negotiate change, whether that change is chosen by the person, or imposed from the outside, by a boss, by a re-org, by changing market conditions. So of course, I’m going to focus a bit on #4, since Time Management and Personal Effectiveness is our particular area of expertise here. Perhaps the leader had a way of doing things that was adequate to a situation, but upon promotion, change of responsibilities, or a personal change like birth of a child, he or she is struggling to keep up. This is a wonderful chance to turn a problem into an opportunity. This will help them create a whole new way of managing themselves and their choices and priorities that will serve them well for years, and this new situation provides a new motivator for examining their way of doing things and taking their game up a notch or two.
1) They have recently taken on new responsibilities, but carry on doing their old job
2) They have issues with communication skills
3) They need to improve their leadership skills
4) They have started to deliver work at the last minute or late
5) They ask for it!
Here is an article from Hannah MacNamara, In the Training Journal, entitled “Five ways to tell someone could benefit from coaching.” Here is the summary of those five ways: