Both the coach and the coachee need to agree on the focus and goals for the coaching relationship. There are many topics and skills that coaching can focus on, such as career path, money management, or leadership, just to name a few. Once the focus is established, it is time to set the goals. In a coaching relationship, goals serve as reference points to be checked periodically. Progress towards goals helps provide proof that the coaching relationship is working.
Many will use SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. The author uses what she calls the 3-T goals because she feels that a personal tie-in is missing in SMART goals. 3-T goals are Tangible, Time-bound, and Tied to something that matters personally or professionally.
Setting 3-T goals requires coming up with concrete, measurable or tangible, tasks. For example, arriving at work 20 minutes earlier or speaking up three times in a meeting. Some goals are harder to measure or make tangible, such as becoming more trusting. Tying a sliding scale to goals like this can make them measurable. For instance, when the goal is set, coachees determine their current trust level on a scale of 1-10. As coaching progresses, they periodically re-rate themselves on the same scale to determine if they have become more trusting.
The time-bound piece of the goal setting helps to provide motivation as well as a set period for action. An example of a time-bound goal is stating that in two-months the coachee will have a system for following up on calls and letters in place. Adding the phrase “in order to spend more time at home,” makes this a goal one that is also tied to something important.
Setting goals is just the first part of the process. It is also important to set up an action plan or a road map for meeting the goals. Some may set up charts or continuums to show progress, while others might opt for a self-evaluation prior to each coaching session, which can serve as an agenda for the upcoming meeting. You can book Anubha’s Session and contact firstname.lastname@example.org, www.prismphilosophy.com