The beautiful colors of Fall had me thinking about the different stages of our careers and how personal growth coaching is different in each phase. You can benefit at any point from a life coach to help you set and reach your goals for that “season” of your work life. There’s also a possibility to go through any of these stages more than once, depending on your choices. So, let’s look at what I mean by the “seasons” of your career.
Everything seems to burst into existence quickly and powerfully. For your career, you might be launching into your first job after trade school or college. You have a growing amount of energy that creates seemingly endless possibilities. From a DISC personality coaching standpoint, the focus is defining your own identity. While everyone seems driven in spring, the “D” style wants to be in charge. The coaching points can be about positive use of the energy and seeing ideas through to completion. For an “I” personality, they want the adoration of being center stage. DISC coaching can work on dealing with rejection and flexing their enthusiasm into stronger listening skills to lead a team. The “S” style brings stability to the team. During their career Spring, they may benefit from coaching around the idea of being open to change in order to take advantage of youthful energy. With the “C” style, they love to dig into the details and have enormous energy at this stage. Coaching them about how far to dig and being critical of others is a good starting point.
As career Spring flows into Summer, you are at your strongest. Your confidence is at an all time high. You are ready to push on to the next level. Maybe you are in a larger leadership position or you have started your own business. It’s now time to continue the momentum that was created in Spring. As a “D,” this might mean flexing into your “I” style to build consensus. The “I” personality now has to look at building teams, which means dealing with conflict (and they shy away from that). Coaching can look at how you use your charm to manage confrontations. For an “S,” they can capitalize on their steadiness, while receiving coaching around balancing between process and innovation. And the “C” will be able to use coaching around their adherence to accuracy as a trade off for quick decision-making.
This season of your career bears the fruits of your work. You may have several different opportunities now that will lead you into Winter. For the “D,” this means coaching around current relationships and where you want to take them. It’s time to stop being the authority and think about becoming a sounding board. Coaching for the “I” style can be about using their influence to engage others in their plans, while also balancing what they can deliver against what was promised. The “S” style will benefit from being coached about putting their needs first before offering help to others. For the “C” styles, who fear criticism, coaching them about dealing with this will help them as their Spring team members express their energy.
At this point in your career, you’ve gained experience and wisdom. The fall harvest is now ready to be distributed. This is the time to give back and create fertile ground for the next Spring. Coaching for the “D” style can center around deciding how to best share this. Will you talk at someone or engage them? The “I” coaching now means looking at how you can step out of the spotlight and become more of a producer to young talent. An “S” personality can be coached on opening up their closely held relationships with others. Finally, the “C” style can benefit from coaching focused on helping others like themselves understand the balancing act between their own need for detail versus effective decision-making.
The Winter season is one of the best times to become a coach to others, but every life and career stage can benefit from learning how to coach. Consider becoming a certified behavioral coach through PeopleKeys and give back to others using all that you’ve learned!
Written by: Michael Dattilio
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