by Faith Monson
I’ve been talking about Sherpas, the mountain guides that help climbers ascend the heights of Mt. Everest. In my role as a success coach, I often feel a bit like one of those Sherpas, helping my clients find their way up whatever poses a mountain-sized challenge for them.
One of my favorite Success Sherpa tools is laser coaching.
Many busy professionals put off success coaching because they’re afraid of the time commitment. They fear weekly one-hour appointments stretching on indefinitely. Because of that fear, they miss out on the benefits of feedback from a professional coach on life, work and success issues.
Laser coaching removes the fear of long-term commitment. With laser coaching, clients hone down their concerns to one bite-sized piece that can be addressed in a single hour. Client and coach work intensively for one hour on that specific issue, and emerge with an action plan. No further sessions are necessary. Additional laser coaching on different topics can always be added without ongoing commitment.
Here’s an example of a situation that is perfect for laser coaching. Suppose I have a client who can narrowly define the behavior or obstacle and is clear about its impact. Because laser coaching has only one hour, there’s no time to dig into the past or uncover cause and effect. The client should come prepared with a clearly defined problem and objective. For example, a client who is fearful about pulling together a major presentation could meet with a coach to devise strategies for organizing and presenting the material, along with positive reinforcement techniques.
If you’ve been holding off on tackling your own personal Everest, why not consider laser coaching as a way to take the first few steps? Remember—every step upward improves the view!