ARE YOU READY TO BE IN A COACHING RELATIONSHIP?
This is a very important question! You and I both want to be sure that you are not spending money and time, if you are not ready to be coached. I hope you will look at the questions below as a way to decided if this is the time for coaching, or whether you would be better served by waiting for a more appropriate time.
Coaching Readiness Assessment
A. Read the statements below, considering how TRUE they are for you. You can interpret the statements in either of two ways, depending on your orientation!
B. Score Yourself:
Rank each statement from 1 to 5 based on how true each statement is for you.
1 = Not At All True For Me - to - 5 = Yes, Very True for Me
C. Add the scores from the 10 statements. See the ratings at the bottom of the page to interpret the results.
Listen to Your Intuition. Consider each statement, and watch your reaction. Does it feel true for you and affirm your sense of readiness? Or does it create doubt and discomfort? The more the statements seem true for you, the more likely you are to experience success with coaching. Remember:
1 = Not At All True For Me TO 5 = Yes! Very True for Me
1. I have a genuine desire to push myself and change: (score 1-5)
Motivation for change must come from within you - not to please someone else. You are the only one you can really change.
2. I am willing to try new concepts, and experiment with different ways of doing things. (score 1-5)
Unless you shift perspectives and try new behaviors, little is likely to change. Experimenting with new views and behaviors can be playful and fun, while also being an essential aspect of change.
3. I value collaboration, and am willing to ask for help when I need it. (score 1-5)
The stoic, go-it-alone person who thinks asking for help is an admission of weakness is less likely to succeed with coaching.
4. I am disciplined about following through on commitments. (score 1-5)
"Talk is cheap." Doing “homework” between sessions - reading, self-observations, practices, and action steps - is important to produce genuine, sustainable growth over time.
5. I am candid and open in my relationships. (score 1-5)
Coaching is a partnership that requires you to be assertive in asking for what you want and to speak up when something is not working.
6. I am open to honest feedback from my coach and others. (score 1-5)
Listening to your coach and others will challenge established beliefs and require reconsideration of behaviors/habits in which you may be highly invested. Considering honest feedback opens new choices and possibilities.
7. I am willing to discuss my growth with others. (score 1-5)
If you need to keep your learning process a secret, are you really committed to change? The support and feedback of others can often help.
8. I am willing to invest the necessary time and money in coaching. (score 1-5)
Coaching is a powerful tool, but it requires willingness to make the proper investment. It only makes sense if you are serious about the process.
9. I will make this effort a priority for at least three months. (score 1-5)
If you’re expecting a “quick fix” you may be wasting your investment. Real change results from learning, practice, and feedback over time. Given this, you can expect real, observable, and sustainable changes if you make at least a 3 (and preferably a 6 month commitment
10. This is the right time for me to be coached; I am motivated and there’s no reason to delay. (score 1-5) Coaching should coincide with a real need, so that you have both the motivation and the opportunity to apply what you’re learning.
10-20: Consider waiting until a better time; explore your readiness for working with a coach
21-35: You seem to be ready
36-50: Now is the time to get started!
Thanks to Doug Silsbee for his model with this questionnaire.