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Want to Advance Your Career? Then Be Coachable

May 12th, 2017

Being coachable is just as important in the workplace as it is on the playing field. But what exactly does it mean? And how can you be more coachable – and get ahead in your career? Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.

Coachability Defined

Being coachable means you have an open mind when being corrected and are able take that feedback and apply it. Employers look for candidates who are coachable because they want those who are willing to learn and adapt to change in the workplace. They also know employees who are coachable typically display positive attitudes, are more receptive and open-minded, and generally deliver better results.

On the flip side, employees who aren’t coachable tend to:

  • always think they’re right;
  • have a rigid perspective;
  • lack self-awareness;
  • avoid change; and
  • be more negative.

So, if your boss is trying to point out an area that needs improvement in your performance, don’t automatically get defensive. Instead, listen up. It might be exactly what you need to hear to take the next step in your career.

If you want to be more coachable, here are a few other tips to consider:

  • Ask for feedback. Perhaps you’re not open to feedback because you don’t get enough of it. That’s why you must take the initiative and ask for more. When you do, you’re opening yourself up to more criticism, which can be scary at first. However, that’s the only way you can learn about and overcome issues getting in the way of your career development.
  • Listen to ‘what’ your boss is saying, not ‘how’ they’re saying it. Focus on the content of their remarks and ask follow-up questions so you’re clear. Though it’s certainly easier said than done, try not to take anything personally.
  • Welcome a new perspective. When you’ve been doing the same job day in and out for years, it’s easy to lose perspective. Getting feedback is a good way to regain it.
  • Act on feedback. Being coachable has two components: being open to feedback, and acting on it. Without the latter, the former doesn’t matter much. In addition, when you ask your boss for feedback, then ignore it, they might interpret it as a lack of respect.
  • Focus on the outcome. Keep in mind, your boss wants you to be your best. And taking their advice and input seriously is only going to help be more successful in the long run.

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