7 Faculty Types Who Should Hire a Coach NOW… and why!

This may seem like a shameless plug for coaching, and perhaps it is. But folks really need to know that help is available and that, despite so many cultural messages to the contrary, getting the support you need is a good thing.  It could help you keep your job, for one thing.  And you can find yourself a whole lot happier, too.  You'll notice that I'm writing to folks in the tenure track, in particular; but this list applies to faculty at any level.

  1. The tenure clock is ticking and you’re not doing what you know you need to do. You do lots of other stuff, but not what it’s going to take to be successful in this venture. The deadline seems far away, but each day that passes without your having taken care of your most important business is yet another day lost. You can’t get it back to do over. And with each lost day, your ever-descending sense that you haven’t done what you promised yourself you would do that day reinforces your sense that you probably are not capable, after all. Of course, you are capable. How to get you moving and stay moving is a coach’s expertise.
  2. You’re not showing up how you know you need to show up. Perhaps you’re not performing well in your classes. Maybe you’re not speaking up… or speaking up too much. Maybe your fear of being blackballed has squelched too much of the style that makes you interesting to others. Perhaps you haven’t figured out how to relate to your students. Showing up more fully will not only serve to make you appear more interesting, it will make you more interested.
  3. Expectations for tenure are unclear. You aren’t sure what you’re supposed to be doing. Maybe they don’t want to tell you what you need to do. Perhaps they think you should know what to do without being told. Maybe they don’t even know what it is they want you to do. The problem is that, sooner or later, you will be judged based on some criteria, explicit or implicit, fair or not. The bottom line is that you need to know. Maybe they’re telling you and you’re not listening. Maybe they expect you to ask. A coach will make sure your activities are founded in the reality of your situation… and will help you take the steps to achieve your goals
  4. You are distractible or disorganized. Or both! A coach will help you put systems in place to minimize distraction, help you stay on track, and get yourself organized. And your coach will bring you back to your agenda when the other systems fail to do the job.
  5. You beat yourself up for your shortcomings. That you have come so far might be an accident, contributing to your belief that you’re a fraud. Probably this is not the bigger truth. The bigger truth is that we all have shortcomings. And despite this reality, we all are stronger and more gifted than we are comfortable admitting to ourselves. Your coach will remind you of who you are, what you are bringing to the world, will “champion you” as you take on more than you believe you can.
  6. Writing. Oy! Can’t get those words onto paper. Don’t ever feel good about sending them off. It is, in fact, possible to write more easily. Less drama. Some satisfaction, even.
  7. Unhappy with your situation. You are doing just fine, getting your work done, moving forward, on track to success. You just don’t know why you are doing it… ‘cause you don’t really like either where you are, who you’re with, or what you’re doing.

If any of these describe you, give me a call… or give another coach a call.  But don't just assume things will change for the better if they haven't so far.  That's not likely to happen.  Remember: You have nothing to lose by calling me and the possibility of real gain if you do.  Here's how to contact me .

-Steve Reiter
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