Although career coaching is its own specialty, some elements are critical for most life coaches to be familiar with. Whether you are coaching someone who is out of work, someone who is worrying about getting laid off, or someone who is just tired of the grind of working for someone else, you are very likely to need some career coaching skills. And one of the most basic and important aspects is the ability to clarify with your client whether he already has the mindset of an entrepreneur.
The 5 Keys
• An entrepreneur needs a long term vision. Explore with him what exactly he wants to accomplish. What will it mean for him to achieve his vision? What would it mean to him if he never does achieve it? How will it change his life, his finances, his relationships? How will it change him?
• An entrepreneur sees opportunities where others only see problems. He always looks for new and different approaches to reach his goals. If opportunities don’t present themselves, he creates them.
• An entrepreneur doesn’t give up when things get tough. He holds on to his vision of what he can achieve. He’s tenacious in his faith in himself and in his confidence that he will achieve his desired goals.
• An entrepreneur has a high risk tolerance. This is something you can evaluate on the basis of assessments and past history which should be a part of your career coaching process. He must value reaching his vision above feeling safe or secure on a day to day basis.
• An entrepreneur must be prepared for hard work, little sleep and no perks, at least in the early stages. There’s no such thing as a paid vacation until much later in the process.
Career Coaching Is Only The First Step
As a career coach, you would look at your client’s job history, wishes, strong points and limitations. You would help him evaluate his strengths and weaknesses as they apply to starting a business, and probably refer him on to a business coach to help him get started. If he isn’t ready for that yet, you might coach him yourself, or perhaps refer him to a success coach or leadership coach to help him build up the necessary attitudes, skills and expectations to succeed as an entrepreneur. Whether or not you are specifically doing career coaching, you can use these 5 key attributes as the first step to help your client have a successful entrepreneurial career.
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Dorine G Kramer
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach