Higher Ed Coaching
Are you a new faculty member trying to figure out how to succeed in the complex world of higher ed? Have you been an assistant professor for several years and finally want to get promoted to full professor? Are you in a tenure position and don’t feel like you’re on track to nail your review? If any of these apply to you, hiring a coach might be exactly what you need. Coaching can help you shorten your learning curve, accomplish more in less time, and do it with less stress.
The culture of higher ed has always had a stigma associated with failure. The reason is obvious when you stop to think about it. We’ve all been successful in our lives by avoiding failure as much as possible. Being openly vulnerable is not something academics are bread to do. Asking for help isn’t something most faculty ever want to do, lest someone might find out and think you’re less capable of the massive accomplishments you envision for yourself.
In my view, this is the reason there is so little coaching in the academic world as compared to industry today. Almost all leaders at the top of their industries have coaching in the private sector and for good reason. It works. Research has shown coaching improves productivity by … (Site)
With competition in higher ed being so fierce, you need coaching to get an edge on the competition and it’s a big edge. With no one else in the academy using this tool at their disposal it’s a way you can differentiate yourself from the pack. Use your professional development funds, write it into your grants, or negotiate it into your startup packages.
I’ve been coaching people as long as I can remember. Fraternity brothers, college students, co-workers, friends, my managers, my parents, and even C-suit executives have shared with me their most intimate desires and fears. I’ve been sought by these people for the result of the introspective work I’ve done; the maturity, poise, and clarity of vision to handle the most vulnerable of issues with care and compassion. I know of no greater joy than the gratitude of someone who honestly feels they’re life has changed from something I’ve help them with.