Habits of an Effective Coach: Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw

Coaching has a vital role in the world of business. Many people start out in business without a clue how hard it will be. Creativity and enthusiasm quickly vanish under swathes of paperwork and the excitement of running a company fast turns to hassle and tedium. With business coaching, businessmen can learn how to hone themselves to be successful in order to grow their businesses. However, being an effective coach can be very challenging. There are a lot of ways on how to coach effectively and you would want to consider which method is applicable for you.

Stephen R. Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, talks about “continuous improvement”, which includes both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence. A coach always has a moment when he needs to regain his strength and perspective. You may not notice it, but sometimes, after a day’s work, your body is too exhausted. Every coach needs to take time renewing his/her physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional values. Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. Thus, it will result in a productive business coaching.

Caring for the physical body is a must. A good form of exercise that can be done at home should build your body in three areas: endurance, flexibility, and strength. Everyone feels good if they are physically fit. Surely, physical appearance will motivate your coachees to follow your advice if they see that you are fit for that kind of profession.

Fears and doubts are our second nature. Nothing hinders success more than being afraid of failure and nothing holds us back more than doubting one’s own skills. Two things can help break through the glass ceiling: acceptance of the nature of things, and determination. Uplifting spiritual dimension shows the way in winning against the daily battles you can face in the business world. It provides leadership to your life.

Mental awareness is important for a coach. We gained 75% of our intelligence from formal education. However, it doesn’t mean that we stop learning as soon as we finish school. There’s no better way to be informed on a regular basis than getting into the habit of reading. You can even read any new articles from the internet. Writing is another powerful way of sharpening the mental saw. It makes the mind organize, plan and visualize. Having a sound mind helps you think clearly, reason accurately and to be understood effectively.

Socializing with others will help you get along with people of different behaviors. If you often meet a lot of people, you will learn how to approach and adjust with each personality. You can do it normally every day.

According to Covey, “although renewal in each dimension is important, it only becomes optimally effective as we deal with all four dimensions in a wise and balanced way. To neglect any one area negatively impacts the rest”. You need to be committed in renewing all of them.

Implementing Habit 7 in your career will make a difference. Remember, good business coaches provide guidance, support, accountability and encouragement to their customers.


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Cherry A. Collier, Ph.D., MCC, CNLPMC, RCC, CPCC

Chief Collaboration Officer, Master Certified Executive Coach & Inclusion Strategist

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Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Free Press: 1989



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Dr. Cherry

Dr. Cherry Collier Ph.D. in Social/Organizational Psychology from UGA. Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the ICF and a Master Certified Coach and Trainer of NLP (MCNLP), Certified Mediator and Denison Culture Certified Consultant. Author of Move Out of Your Own Way and a 100+ book series The Science and Art, a collection of best selling books on the science of human behavior and success being used as reference for leaders, executives, managers and coaches from a variety of industries and professions. Professor of Coaching for the last 6 years at a University. Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Business School of a University. Over 5,000 hours helping with clients and coaches get massive results. Over 15 years serving as a mentor coach. Published scholar and has mentored Ph.D. and MBA learners. Founding Member of Coachville. Certified in various assessments Disc, MBTI and more