15 Reasons Why You Could Use a Coach

Friday, September 28, 2018

Of the possible strategies you can pursue in advancing your career, most will not outshine the effectiveness and pure efficiency of working with a coach.

I was fortunate early in my career to recognize the need to retain a career coach. In a nutshell, a career coach can help:

  • Diagnose and sort out your situation and opportunities.
  • Offer new strategies for coping with office politics and competition from other firms.
  • Show you vital stress management skills.
  • Discover or capitalize on new opportunities.
    A good coach provides new tools to improve communication, and helps chart your goals and career path. Your career coach can also be your positive personal, behind-the-scenes confidant, consultant, and resource.

Can You Benefit From a Career Coach?

If you lack self-confidence, feel as if your career progression is not on the right track, or are faced with any of the following, then it’s likely you need a career coach:

1. organizational changes within your organization, especially if they have a direct impact on you

2. acquisitions or mergers

3. expansion into new markets

4. diversification into new products or services


5. increased competition to your firm from other firms trying to take over your market share

6. increased management or supervisory responsibility

7. increased leadership opportunities

8. a recent or soon-to-be-available promotion

9. a new boss, or a leadership shake-up above you


10. changes in your role or assignments within your company

11. in-company competition and power plays, corporate intrigue, jockeying for position, or turf protection

12. blockades of your progress by internal feuds or informal political processes

13. increased media exposure or public speaking requirements

14. increased production or sales quotas

15. a new project you must lead or participate in developing.

For several years I worked with a career coach—we met only once quarterly for two hours, but I would depart supercharged.

About the Author

Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC (aka "The Work-life Balance Expert"®) offers keynote presentations and workshops on a creating work-life balance, managing the pace with grace, and thriving in a hyper-accelerated world. He has spoken to Fortune 50 companies, such as Lockheed and IBM, as well as American Express, Westinghouse, America Online, and Wells Fargo. Jeff also is the author of Simpler Living, Breathing Space, and Dial it Down, Live it Up. His books have been published in 19 languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Turkish, and Russian. For more information visit

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