You’re probably thinking that I’m going to tell you about my Security Job Coaching or my Security Career Coaching. Well, I could but not today.
My Quest to Find the Best Assessment Tools
I’ve been on a quest to find an assessment tool to build into the front end of my executive coaching methodology. I want to start my coaching process with a powerful, objective and scientifically validated assessment. I lean towards coaching to someone’s strengths rather than investing a lot of time to try to improve their weaknesses.
My Personal Assessment Experience
I recently took an assessment as part of my journey to find the right assessment for my coaching process. As part of my trial run, the company that gave me the assessment also gave me an hour of coaching time so I could dive a little deeper into how they suggest using their assessment tool.
This hour I invested with a coach was extremely valuable to me. Not just to help me understand this company's assessment tool but also for the personal benefit of having someone else objectively walk through my scores with me. I have always found assessment tool results to be fascinating. The more business-focused these tools are, the more intersting to me. It's just the way I'm wired.
I Practice What I Preach
Nearly 3 years ago, I started playing hockey for the first time in my life. I’d never invested much time to watch hockey on TV. I started playing hockey because a friend who played on my softball team at the time talked me into playing. It didn’t take very much convincing as I have never found a sport that I didn’t ultimately learn how to love to play. My friend took me to Play It Again Sports store and helped me to purchase the right equipment.
A week later, I was on the ice in an outdoor adult hockey league at 8500’ in the Colorado Rockies where I live. I was with a bunch of guys who grew up in places like North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan and who had played hockey since they were able to walk. My friend failed to tell the rest of the team that he’d invited a newbie player. I learned the rules of the game by way of the referees blowing the whistle when I violated a rule that I didn’t know existed. A tough way to learn the game of hockey I must say.
My friend guaranteed me that if I joined his league that they’d teach me how to play hockey. Well, that guarantee didn’t really come through but I figured it out the hard way.
He's the guy in the black jacket in the picture shown above.
Jim has played hockey for many years. He is generally a pretty quiet guy and is very careful to gauge the personality of a new player before he starts coaching them. In many cases, Jim doesn’t say anything to new players if he senses that they don’t want to be coached.