New coach or brush off? Story: Newish hire who previously worked in area "A" pre-Covid that has seen less business. My current project is Covid related and sits in a different unit, say "B." (B for booming practice) My coach sits in "A" and meets with "B" leadership telling them "they didn't know if "A" would work out/be a fit and they're trying to see if other things will fit...." Wtf? Your "A" business is down 10-20% given covid and suddenly I'm not working in "A" because of "fit"?

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Dick move by your career coach. Seems like he/she is trying to position someone else for your slot in B. Poor leadership IMHO.

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I do agree that you have to speak to your current coach and understand what his/her concerns are. Some damage control with him/her may help. In parallel I would also suggest you speak to the project leader in B and reassure them why you are a good candidate for their role. Hope the above helps and keeps you in a sold role. Good luck. Btw in all if this please make sure you don’t come off as adversarial or angry. Stay level headed and calm... you got this 👊🏻

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That’s a tough spot to be in - are you able to switch to a coach that isn’t in a space that you work? An unbiased coach may be good for both you and bridge the gap between other leaders. And you can still find less formal mentors within the spaces you work for more specific project guidance, of course.

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If you are uncomfortable telling whoever assigns coaches about your concerns, perhaps you could use the situation you’re in right now and voice that you would like a coach that isn’t tied to either area since you are working in both/want an unbiased mentor & avoid calling out any specifics. Not sure how it works at your firm, but at mine, you’re able to switch your coach at any point if you don’t feel like it’s a good fit or if you work directly on projects with them - in fact it is encouraged to have a coach that isn’t your project manager.

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I feel like they're causing more harm than helping by painting me as not being a fit. Side note: theyre overall miserable and have been underutilized all year in a practice negatively impacted by covid.

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Coach = career coach or whatever informal person you use to describe the person who gets feedback from your managers, etc. And guides your career

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