According to Stanford University, one in three CEOs works with an executive coach. Countless other corporate leaders do as well. They're like elite athletes, in training to run their fastest race or play their best game. Times have changed from the days when coaches were brought in to solve leadership "problems." Today, an executive coach is seen as a game-changer, raising the bar even higher for high potential and high performing leaders.
Stanford University/Miles Group
CEO/Board of Directors Survey, 2013
You've heard the expression that it's lonely at the top. You've probably experienced it first hand. You're surrounded by people all day, but you're on your own when it comes to the things that keep you up at night.
Sometimes I'm hired as a coach for no reason other than to be a trusted advisor. We talk about personal leadership, professional growth, and pressing concerns about the business. More often, several other factors also come into play.
Here's the short list.
The list goes on, but you get the idea. Coaches provide a fresh perspective on challenging and lingering issues. Sometimes that's all it takes to shake things loose and create momentum for progress in the business.
Of course, once you choose to work with a coach, you have an important decision to make.
How do you find the "right" coach for you?
In many ways, choosing an executive coach is like choosing a business consultant. You want someone who has worked in environments like yours and with people like you, who comes highly recommended. There's so much value in working with a coach who gets it - who knows your world.
Hiring a coach is a very personal choice. It isn't about specific criteria, as much as it's about "fit." Of course you want your coach to be experienced, and highly recommended by a source you can trust.
But you'll have to trust your instincts too.
As you try to choose a coach, ask yourself these questions after you interview candidates. It really comes down to these five areas when you're trying to make your decision.
If you can answer "Yes" to most of these questions, you're making the right choice.
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Every client is unique in terms of priorities, timelines, and personal preferences for working together. That said, there are certain elements that make sense for almost everyone. Here are some of the things we'd likely focus on in our work together.
- Understand your strategic priorities
- Examine opportunities and challenges
- Explore team dynamics at all levels
- Understand your leadership profile
- Refine your persona and presence
- Create compelling vision and alignment
- Cultivate your authentic strengths
- Minimize impacts from weakness
- Improve organizational competencies
- Manage Executive/Board relationships
- Develop high performance culture
- Create the right conditions for success
If we start working together and you don't see value from our interaction, you aren't committed in any way to continue.
(Thankfully, that's never happened.)
Coaching can't be effective in a vacuum. I tell my clients that everything they identify as an opportunity or challenge... exists in the context of everything else. That's why we cover so much territory and that's also why my experience is valuable to the coaching process.
I can engage with your whole team as a "consultant," or I can support you entirely behind the scenes as a confidante, collaborator, and supporter as your coach.
So what's the real benefit? The icing on the cake?
Pure support and guidance.
No ulterior motives.
No politics. No positioning.
No self-serving agendas.
No concern over sharing vulnerabilities.
I'd welcome the opportunity to learn more about how I can support your success. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by having a discussion about how I can help. Learn more about my background here. Or read what others have to say about working with me here.
Or even better? Let's talk today.