How To Choose An Executive Coach
Hire a Coach Series – Part 3 of 3
Finding the right coach is key.
Coaching is a highly personal endeavour, and it is critical to find a coach who is a good fit for your unique needs. Referrals are helpful, but knowing that what may work for one person may not work for another means that you need to do your own research to choose the right coach.
Hiring a coach is similar to filling a key role in your organization.
Step 1: Compile a list of candidates.
Review coach bios and websites to learn about their experience and approach, and to start to get a sense of who they are and what it might be like to work with them.
Step 2: Screen to create a short list
Once you have a list of coaches you may want to work with, move on to the screening stage. Whether by email or by phone, now is the time to ask questions that will help you determine if they will be a good fit based on your personal needs, priorities, and preferences.
Some questions to ask at this stage:
• What is your formal coaching training?
• What other relevant qualifications or experience do you have in coaching? In business?
• What ongoing professional development are you engaged in?
• Do you work with a coach?
• What is your philosophy of coaching?
• What can I expect in coaching sessions?
• How would you approach my specific issue?
• What assessments are you qualified to conduct? Will they be used to measure my strengths and areas of opportunity?
• How will my results and return on investment be measured?
• How will confidentiality be handled?
• What happens if our relationship isn’t effective?
Step 3: Take a “Test Drive”
Now that you’ve found someone you might want to work with, there is no substitute for experiencing coaching first-hand.
Most coaches will provide an introductory call – often free of charge or at a reduced rate. This shouldn’t be a “sales pitch”, but an opportunity for you to address an issue and feel what it will be like to be coached by them.
As you go through this process, trust your gut. Now is not the time to settle – take advice from Goldilocks and find someone who is “just right”!
Are You Ready?
Click here to book an introductory call with me. I’ll answer your questions about coaching, and we will tackle an issue of your choice in a coaching session!
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