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7 Reasons You Need an Executive Coach

by | May 1, 2012 | Coaching, Profile

“Executive coaching is aimed at people who want to identify challenges to overcome them in the quickest manner with the maximum amount of quantifiable success.”
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There is a lot of media about executive coaching – you may even be getting a little riled by the attention.

That is okay.  It is completely natural to want to achieve success on your own.  After all, you have been doing it so far, right?

If you dream of working REALLY hard to achieve your goals, then do so, by all means.  But, you will be putting in a lot more effort alone.  Why waste your precious time?  Executive coaching is aimed at people who want to identify challenges to overcome them in the quickest manner with the maximum amount of quantifiable success.

Even the most successful people have a blind spot or two (we still think you are completely lovely).  So while you may not actually need an executive coach, it is certainly bound to make your life easier and more fulfilled in the long run.

Here are 7 reasons why:

  1. You really want to improve yourself. This cuts across your personal and your professional life.  People should experience continual growth.  Not to worry; we still think you should find quiet times with a slice of cake and good friends.  In fact, your executive coach also wants to get you to that point.  Growing as a person strengthens your career or points you towards a new one.  Your coach will encourage you to all sorts of new learning and growth.
  2. It’s a great way to sharpen your weapons. The workplace can be like a battlefield – at the very least a fight for survival.  You want to get your hands on the best weapons.  Knowing which tools mental processes to sharpen and which to abandon can make a big difference.
  3. ‘Tis far better learning from mistakes than ignoring them. Okay, we know everyone finds themselves in muddled situations.  It could even be completely out of your hands – you just happened to have the responsibility for it.  Clever executives learn from these mistakes rather than suffering through sleepless nights and coaches help with this process.
  4. You don’t operate in a vacuum. Even if you are running a small company, you still probably outsource things like IT or accounting or whatever aspects you don’t have in house.  A coach helps you to realise which strengths to focus on and which ones to delegate.  You won’t believe the amount of time it saves when someone else helps to create the situation where you can have some free time.
  5. Your dreams are individual. Everyone has the same basic goals – to have happy relationships, healthy bodies and to have an increasing amount of wealth.  But we all have different dreams (like owning a chateau in France or retiring early or…).  Executive coaches don’t just view you as a machine, but they look at your career as a healthy centre of your life with personal dreams thrown into the mix.  The goals you set and the challenges you work on will be centred around how you can achieve everything.
  6. Your team wants the best leader. Time spent with your coach and the discussions you have will stimulate a whole new understanding of how things should be working and where it isn’t yet a perfectly greased wheel.  You’ll find yourself communicating better with the people around you and improving their abilities.
  7. The mirror doesn’t really provide feedback. You can practise that presentation to the board all you like in front of a foggy mirror, but on your own, you won’t see anything new.  A coach is ready to support all your endeavours – and provide honest feedback.  Of course, he probably won’t listen to an hour long presentation, but he can advise you on where you could firm up on your skills, so you have something to look for when preparing for the deal of a lifetime.

Hiring an executive coach is another story.  Just because they all have a desire to see their clients succeed, doesn’t mean you will get on with one or another.  We think it’s a good idea to test the waters until you know what you want from the relationship.

It is also important to reassess that relationship.  Your coach should encourage you to undertake sessions with other specialists in order to reflect on their learning and structure.  It’s all a part of that growth thing we love.

Don’t forget, your coach can’t do it all for you.  You have to want what’s on the table.  Coaches can only steer their clients, not make those life changing phone calls.

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