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How Do You Know If You Might Benefit From Working With An Executive Coach?

Ask yourself the following questions to determine if an Executive Coach might be right for you at this time in your career. 


  • Have you started a new job, in a new company, where expectations are high, and you want to create a plan for success? 


  • Have you received feedback on some of your leadership behaviors that seem to get your relationships with others derailed?   


  • Are you uncertain about your next step after being passed over for a promotion?


  • Have you recently inherited a new staff with employee relation’s problems and may be struggling with how to resolve them?


  • Have you set some ambitious career goals, but don’t have a clear plan for how to reach those goals?


  • Have you recently been promoted to the executive suite and realize you need more advanced political skills than you currently possess?


  • Have you just undertaken a new, larger role in your organization with expanded areas of responsibility?


  • Do you feel confident in the more technical aspects of your job, but would like to improve your interpersonal and communication skills? 


  • Do you need to decide between conflicting job and career priorities and want to develop and execute a plan to accommodate both?


There are countless other situations that could call for the services of an executive coach; however, if you answered “yes” to any of the above, you most likely could benefit by working with an executive coach.


On the other hand, an executive coach is not always the answer.  For example:


  • Executive coaches should not be used to “fix” a person. A good executive coach will draw upon a person’s strengths and thus can help bring about lasting positive behavioral changes.


  • Executive coaches are not the intermediary between you and your boss. A coach is not there to communicate your boss’s expectations and priorities.


  • Executive coaches should not be brought in as a disciplinary measure. If you’ve received a poor performance appraisal, that needs to be addressed by your boss.


  • Executive coaches are not meant to be messengers who deliver bad news, nor should they be viewed as a substitute for a weak manager/boss


If you would like to learn more about working with an Executive Coach, call us at 980.643.0060 or click here.

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