How to Find the Right Executive Coach for Your Company

Executive coaching is a lot like the Wild West. There are few restrictions. Anyone can hang a shingle out and call themselves an executive coach, making finding the right coach for your organization challenging.

Here are six questions to ask potential executive coaches:

  1. What qualifies you to coach executives, and how many people in our profession (or industry) have you coached?

Anyone can earn a coaching certificate from the many coaching certification mills out there, so if the response to this question starts with “I have a coaching certificate from the XYZ School of Coaching,” be wary. Dig deeper and ask the person to provide more information about their coaching experience.

Keep in mind that every industry has its nuances. For example, tech companies are typically very fast-paced. In contrast, service firms are usually highly political organizations. Make sure the person you’re considering hiring has the experience necessary to advise your employees properly.

2. What’s your coaching style and approach?

Every executive coach has a unique way of doing things. It’s important to know how they approach business coaching because it affects the experience your employees will encounter and the results you get. Some coaches are all about practical skills and techniques, like leadership coaching, while others take a more reflective approach. Figuring out what suits your organization best can help you find the right fit.

3. How are organizations better off because of working with you?

You’re considering making an investment that should benefit the coachee andthe organization. Be bold and ask for specific examples of how a particular coach’s work has impacted the organization.

4. How would you describe your experience working with executives like ours who are experiencing similar challenges?

Evaluate the coach’s background by inquiring about their coaching tenure and their history of success working with individuals who resemble the kinds of people in your organization. Communicate your coaching goals and inquire about their experience working with clients with similar objectives.

5. How do you stay current with industry trends and best practices?

A great executive coach should be up to date with the latest trends, tools, and techniques to help people in your organization stay ahead in your field.

6. What support do you offer between coaching sessions?

Some coaches provide additional resources and support between sessions, which can be valuable in maintaining momentum and progress. For example, in my executive coaching practice, clients receive unrestricted access to me via email and text. This access results in accelerated growth, as they can ask questions in real time.

It’s essential to do your research and to ask these questions to ensure a successful coaching experience for your employee and your organization.

Reach out to me for a complimentary call to explore coaching for your organization.

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