Why You Should Hire A Coach Before Problems Arise
Many people wrongly assume that you only need a coach when your career isn’t going well. But that’s not true at all! The best time to engage a coach is when you aren’t dealing with any major crisis.
Executive Coaching Can Help You Leverage Your Strengths
Coaching doesn’t have to focus solely on fixing areas that are challenging or where you’re weak; it can also help you leverage your strengths, shift your thinking, and align values with your work. Gaining new perspectives and learning about yourself through coaching should be an ongoing process and is invaluable for your leadership development.
Working with the appropriate type of Coach when your career is on track can help you prevent performance issues and deepen your connection to your work.
- Identify and set leadership development goals
- Build your Personal Brand and stand out amongst your peers
- Boost your confidence and build your executive presence
- Clearly articulate your value and market yourself for higher positions or plum assignments
- Build relationships with your customers, vendors, superiors, peers, and subordinates
- Learn how to motivate your staff
- Increase your ability to influence others
- Delegate effectively
- Hold people accountable
- Improve your time management
- Increase your work/life balance
- Discover and mitigate your blind spots
- Determine and shape your career path
- Select a career that will be meaningful and fulfilling for you
- Understand your strengths and values
- Determine how to use your strengths and values more often in your work
- Create a Career Action Plan
- Improve your work satisfaction
- Negotiate (or renegotiate) your compensation, benefits, and perks
Why You Need A Coach When Things Are Going Well – Video
In this video, Sherri Cannon, PCC, Executive Coach and Donna Schilder, MCC, Executive Coach & President, Donna Schilder Coaching, discuss why you need a coach when your career is going well.
Why You Need a Coach When Things Are Going Well – Video Transcript
Executive Coaching Isn’t Just for Fixing Problem Executives!
Sherri Cannon, PCC, Executive Coach:
You have always had a world view around why coaching through the good times and not just the times when someone’s in trouble. That’s one of the things I feel like I’ve really learned working with you. There are leaders who, with the amount that’s on them, the role that a really skilled, trusted coach-partner can play, it’s not just about being there when the chips are down, is it?
Use Executive Coaching for Proactive Leadership Growth
Donna Schilder, MCC, Executive Coach:
Not all. A smart leader will have a coach to help them grow continuously at all times. And if you think about it, the traditional role of the coach for, say golf, you don’t just get a coach when you have a bad swing, you have a coach all the time, if you are going to play at the highest levels. So if you want to play at the highest levels, you have a coach, and there’s always things that you can work on. And the coach introduces information to you that you may not be aware of, that relates to your goals. The coach helps you stop and create goals for how you want to grow as a leader. Those that are great leaders continuously grow.
It’s Difficult to Learn When You’re In An Emergency Situation
And when you’re not in an emergency, that’s the best time to learn. When the chips are down, it’s harder to learn because there’s more emotion, there’s more pressure, there’s less time. And coaching is such a convenient way to learn. You just get on the phone with your coach. You don’t have to drive somewhere, you don’t have to walk to a meeting. You just get on the phone wherever you are and you talk.
Coaching Helps Executives Look at the Big Picture
And the coach also helps you stop and look at the big picture. It helps you get perspective that you wouldn’t stop and have, because you’d be so focused on all the problems and all the work that needs to be done, and the things that need to be assigned and all of that. So I believe coaching needs to be done in a proactive way rather than a reactive way, and that the best organizations provide executive coaches to all of their top leaders and, intermittently, to all of the leaders in the organization.