It Is All About You

Organizations are utilizing various methods to help develop their leaders over long period of times by implementing one-on one mentoring, peer coaching, team and executive coaching. Using coaching for development is essential to reach high potentials and in the area of retention. The more the company understands why they are using the coach then the client and the company benefits. Executive Coaching should not be used for disciplinary problems with managers, it is not designed to be a reactionary process or a fixer of bad behavior.

According to the American Management Association organizations use coaches for the following purposes:

1. To improve individual performance/productivity
2. To address leadership development/succession planning
3. To increase individual worker skill levels
4. To improve organizational performance
5. To address specific workplace problems
6. To boost employees engagement
7. To improve retention rates
8. To improve performance of employees whose supervisor is being coached
9. To improve recruitment outcomes

The more defined the reason coaches are being utilized the better results the company will be able to experience.

The coach has to come into this experience with certain skill sets. All coaches are different but they all should posses certain competencies in order to be effect to your organization. Executive Coaching skills should include the following:

1. Building Trust
2. Collaborating
3. Learning
4. Helping
5. Empathy

The above is only met if the coach is doing several things:

1. Effective Questioning: The coach should be curious about the needs of the client and what road blocks they may be experiencing.
2. Active Listening: The coach should not be out talking you, the ego of the coach must decrease in order for the clients needs to increase.
3. Giving Feedback: The coach must give you feedback based upon what you have said and around the goals and measures of the expectations.
4. Motivating: The coach is there to help you and the situation transform through various types of motivation and encouragement.
5. Reflecting: The coach should be able to assist the client by asking them to reflect. Reflecting allows the coach to see what the client gleaned from the session and also give some pointers if areas were missed. This is very important in the session.

Executive coaching is really about you. You are the most important aspect of the coach/client relationship. Your needs, aspirations, goals and concerns are upmost important in Executive Coaching.

I Speak Life Coaching is thrilled to offer these helpful tips to individuals and corporations who are in the market of hiring an executive coach.

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