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When you are thinking about hiring an executive coach for yourself, your team, or another individual in your organization, it is useful to consider the following questions:

[learn_more caption=”Know what you want to accomplish”]

  • Improve my performance
  • Improve team performance
  • Improve the interpersonal skills of a person on the team
  • Build an executive’s competence level on a specific task, e.g., public speaking

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[learn_more caption=”Know your success indicators upfront”]

  • My performance improves. I know this because more people are doing higher quality work faster or more cost effectively.
  • My team has become a high-performing team. I know this because, e.g., there is more trust, accountability, ability to manage conflict; results are better.
  • Interpersonal skills of the individual receiving coaching are improved. I know this because, e.g., retention is higher in that individual’s department.
  • The person for whom we hired the coach is better at “x.”

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[learn_more caption=”Identify resources”]

  • Coaches can work on an hourly, a quarterly, or a six-, nine-, or twelve-month basis; how will I hire a coach with my budget?
  • Can I work out a deal with the coach for company stock or some other form of payment?

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[learn_more caption=”Commit time”]

  • Can I put time aside each day to do my coaching assignments?
  • Will I put time aside for others who are being asked to participate in the coaching engagement?
  • What kind of interaction will I have with the coach?

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[learn_more caption=”Determine how to find a coach”]

  • Industry or company peers.
  • Industry networks or associations, web review.
  • Human Resource organizations

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[learn_more caption=”Think about questions for the coach”]

  • What is your coaching philosophy?
  • What is your experience with situations that are similar to this one?
  • How do you work? Face-to-face; phone; email; web?
  • May I phone references?
  • What are your typical rates for this kind of coaching?
  • If I need you at times other than our “appointed” time, are you available?
  • What is the exit plan if coaching isn’t having the intended impact?
  • What is the upfront plan to “Sustain Success” after the coaching?

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After you have reviewed these questions, please feel free to contact us to schedule time to discuss your coaching challenges.