People turn to executive coaches for a variety of reasons. Sure, if you’re in a jam, an executive coach can help, but they’re not only for crisis situations. People used to hire executive coaches in reaction to a pressing situation. Now, people are being proactive and hiring executive coaches when things are going well. For example, to help increase your competitive edge.
While mentors can also help, they may not have as much time as you would like, or you may feel you are imposing on their time. Your boss may “coach” you from time to time, but they have their own jobs to do and their own issues to contend with.
Whether you’re in trouble or looking to strengthen your position, now is the right time to hire an executive coach.
Here’s our “Take Five” on how an executive coach can help you:
Raise Your Game – Whether you want to position yourself for promotion, increase your industry knowledge or be more effective in your job, an executive coach can help you get there. Increasing your competitive edge is key to long-term career success. Whomever you hire should be able to teach you best practices in the areas that are most important to you (e.g., negotiations, leadership, execution, etc.).
Putting Out a Fire – Your situation may be dire. For example, you may be on a plan with a short timeframe in which to improve your performance. Your boss wants to see significant improvement in certain areas and your job depends on it. When working with a coach, have them develop an action plan to aggressively address each of the areas you need to improve. Measurement is critical, so make sure you hire a coach who will hold you accountable.
Transitioning To Something New – You’ve reached that point in your career when you know you need to do something different but are not sure what. A good executive coach can help identify those things which you enjoy and are good at. S/he can then help you leverage those into a new, more fulfilling career. Once you have identified what it is you want to do, you and your coach should create a career plan with specific actions to move you in that direction.
Increase Job Satisfaction – We can all be happier in our current jobs. An executive coach can help target those components of your job which you enjoy most and help you focus more on those areas. Similarly, you can take the areas you don’t like and work with your coach to make them more fun.
Improve Your Relationships – Most people work in an environment where they are dependant on others to get their jobs done. Given this, having good working relationships makes you happier and more productive. An executive coach can help you strengthen those important relationships, identifying opportunities for you to bond with co-workers in genuine and productive ways.
Hiring an executive coach is a smart thing to do. Not only will they help you raise your performance level, they can give you invaluable perspective on your situation. Executive coaches counsel hundreds of people in a myriad of industries and that perspective can yield significant benefits.
A good coach can help move you into first class.