Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Executive Coach- What Do the Experts Say?
- Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the best advice he ever got was to get a coach.
- Bill Gates emphatically says everyone should have a coach in his TED Talk. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson advocates coaching too, especially for first-time CEOs.
- “In a survey by Right Management Consultants, 86% of companies said they used coaching to sharpen skills of individuals who have been identified as future organizational leaders.”
- From, “What an Executive Coach Can Do For You,” Harvard Business Review
- “A coach may be the guardian angel to rev up your career.” Money magazine
- “Across corporate America, coaching sessions at many companies have become as routine for executives as budget forecasts and quote meetings.” Investors Business Daily
- “Coaches are not for the meek. They’re for people who value unambiguous feedback. All coaches have one thing in common. It’s that they are ruthlessly results-oriented.” Fast Company Magazine
- “Many of the world’s most admired corporations, from GE to Goldman Sachs, invest in coaching. Annual spending on coaching in the US is estimated at roughly $1 billion.” Harvard Business Review
- “I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable.” John Russell, Managing Director, Harley Davidson Europe Ltd.
If you’re considering coaching, here are 10 specific ways you could benefit:
- Measurable results – achieve goals with greater and more efficient productivity
- Deeper learning – about your strengths and underdeveloped skills, how to improve
- Plan for the future – develop step-by-step strategies and solutions to problems necessary to overcome for success
- Collaborative learning – a space to problem-solve and gain perspective
- Build strategy to “lean in” professionally
- Clarity on your values, perspectives and passion, which leads to greater conviction
- Gain awareness of blind spots – discover habits that may be holding you back, derailing your progress towards achievement
- Informed support and encouragement – reduces your isolation as you problem-solve
- Objective feedback – learn how others’ perceive you in a non-judgmental space
- Professional support for improving/fine-tuning specific skills – communication, delegation, conflict management, collaboration, non-verbal and emotional intelligence