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Choosing The Perfect Executive Coach

Finding the right coach is in some sense finding the right partner, something that requires careful analysis and a little spark. Bear in mind, effective coaching requires investment, of your time, energy and yes, money

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As a Senior Executive, you're in demand, at the top of your game and possibly highly regarded by your peers. So why should you consider taking hours out of your schedule and talk to a coach?
As Fortune Magazine so effectively quoted ' coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximise their own performance ... coaching brings out their best by helping them focus, breakdown tasks and clarify their values '
The right Executive coach, can take you from good performance to a stellar one, average profit margins to industry-leading ones, from the daily grind to living the life of your dreams.
So how does one go about looking for this coach that can help you achieve breakthroughs leading to transformations both professionally and personally?
Each of us are wired uniquely and the chemistry you share with your coach will be unique to you, however, there is a guideline that can help you navigate in your selection for a coach that would be right for you.
1.      Someone who has been there and done that. It's hard to understand the ups and downs of being an Executive or entrepreneur unless you've been one yourself. That's why it's important to find a coach who has walked in your shoes and understands the impact of working in a high pressure environment
2.      Results focussed approach. Effective Coaching is largely process and results oriented. Most successful coaches will provide a structured process while allowing your firm to personalize it based on your unique situation.
3.      A system of accountability .  Accountability is the cornerstone of coaching. It's crucial to ensure the coach you work with has a system that tracks action items and holds you accountable for completing them.
4.      Focus oriented. A result oriented coach will continue to challenge your goals to help you gain sharper focus. Your coach should not accept your goal of "increase sales by 15%" but should challenge you and help you to uncover the key activities and behaviours that will enable you to achieve those goals.
5.      Perspective and insight. The ability to help you see and overcome roadblocks to success. We know things don't always go as planned. A coach brings with them a unique perspective coupled with trained line of questioning that can help you see the blind spots and actions to overcome them.
6.      Chemistry/ compatibility. Coaching can get real personal. I know stuff about my clients that their spouses don't even know. Take the time on the front end to make sure you and your coach develop a trusting relationship. You don't have to be best friends, but mutual respect is essential to make this a success.
7.      Straight shooter. A successful coach is not your friend. Coaching is about growing, developing, and getting results. When you're veering off course, your coach must have the confidence to call you on your excuses, and the ability to guide you back on track.                                                                                                                                             
Clearly, finding the right coach is in some sense finding the right partner, something that requires careful analysis and a little spark. Bear in mind, effective coaching requires investment, of your time, energy and yes, money.
Do your due diligence. Ask the right questions. Use this guideline. When you find the right coach, their fees will be a small fraction of the return you receive in the form of revenue, profit, and personal growth.

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Garima Parasher

After a successful global corporate career, Garima finds fulfilment in coaching senior executives both in India and Globally

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