September 20, 2016

3 Ways to Spot the Best Professional Coach for Your Business

Why Executive Coaching Works!

Succesful Leaders know they need outside insight from experts they trust. They understand it’s critically important to have the wisdom of a trusted advisor when making important decisions. A good advisor offers valuable insight and experience decisions aren’t made on their own, and having an advisor’s perspective is hugely important when I’m considering which path to take as a leader.

Think for a moment, about the people whose advice you respect the most. Who are those people? More than likely, they have success in the areas you want to experience it in. Maybe they are a confident public speaker, a wise investor, or simply an inspirational leader. They could be running marathons well into their fifties or sixties or maybe they are able to retire early because they’ve saved and financially prepared better than any of their peers.

No matter how far along the spectrum of growth and development you are, there are times in life when you will need a professional coach.

Think about the gym. There are hundreds of different kinds of exercise machines and pieces of workout equipment at your disposal. But unless you’ve been certified as a personal trainer or understand a great deal about athletic conditioning, chances are, most of your knowledge of how to use this equipment is done by trial and error.

Leadership can be this same way. When we enter a job or take on a new position, we are handed various tricky scenarios to navigate without a lot of context. Some of us can feel slightly under-equipped to bring our experience to bear on the tasks at hand. Maybe we need to talk it through with someone we trust or walk in the steps of an advisor who has handled similar situations long before we came upon it ourselves.

That’s where the beauty of a professional coach comes in. A coach has a unique vantage point and years of experience helping others gain the kind of success they envision for themselves but can’t seem to find on their own. While a professional coach isn’t always who people turn to first when wanting to improve their professional life or achieve long-held goals, just for a moment consider an Olympian or a professional-level athlete without a coach.

Would it even be possible for them to compete at that level without a coach? Of course not! Yet we expect to achieve similar degrees of success in our professional lives by doing things the way they’ve always been done— on our own.

But if you are in the market for a professional coach, you need to know how to pick a good one. Here are three ways to separate the real deal from those who will guide you in the wrong direction.

  1. A great coach will already possess the kinds of results you want.

If it’s a positive outlook you are looking for, your coach should exude confidence and a contagious excitement about the future. If your desire is to create strong teams, your coach will have a long storied history of creating successful teams out of workplaces in dire need of refreshment or motivation. A great coach won’t have excuses but tons of examples of how they’ve fostered change in the companies they’ve worked with.I n fact, they’ll be brimming with excitement to tell you how much they’ve done for others, and what is possible for you.  All you have to do is ask!

  1. A great coach will help you visualize the journey from where you are now to where you want to go.

The best professional coaches are excellent communicators, and for this reason they have a specific set of skills that allows them to guide others along the path to success. A good coach will have the trained ear to hear what your goals are and will translate those into actionable next steps. This will almost be second nature to a good coach. Ask to see a roadmap to success or coaching philosophy as part of the interviewing process and see if your coach has what it takes to get you there.

  1. A great coach will have solid life experience to vouch for the guidance they are providing.

You can’t lead where you haven’t been, and it’s fairly easy in the age of websites and social media profiles to appear like you’ve done something when you really haven’t. Instead of being satisfied with a professional coach’s testimonials on the website, reach out and talk to someone who knows them personally, or ask for references of past clients who have worked with this particular coach and ask the hard questions. Chances are, you’ll find out really quick the quality of this person and how well their services work or not. Do your research and it will pay off when you hire the best possible coach to join your team.

To your excellence in choosing a professional coach that suits you,
Coach Greg