Hiring an executive coach is a great step to drive results in your business.
Whether you’re starting out, have hit a plateau or want to develop new leadership skills for yourself or your team, coaching can be an invaluable resource for any type of business.
Here are five things to remember when choosing an executive coach.
1. Set up an interview
This step is useful for several reasons; Meeting with a potential coach before establishing a relationship allows you to assess their character and approach as well as ask any questions you may have about the coaching process. Make sure they are genuine, professional and that your personalities are compatible. You don’t want to be stuck working with someone you find irritating
2. Verify their credentials
What makes this person qualified to advise you in growing your business. It’s up to you to decide what’s important to you and what you feel are the necessary qualifications for coaching you and your team. What qualifications do they have? What is their level of skill and experience? How successful have they been in coaching previous clients? These are all questions you need to consider before hiring someone to coach your small business.
3. Get references
If possible, arrange to speak with past clients. Find out how their experience with this business coach affected business practices, culture and results. Was the experience positive or negative? You’ll want to make sure their past clients are satisfied and can report measurable improvements in the way their business runs.
4. Get a second opinion
If you are the managing director, arrange for another member of your executive team to attend the interview process as well. This will give you a second viewpoint on the potential value of retaining a coach and they will often have questions that haven’t occurred to you.
5. Sign a contract
Once you’ve found the right coach for your company, be sure to put a contract in place that details the services to be offered, payment terms, a timeline and any other specific information relevant. This practice benefits both parties as well as offering legal protection.
Now that you’re prepared to choose the best candidate for coaching your executives, take advantage of the opportunity and find a coach today!