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5 Reasons to Hire an Executive Coach



Are you feeling stalled in your current role? Have you faced challenges without the success you had hoped for? Do you want to switch careers? Are you unsure how to focus on your personal development? Do you want to live your best life?


If you said yes to any of these questions, you might want to hire an executive coach to help.


It is easy to feel like you have it all together but still get into situations where you cannot see the forest because of the trees. Also, the higher you go in any organization, the more difficult it becomes to get the thought partnership needed to learn and grow. An executive coach provides a unique perspective gained by coming alongside you, partnering in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential.



Why should you hire an executive coach?

After spending over twenty years coaching frontline and c-suite leaders in all sizes of organizations, I have found the following five common reasons to hire an executive coach:

1. Accelerate your career. Most of us go through day to day life giving more thought to what we will wear each day than our careers. If you find your career is stalling, you need a plan to give your career a boost. Hiring a coach focused on your career goals leads to improved performance. Coaching keeps you feeling challenged versus being worried about what's next. Additionally, a coach increases your blind spot awareness. We all have blind spots. A good career coach helps you avoid jeopardizing current and future potential career opportunities because of blind spots.

2. Shift your mindset. The world is changing fast, and no individual or organization is looking to remain precisely the same year over year. Shifting our mindset allows new perspectives and presents a never-ending opportunity to grow and achieve new heights in life and work. An effective executive coach will challenge assumptions and views and encourage, stretch, and challenge you.

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Wayne Dyer

3. Develop a career transition plan. I know many high performing leaders in their current role because of doors that a company opened. As a result, these same leaders have fascinating hobbies outside of work to offset a missing sense of purpose or passion. Transitioning careers is never easy, whether you are a frontline or c-suite leader. A career coach invokes greater understanding, awareness, and clarity uses powerful questions to facilitate clear actions and explore options.

4. Focus on personal development. If you don't have a goal, any direction can get you where you are going; however, be prepared to waste your time and not realize your full potential. A good coach helps you establish specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-specific steps to move you closer to your personal and career goals. Falling behind in today's rapidly changing marketplace will not lead to success.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Benjamin Franklin

5. Living Life to the Fullest. Do you ever feel like others seem to be living a full and happy life? If you have or do, you are not alone but living a full and happy life requires work and learning. Life is short and is worth living our best life. An executive coach can help you see different interrelated factors impacting you and be a genuine champion in a supportive way. Coaching facilitates experimentation and self-discovery through the application of what is discussed. A skillful coach helps you dance in the present moment and take actions necessary for what matters to you.

What does an executive coach do?

An executive coach helps clarify direction, guides thoughtful reflection, provides honest feedback, and is an accountability partner in your success. Often leaders pressed for time move from one urgent task to another and miss the advantage of pausing to reflect. The executive coach asks questions that explore learning and maximize value. Peer-review research on the topic of reflection has found slowing down and providing time for intentional reflection significantly improves individual performance. The reality is that leaders are busy, and without accountability, it is easy to miss opportunities for learning and growth. Typically, toward the beginning of a new year, we all start thinking about self-development and annual goals. Then all too soon after, a week passes, work happens, and we barely remember the goal. A coach can help prioritize topics most critical to advancing your goals and development.

Now more than ever, due to the complexity placed on leadership roles, executives need coaches that can support their continuous development. Falling behind in a rapidly changing marketplace will not lead to success. The coach-leader relationship is an essential tool to foster a leader's growth through purposeful direction, reflection, feedback, and accountability. Are you interested in learning more about executive coaching online? You will want to check out the following article: Virtual Coaching is Inevitable but is it Effective?


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Hi, I'm Jeff Doolittle. I'm determined to make your personal and professional goals a reality. My only question is, are you?

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About Jeff Doolittle

He is the founder of Organizational Talent Consulting in Grand Rapids, MI. Executive leaders who work with Jeff describe him as thoughtful, decisive, intelligent, and collaborative.  Jeff is a business executive with over twenty years of talent development and organizational strategy experience working with C-suite leaders in Fortune 100, Forbes top 25 private, for-profit, non-profit, and global companies in many industries.

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