• Jeff Doolittle

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 spec