When you’re not used to working with a coach, coaching does seems daunting. Oftentimes we are confused about the meaning. Mostly we associate it with the coach we knew (or know) in our sports team: someone telling you what to do and when. I don’t. I’m an executive coach. I am aware (and fundamentally believe) that every human being – including us executives – can handle any situation. We are totally, truly and fundamentally: naturally creative, resourceful and whole.
Executive coaching is not about me. It’s about you. It’s about making you great. It’s about ensuring that you not only perform on or over par, but really and totally outperform (whatever your benchmark is: leading a startup, an NGO, an established company, a school, a career change, your family…). I lead you from good to great.
A coach keeps you on track
A coaching relation starts (at least when working with me) with a solid mutual understanding of your vision, values and goals. Oftentimes I’ve seen that momentum is lost and motivation crumbles when we lose connection with these core elements of our being. Coaching ensures that you stay connected and that you don’t divert from those things you really treasure.
You get immediate feedback
You get what you buy. Oftentimes that implies that the vendor hides imperfection and sells you a dream. You can tell a coach anything you want, a coach will give you back i.m.m.e.d.i.a.t.e.l.y. what you are projecting, allowing you to understand and grow from there. When was the last time someone, anyone, really listened and gave you honest feedback?
She hacks your growth
Keeping you close to your core, I keep you in check with your future. Oftentimes, we entrepreneurs, get faced with boulders that feel unsurmountable. However, our sheer will, passion and dedication, makes us believe we will prevail. Now imagine having someone by your side turning the boulders into pebbles, shifting your perspective and unlocking new paths to accomplish your objective.
She creates accountability
Isn’t it easy to say: “YES!” and than do something else, forget about it and having an excuse ready whenever you get called out upon it? After all, who is having your back? Who makes sure you keep to your promises? Your coach creates an environment where commitment happens. Your coach will make you commit and hold you accountable. When your coach sees it is really important to you, she will make you commit and make sure you deliver. She will make you accountable and champion you.
Your natural leadership blossoms
We all are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Being recognised for your true self unlocks all possibilities to further your journey starting from a place of conviction, passion and dedication. You’ll unlock your potential and break through the boundaries you’ve set yourself today. What would be possible? Really?
Does it really work?
Yes it does, studies have shown that:
- Companies that have used professional coaching for business reasons have seen a median return on their investment of 7 times their initial investment, according to a study commissioned by ICF, and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Association Resource Centre Inc. (ICF Global Coaching Client Study, 2009)
- A study commissioned by a professional services firm, and performed by MatrixGlobal showed that the ROI on coaching was 6.8x the initial investment. (The Business Impact of Leadership Coaching at a Professional Services Firm, Merrill C. Anderson, PhD, 2006)
- Three stock portfolios comprised only of companies that spend aggressively on employee development each outperformed the S&P 500 by 17-35% during 2003. (How’s Your Return on People? Harvard Business Review, Laurie Bassi and Daniel McMurrer, 2004)
- Employees at Nortel Networks estimate that their coaching programs earned the company a 5.2x return on investment and significant intangible benefits to the business, according to calculations prepared by Merrill C. Anderson, a professor of clinical education at Drake University. Including the financial benefits from employee retention boosted the returns to 7.8x the initial investment. (Coaching the Coaches, Psychology Today, 2004, and Case Study on the Return on Investment of Executive Coaching, Merrill C. Anderson, PhD, 2001)
- According to a study of senior level executives at Fortune 1000 companies who received developmental coaching, the average return from the programs was nearly 5.7 times the initial investment. (Maximizing the Impact of Executive Coaching, The Manchester Review, Volume 6, Number 1, Joy McGovern, et.al., 2001).
Why not give it a try? Why not break through your boundaries and unlock even more of your innate abilities?
Are you up for it? ’cause I am!