How to Leverage Your Executive Coach

So you’ve finally hired an executive coach—which means you can sit back and let the results start rolling in, right? 

The truth is, if you want to make the most of this opportunity, you’ll need to do a lot of hard work. Plus, if you truly want to leverage your business coach, there are a few strategies to keep in mind. Here are a few steps to help you maximize the experience.

1. Commit to the process.

Change never happens overnight. It’s a process, and if you’re truly committed, you have to go all in. Be ready to stretch farther than you thought you could, because change only happens outside your comfort zone, and a good coach helps you get there. 

2. It won’t be easy.

The best executive coach will constantly challenge you. As stated above, you’ll be doing a lot of hard work—and you’ll only get out of it what you’re willing to put in. Give it your all, though, and I promise you’ll get much more out of the process.

3. Set your vision from the start.

Know what you want yourself to look like at the end of coaching, and share this vision with your executive coach. With this, the two of you can develop a series of measurable goals and milestones to help you both understand what the “new you” should look like in a month, six months, or a year. Don’t forget to plan with consistent and measurable goals to make sure you stay on track. Use these goals to evaluate your progress and course-correct when necessary.

4. Learn to leverage your strengths.

Often, we get coaching to shore up our weaknesses, but the real power is in leveraging your strengths. A good business coach can help drive you toward excellence, so don’t be afraid to ask them about honing your strengths. Have them teach you to maximize and apply your strengths, as well as how to seek out situations that take advantage of them. 

5. Be open with your executive coach.

If you keep to surface-level topics, you’ll only see superficial benefits. One thing working in your favor is that your coach is on your team! Coaches have an ethical responsibility to confidentiality. Your business coach works for you. They’re your partner. This means that your conversations take place in a safe zone, so open up to let them help you get better results.

6. Accept feedback.

Again, your coach works for you—and one thing you’re paying for is honest feedback. This can be tough when it’s something you don’t want to hear, but it’s better to receive criticism from your coach than from your boss or colleagues. Remain accepting rather than defensive, and start putting the feedback to good use. 

7. Do the work.

Coaching isn’t a class you walk into unprepared. If you’re going to get results, you’ll want to read over the agenda for your coaching session and prepare questions and concerns to work on. In addition, you’ll need to put the skills and strategies you learn into practice as you go through your workweek.

If you’ve gone through the trouble of hiring an executive coach, do yourself a favor and commit to the work. Take advantage of the opportunity—because though the work may push you out of your comfort zone, it’s only by committing that you’ll see the real power of coaching.

As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


WADE THOMAS

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