Today's Challenge: Should I Hire a Coach?

This is the next post in a weekly series in which I attempt to answer a question from a leader somewhere in the world. Today’s Challenge is often framed like this: Great athletes have coaches, winning teams have coaches and many successful executives have coaches, should I hire a coach?

I think the answer to this question is:  it depends. What are your goals? How much time and money do you have to invest in a coaching experience? Do you have people in your life who are willing and able to do what a coach would do for you?
For me, the answer is yes, I feel like I need a coach. I’ve been working with Daniel Harkavy and Building Champions for about 5 years. I wish I’d started working with them earlier in my career.
Here are some of the reasons I have a coach…
Perspective – Do you ever get so close to something you can’t see it objectively? The answer is yes, we all do. My coach has enough distance to see things I can’t see. Here’s an example: In one of my first calls, he challenged me on my marriage. I was stunned! He saw things in my relationship with my wife that were not contributing to a healthy, long-term relationship. I had no idea (in part, because I’m a guy – but the real issue is I didn’t have the proper perspective). Perspective is the main thing I get from my coach. He sees things in a way I don’t. I need that.
Accountability – I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get to do the things I want and need to do. I often refer to accountability as a gift you give to someone else. Unfortunately, those closest to us – our family, friends and co-workers – will often avoid the conversations about accountability. A good coach has no problem with this part of their role. My coach says if he does his job well, it always gets ugly. Tough love is required, and he provides it regularly.
Questions – I don’t know how other coaches do their job, but my coach asks great questions. Questions that stimulate thought, questions that challenge me, questions that help me grow as a leader and a human being.
Productivity – My coach has helped me improve my productivity drastically. As I’ve gotten busier, I need someone to help me do more with less. After a call with my coach, I changed one process in my work life that saves me on average 6 hours a week! I’ve done the math… that single coaching call has already saved me over a thousand hours! That’s a real productivity increase.
My advice for leaders, young and old, if you can find a way to pay for it, the right coach is a great investment in your future.
What do you look for in a coach? I’ll write about that next week.[GLS_Shield]

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Bill Bliss

8 years ago

Mark, As an executive coach who has been working with leaders for over 15 years, one of the most important answers to the question of whether one should hire a coach is – am I coachable? Hiring a coach does not automatically mean that you will receive a benefit or achieve a successful outcome. You mentioned having accountability, and that is important; however, fundamentally, you must be willing to open yourself up and allow someone to provide insight, suggestion and those great questions that good coaches ask.

Shaz jones

8 years ago

I’d love to know what the new process / productivity tip was…

mark

8 years ago

Daniel recommended my assistant screen my emails. She generally does one of five things with each message: Delete, Delegates, responds on my behalf, she may also do whatever the message indicates, and finally, she passes the remainder on to me. I hope that helps! Mark

Cheeba Thiem-Sobotka

8 years ago

Great article a out having a coach. I’m an Image Coach so I understand the need for coaching in all arenas. From business coaches to life coaches to images coaches, we are all trained to see from the outside in thereby offering a fresh insight and perspective. We normally are NEVER able to see ourselves as we are or as others see us which can affect our presentation. Coaches specialize in rescuing us! Can hardly wait for your ext piece on this!! Thanks!

mark

8 years ago

Thanks for your comments! I look forward to your feedback on Part 2. Mark

Daniel Harkavy

8 years ago

Great post Mark. Your four reasons for or benefits from hiring an Executive Coach are spot on. I would add that having a coach really improves your decision making in both business and life. For the past 17 plus years now, that is what I see as one of the biggest benefits that come from having a good coach. Our clients are much more aware of what is truly most important, what their current reality is and then what steps they must take in order to get the results they want in their businesses and lives. They lead and live in ways that enable them to look forward to what is possible and what is ahead.
And you my friend are a joy to coach. You lead and live with intention! Thanks for your kind words and for sharing us Building Champion folks with your followers.
Daniel

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