Executive Coaching will help you achieve the pinnacle of your success – well yes I would say that given I am an executive coach. But it isn’t just me that says this. As an organisational psychologist I can assure you there is evidence for this too (Bowles et al, 2007, Bono et al 2009 to name but two). It is unlike me to be so brazen in “selling my wares” although it isn’t the hard sell it seems. The reality is that executive coaching will only work if you choose the right coach and I am not going to say that would be me for all of you, although I’d be lying if I didn’t say I hope at least a few.
I am going to say, however, that I bet you all have something about yourself you would like to change and be better at. If you choose the right executive coach then you will achieve this change. The studies show that when you have a strong relationship with your coach your confidence in achieving that change is significantly impacted (Baron and Morin 2012).
So what do I mean by a strong relationship? Well this is more than developing a close relationship which some refer to as chemistry, click or a bond. More specifically the rapport that is built also needs to have clear and achievable goals (Page & de Haan, 2014). This is what will lead to the right outcomes for you. On a practical level, this means that it is important for a coach to work together with you in a manner that is task- or goal-focused. This gives your coaching conversation a clear direction that is action-oriented, and facilitates the strengthening of your relationship.
It may only be a small change that you want to make, in fact in many ways it should only be small, well at least realistic, but a good coach will help you with this. Possibly you already know what to do but you just need to find the time or discipline to implement it. Surely that is further evidence that a coach will help you. Find yourself a coach to help you. There is nothing more liberating than achieving change, just think back to the times you have achieved it in the past.
More and more people see having a coach as something to be proud of rather than hidden away. After all even Usain Bolt has a coach.
Baron, L. & Morin, L. (2012). The working alliance in executive coaching: Its impact on outcomes and how coaches can influence it. In E. de Haan & C. Sills (Eds.) Coaching relationships (pp.213–226). Farringdon: Libri.
Bono, P., Purvanova, P., Towler, A. & Peterson, D. (2009). A survey of executive coaching. Personnel Psychology, 62, 361–404.
Bowles, S.V., Cunningham, C.J.L., De La Rosa, G.M. & Picano, J.J. (2007). Coaching leaders in middle and executive management: Goals, performance, buy-in. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 28, 388–408.
Page, N. & de Haan, E. (2014) Does Executive Coaching Work? The Psychologist, 24, 582-587)