Ep 238 – Why HR Needs an Executive Coach

HR is in the spotlight now more than ever, HR leaders are busy supporting company programs, hiring efforts, strategies, and helping organizations shape what their workforce looks like in the midst of a global health crisis. So how do we balance our own career development with our careers? 

Episode 238: Why HR Needs an Executive Coach with Ann Fry (@AnnFry

Ann Fry, MSW, PCC, is an executive leadership coach and speaker. She has extensive experience working with organizations of all sizes, both training and coaching their high potential and leadership teams. She’s also one of Workology’s UpSkill HR executive coaches and has been working with HR leaders to provide support and structure for career development.

What Is Executive Coaching?

One of the reasons I wanted to create this program for executive coaching program just for HR professionals is from my own personal experience and working with a coach.I  experienced really great clarity working with an executive coach and have had the ability to grow personally and professionally very quickly. Our program helps HR professionals really hone in on the work that they need to do to be able to to achieve their their dreams, whatever their personal professional goals might be.

Executive coaching Ann says that it’s a professional relationship between a trained coach and a client with the goal to enhance the client’s leadership or management performance and development. Our UpSkill HR members work with Ann in a group coaching format, however, I felt like individual coaching is best when it is one on one giving you maximum growth in the shortest amount of time. Ann’s background is one of what she calls an accidental entrepreneur. She has a background as a therapist and was drawn to executive coaching because it offers a chance to provide guidance and advice in a way that traditional therapy does not offer.


We all need a strategic plan. How many times have you asked other people where they see themselves in five years, in 10 years? Can you still answer those questions yourself? It’s important that we get the tools we need to lead our own growth and development in HR, no matter what the economy looks like. Taking charge of our professional growth is the first step to future-proofing our careers in HR.

Thanks to Ann for joining us today. 

Workology’s Upskill HR Membership gets you up to speed quickly on the latest advancements and trends while connecting you to other HR practitioners to elevate your learning and personal growth. Upskill HR offers HRCI and SHRM recertification credits so that you can maintain your HR designation. Along with live training and over 100 hours of on-demand audio and webcast courses, UpSkill HR also gives you access to our executive coaching program where you can work one-on-one with an experienced HR executive coach like Ann. Learn more at Workology.com/UpSkillHR. I’ve included a link below to our new executive coaching program. 

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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