Ep 50 – Why Your Leader Needs an Executive Coach

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Ep 50 – Why Your Leader Needs an Executive Coach

The Institute of Coaching cites that over 70% of individuals who receive coaching benefited from improved work performance, relationships and more effective communication skills. They also reported that a huge 86% of companies feel that they recouped the investment they made into coaching plus more on top.

Studies show that coaching is effective at reducing procrastination and facilitating goal attainment and there is a growing body of empirical research that supports the findings that business coaching really does facilitate goal achievement. In a case study published in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring explores how coaching supports the development of female leaders in an organization.

I have a business coach and it’s been great for me. I am more organized and accountable and I’ve made some decisions in my business as a result. Plus, I can say that I have a better work-life balance. I still work a ton but I feel so much better knowing that things are scheduled and we have a system. It’s a freeing yet weird feeling. I haven’t always felt this way about coaching. For a long time, I felt like by having a coach I was weak. My thoughts have changed on this once I really sat down and thought about the fastest way to move forward and get unstuck personally and professionally.

Today’s featured article comes from Workology and is a podcast interview with friend and executive business coach, Tegan Trovato. She tells me in a previous podcast interview why you should think about an executive coach.

Having a new set of eyes a fresh set of eyes that isn’t emotionally entangled with the business outcomes isn’t biased doesn’t have any political agenda. It’s refreshing for any organization to have that and part of that. We need to recognize it’s important to select the right person for that kind of work. Bring in an outside coach also helps executive teams I work with a lot of teams so I’ve watched executive teams in particular move from a group operating model into operating truly as a team. So a great outside coach because they’re not again not attached to this executive team in an emotional way they can be objective they can influence advise model behavior for them and even be really overt about the fact that an executive team is operating as a group of independent leaders reporting into a CEO where a CEO is now or finding they get much more value if the executive group begins operating as a team and having many more shared agendas sort of letting some of the boundaries fall away and allowing sales to influence operations and operations Influence marketing for example just by sharing their expertise more.

Getting a coach was an investment and it was a huge risk especially in my business where I am the boss and if this thing doesn’t work it’s all on me. What I’ve learned about having a coach is that it isn’t about the money. Yes, expertise costs money but it is about believing in myself and trusting that I can make this work. I’ve been working with a coach for about 5 months and I’ve grown a lot in that time. I think the real benefit is that I’m finally investing in me. In HR I think we do this all too often. We are giving to everyone else instead of ourselves and to be our best in our jobs and in life, we need to focus on our own selves whether that is time off, self-care, a business coach or training.

I’m including some links in the transcript of this podcast for you. I’d also love to hear from you if you’ve had a breakthrough personally or professionally when working with a coach. Send me a DM on Instagram @jmillermerrell.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell is the founder of Workology, a digital resource that reaches more than a half million HR and workplace leaders each month and host of the Workology Podcast. Jessica lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, daughter, and an assortment of furry family members.


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