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Are you ready to hire a coach?

Here is a list of questions to help you decide:

Do you have a clear vision of where you want to be?
• Is there a gap between where you are and where you'd like to be?
• Do you have clear professional goals?
• Are you willing to focus on the present?
• Are you interested in developing yourself?
• Are you about to make a critical decision pertaining to your life or career?
• Are you ambitious?
• Are you getting the message from those around you that you need to make some changes?
• Are you willing to work extremely hard?
• Do you have time and resources to invest in your future?

If the answer to most of these questions is "yes," then it's probably time to start seeking the services of a professional coach.

What's next? Look deeper into the above questions.

(For advice about what to look for in an executive coach, see "What Makes a Good Executive Coach.")


A professional coach should acknowledge and honor his or her ethical obligations to clients and colleagues and to the public at large.

Treating people with dignity as free and equal human beings and to model standards of conduct with those who are being coached.




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Here are some coaching tips for gaining clarity on what a coaching relationship can do for you:

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Managers are hired because of their technical skills and experience and fired because of their lack of ethical leadership ability.

Of 462 executives who were asked, "What characteristics are needed to be an effective leader today?" 56 percent ranked ethical behavior as an important characteristic, followed by sound judgment (51%) and being adaptable/flexible (47%).

Source: American Management Association, New York

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"The same leaders who exclaim that 'people are our most important asset' usually do not think very hard about choosing the right people for the right jobs. They and their organizations don't have precise ideas about what the jobs require--not only today, but tomorrow--and what kind of people they need to fill those jobs. As a result, their companies don't hire, promote and develop the best candidates for their leadership roles." Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan (New York:Crown Books 2002)

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Leadership development is about helping people build the capability to engage in productive relationships and improve their effectiveness with organizational change.

The reigning alternative to leadership coaching in the United States is the $10 billion a year Corporate America lavishes on leadership training. Studies show that the benefits of this seminar-heavy schooling usually vanish within a few months. But research from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management shows that the impact of coach-like training can last seven years. The emotional-intelligence skills coaches specialize in helps leaders create more productive cultures, which in turn drive up profits, according to Daniel Goleman, Annie McKee, and Richard Boyatzis in their book, Primal Leadership.
“The crux of leadership development that works is self-directed learning: intentionally developing or strengthening an aspect of who you are or who you want to be, or both.” Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee (Harvard Business School Press)

Become a Key Element of Interdependent Networks

When you become a linchpin in your web of personal and business relationships, you attract resources and opportunities. A critical success factor is gaining a better understanding of how to productively use, redefine and build a porous network of partnerships. Effective corporate leaders are strategic in the way they share knowledge. They use their knowledge to earn trust and build their reputation within their company and industry. Check out this if you hate networking.

Personal Development leads Business Development

Personal growth can seem like a painful process, especially when you approach it alone. People want to be led, not managed. Organizational leadership is an art that must be learned, then earned. As a leader, you have a unique need for objective insight into what you think and why you think it. A coach can help you to gain the insight that leads to clarity for making clear, thoughtful and confident decisions. And can help keep you on your chosen career path.

No One Likes Change.

Most people are slow to accept change. This is illustrated in Wallace Stegner's to-the-point quote, "Chaos is the law of nature. Order is the dream of man."
Because this is not your father's economy, a major business buzzword today is "resilience" defined as the ability to recover quickly from illness, change or misfortune; buoyancy. In today's environment of changing technology and evolving complexity, we don't have to fake it. Yet, we must keep growing our abilities to grasp the success we seek.
To be an economic survivor, one must be resilient in their career, company and community. A coaching relationship makes it easier to cope with the chaos by learning key personal and business strategies---that may not be known inside the walls of your workplace.

Awareness drives transformation

Transformation is the natural outcome when you bring awareness to your life. Awareness is a nonjudgmental seeing. It is an objective, noncritical witnessing of the nature of any particular circumstance or situation.

When we become aware of something, it is a call to action to change or fix what is discovered. Sometimes, awareness itself is enough to facilitate resolution without doing anything about what is seen. The problem fixes you rather than you fixing the problem.

Coaching yourself to look for pitfalls that stand in the way of where you want to be can help you become aware of and thus avoid unintended consequences.

Coaching others, such as business owners, requires the readiness and willingness of the person-to-be-coached to explore new perceptions. Check out this interview regarding how personal coaching could help to develop future leaders within family businesses.

Coaching Defined:

Professional coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance and enhance their quality of life.

In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are today and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be tomorrow.

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You get what you tolerate. So, what are you putting up with? What's the biggest challenge you have? What kind of support would be helpful to you?

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If you are really committed to what you want to do, let's schedule a conversation about getting there from here. Call 734.426.2000 (US Eastern Time Zone) or email him at: to arrange for a free consultation to discuss where you are heading.

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