I have spent a great deal of time over the last few months with some of the top executive coaches in the world… Coaches who have the top certifications, coaches whose clients have found tremendous success, coaches who have been the key differentiator to the great success seen by many of their clients. It has been my honor to learn from their experiences and gain from their insights.
Interestingly, each had a different definition of an executive coach. For some, this person is their accountability guide, like a scorekeeper in sports, to whom we report progress, then get additional instructions towards our goals. For others, an executive coach is more like a referee, keeping score, calling us on our mistakes and pushing us towards the score.
Some of the experts I interviewed believe the best coaches teach from their own experiences and success in their realm of expertise while others felt that certification was essential to qualify as a coach. Much debate came from the difference between a coach and consultant. Fundamentally, getting a consistent definition of the term is an impossible quest.
If we can’t even define a “coach” how do we go about acquiring one that actually helps us to achieve results?
Common across the experts was the ability to bring us from vision to execution. There are as many styles of coaching as there are little league sports teams. Critical for each “coachee” is that results are occurring in a way that is exciting, invigorating and productive. Forbes reported this month a surge in demand of the $2 billion coaching industry with 77% of corporate organizations planning on increasing their use of this valuable tool. With an average ROI of 344% for individuals and 5,000% ROI for organizations, the value is pretty tough to argue over.
After getting it straight from the top coaches in the world, the best advice I can offer is to find someone with similar values, the experience to guide you in the skills you need to acquire or fine tune, and most importantly, the coach who will inspire and accelerate your personal and professional growth.
Knowledge is power. By identifying and capitalizing on the powers of top leaders, the Xanadu Code, the path to peaceful innovation and progress, becomes clear.
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