Personal Executive Coaching

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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You'd be surprised just how many people can take advantage of personal executive coaching. Everyone from CEOs on down to junior executives can hire coaches to help with everything from time-management skills to motivational techniques. Sometimes a company's top brass will hire a coach to come in and teach an entire staff or crew of workers. In other instances, budding entrepreneurs will hire executive coaches for one-on-one guidance in getting their businesses up and running.

It's important to remember what executive coaches will and will not do. One of their biggest assets is their ability to approach old problems in new and creative ways, which gets you thinking about innovative solutions. Once you start brainstorming, your ideas may take you anywhere, and a good personal coach knows this. On the other hand, your coach is not necessarily an expert in your industry. If you're looking for specific advice on a highly specialized segment of your field, chances are you won't find it in a executive coach.

The Benefits of Personal Executive Coaching

Personal executive coaches approach their clients with the same strategy they use to help non-business clients. Assessing goals, defining plans, charting resources, and planning for obstacles are all a part of any successful venture, be it business-related or personal. Along the way, a coach can also help you develop new skills and integrate them into the existing strategy. Then, if need be, you can redesign your plan, or just tweak it a little.

You'll also need to get organized, which is something a quality coach knows a lot about. If there's anything that unites all of a coach's clients, it's the need for order when carrying out a plan of attack. If your office is a shambles or the inside of your daily planner looks like a design blueprint for a nuclear submarine, your coach will likely start by getting you organized. After all, you can't use your resources effectively if you don't even know what you've got to begin with. In the big picture, the skills you can learn from a personal executive coach can make all the difference in reaching your goals and being a successful manager.

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