You’ve been thinking about it for a while. You’ve heard others mention “their” coach. They say “they’ve grown from the experience”, “found clearer pathway”, “new answers” for all kinds of perplexing things. Sounds good, right?
Having a coach is more than a new kind of personal status symbol and the right coach might be someone to help you with the career dilemmas and choices you have in front of you…but how do you find the right one?
Selecting a coach is harder than looking online and finding the nearest address or 1-800 number. Anyone can call themselves a ‘coach’ and there are all kinds of coaches… weight loss coaches, happiness coaches, life coaches, wardrobe coaches, executive coaches, transition coaches, and generic career coaches. But how do you choose one?
There are several things to consider when selecting a coach:
As an Executive Coach and a career expert, with a large coaching practice and coaches who work for me and with me around the globe, I’m often asked by others “how do I pick a Coach, Karyl?”
For Women in the world of work here’s my check list:
✓ Successful personally
✓ Successful track record as a coach
✓ Referral and reference base
✓ Clearly identifies what they specialize in and is a known expert in that space
✓ Coach and client compatibility
✓ Experienced in the business world
✓ A personal and positive understanding of corporate culture and mores
✓ A describable methodology beyond just holding meetings
✓ Personal experience in an environment and level similar to yours
✓ Recommended by a business associate or trusted advisor.
Selecting the right career coach can be the difference between reaching the executive suite and never shattering that glass ceiling. Prime Women belong at the top of corporations. Give yourself the edge you may need with a qualified career coach.
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