No more are days of colleges and schools pumping out individuals who have qualifications in business, senior management, accounting, and other fields.
The best c-suite executive coach is here. And they didn’t learn their stuff at Uni.
At last there’s a new skills boss in town. What? By working with executive coaches who use professional tools and support.
Check out your coach: Ask good questions. C-Suites need great coaches.
1. Recognised? Good feedback from others. speak to them – you have to have good rapport with them – they’ll be your confidant for a while. You get a feel for what’s good- who you like – what works. Suck it and see.
Do they write? Have they contributed to the field they work in?
If so look at their research. Normally a 20 minute conversation gets you there. C0suite leaders know what they’re looking for. But here’s a list anyway.
- What’s their priorities?
- How do they like to work?
- Can they provide references?
- What test – psychometrics do they use?
- What doesn’t work for them?
- What does good look like?
- Will you support my goals and how?
- Tell them some key areas / issues you have and ask them that they propose?
- Ask them about advice and taking responsibility. That’s get you started.
Does your executive coach need to be a specialist in any area? Really do they? C-Suites need to try them. These are best learnt skills. One session at a time. Rare that they are in an operation way. As this is usually secondary – unless its a business coach you want – for advice – and the I’ve been there , done it type of support.
But that’s not executive coaching in the norm. Senior Execs – leaders do this more. It’s vital for them.
Leadership Skills you might want to look for as c-suites managers- ceo’s CIO’s, CFO’s :
These skills make a difference.
Be that great listener. That means patience, enough to pay attention to you. They should try and be optimistic and be postiive in the words of George Michael -try to ‘listen without prejudice’.
Do they bring out rather than give options? Letting you come to it can take longer but often means it’ll stick more.
Collaboration is key here. Trust and knowing limits and how things can work best. Explore and trial things. And let’s remember senior leaders are generally pretty savvy. They are quick and can take their mark fast. Just be careful they don’t judge too quickly.
Perhaps take a training programme in somethign like coaching. Goal setting skills – motivational skills. Resilience skills are also key. Or coaching nlp skills learnt can help manage people.