In our experience there are three commonly used tools for improving people performance - Coaching, Consulting and Training - and there are important differences between them. Just as it is important to know when to hire a consultant (a subject expert who knows what should be done based on a series of assessments), a trainer (someone who focuses on skill and knowledge transfer - the how), it is equally important to know the when and why for using a coach.

Ideally, to improve people performance within a business there needs to be a combination of all three, used appropriately, as every situation may require a different combination of approaches. In this blog I will focus on the headline benefits for hiring an Executive Coach.

To improve the existing culture of the organisation:

Sometimes when you are too close to a situation, you need a fresh set of eyes to look at and do an analysis of what the culture is really like. It never hurts to have an outsider assess and provide some tactical solutions to how you can improve culture. Changing culture is a challenge, but it starts by identifying the common behaviours, traits or policies that may be enabling a culture you do not want within your business.

To increase the leader’s ability to leverage his or her time and resources:

Talking through what you do with a coach would likely help you understand how you are using your time, and the coach could make some suggestions on what to focus on and how to best utilise your time.

To improve the interpersonal skills of the leader:

Again, a coach can give an honest of assessment of your skills and where you can improve as a leader.

Read our blog on 10 Leadership Thoughts here.

To foster discussion of new ideas:

Sometimes it is just best to talk through ideas with someone detached from your business, they can provide fresh insights and a unique perspective on your ideas . Outsiders often have a lot to contribute. By finding an executive coach who can really listen to you and your needs, you can reassess positions, policies and gain new insights to challenges in your business.

To clarify, expand, and articulate the leader’s vision:

Ever had a problem when you got a great idea, but are having trouble articulating the thought? It happens all the time. An executive coach, who excels at reflective listening, can rehash your ideas and help you formulate your opinions.

To provide a safe and secure outlet for the leader to vent:

Everyone gets frustrated at times in the office, but you need to be extremely careful where and when you choose to vent. By having a safe channel to vent to, you won’t jeopardise your current position, lose organisational support, and develop an unfavourable image at the office.

To point out what the leader cannot, will not, or does not see:

As previously mentioned, an outsider can contribute new ideas, fresh thoughts and new ways to look at scenarios. This is one of the greatest benefits to executive coaching, the ability to spur new ideas and listen to an employee to really identify challenges.

To find a better way to reduce stress, increase effectiveness, and still have a great life:

Executive coaches have likely worked with dozens of other professionals, maybe some doing very similar work as their current client. Coaches can use previous experiences to make targeted recommendations, and provide suggestions on how to best improve a suitable work-life balance for their clients.

To help leaders see, feel, sense, measure, and process more data without taxing themselves:

Leaders take on a lot of different stresses. By having someone to help process information they can have more clarity of thought and make informed decisions . By doing so, they can work to help drive success and meet all the goals.

Executive coaching is a great option for many organisations. To find out more about how we can help you with your coaching needs please call 020 7374 6600.