How to Choose a Coach
Now more than ever, savvy business owners, managers, and senior executives are discovering the benefits of working with a coach. Whether top performers looking to accelerate their progress, entrepreneurs navigating the rugged terrain of self-employment, or new managers learning the interpersonal complexities of their work, smart business people are reaching the same conclusion. Mentoring fuels success.

Call it coaching or call it mentoring.

Either way, it’s a process that helps you better know yourself, deal more effectively with others, and become your own best advocate. Here are a few of the outcomes you can expect:

  • Improved workplace communication skills.

  • Better, more effective strategies for working with customers, clients, peers, supervisors, and direct reports.

  • A view of yourself as others see you – so that you can build upon your strengths and minimize areas of weakness.

  • Greater satisfaction from work.

  • Improved balance between work and home life.

  • Discovery of untapped skills and talents – so you can make full use of them.

  • Better business and career path decisions.

  • Accelerated leadership skills development.
No two mentors are alike. Choose wisely.

It’s a wise move to invest in a coach or mentor. Finding a coach is easy; finding one with the skills, background, and personality that’s right for you is another matter. At a minimum, expect the following qualifications:

  • Able to quickly establish rapport and develop a trusting, positive relationship.

  • An effective communicator.

  • Unafraid to confront you with constructive feedback.

  • Both approachable and available.

  • Has a sophisticated understanding of people and relationships.

  • Respects the sensitive and confidential nature of the coaching relationship.
It's a fact. With the right feedback and guidance, there's no limit to the level of success you can achieve.