with the author’s system. As the client, you need a coach who will helpyou diagnose your challenges and develop a coaching program thatwill help you make the progress you are seeking. If you coach seeseverything according to a single perspective, what do you think youwill get?4.
Full Time Coach vs. Part Time Coach
: This one is more complexthat it might seem. The very best coaches engage with companies inother ways. My own pattern of engagements presently includes serviceon two boards of directors, chairing two advisory boards and workingas a senior advisor to a senior management team. Some of myassociates are similarly engaged. We are all committed to full-timeengagement. It is important that you always look for a coach that isprofessionally engaged on a full-time basis. Avoid the ones who areamateurs and working part-time - when they can get the workRegrettably, many individuals today are attempting to marketthemselves as coaches when actually they are really only trainers,speakers, and business consultants, or only do coaching part-timewhile really doing something else for a living. This type of coach can domore harm than good for you.5.
: In order for a coaching engagement to beproductive, you need to trust, get along, and communicate with yourpotential coach. It is important that you have a good relationship witheach other. I do offer a free initial consultation. Most professionalcoaches do - or one at a very low rate. Before committing to a coach,schedule an initial consultation with them first to make sure that youare good fit for each other.6.
: Unfortunately, Executive Coaches do not come cheap. Icertainly do not. Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for. The demand for executive coaching is always greater than the actualsupply of good coaches. Fees for executive coaching vary throughoutthe country as well as the world. However, keep in mind that if youhave a potential coach whose fees are much higher than most othercoaches, chances are that that coach will be paying very closeattention to you to make sure you succeed! Always go for relevantexperience and a history of success - avoid book learning as asubstitute.7.
: Any good coach will have a set of references that youcan call. Beware of coaches who try to avoid providing you withreferences. Remember to interview at least two or three references percoach. Talk to them either on the phone or in person. Do not try tocheck references via e-mail. Through this diligence, you are seeking a