In episode 43 of “The JoyPowered™ Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss the executive coaching process. Topics include coaching credentials, how executive coaching works, and trends in coaching. In best practice sharing, they discuss listeners’ best wellness benefits.
Traditionally, executive coaching has been used only for people in the c-suite or high potential employees. However, it can be helpful for anybody at any time of their career! It’s ideal for someone who’s doing well in all aspects of their job, except maybe one or two that could be improved if someone came in and really helped them focus on it.
Coaching certification can give you a good, solid process and more experience. There are lots of accreditation options, but one well-respected program is the International Coach Federation. They also have a list of certified coaches, which is a great place to look if you need a coach.
Susan shares her executive coaching process. She starts with the manager or direct leader of the coachee to find out why they think there’s an issue and what strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities they see for that individual. Next, talk to the individual to make sure they see it as a real issue, they accept responsibility for it, and they’re motivated to fix it. Develop an action plan with 3 or fewer parts of the issue that you want to attack, what you’re going to do, and what resources will be helpful. The amount of time this process takes can vary based on the company, the individual, and the sense of urgency, but on average, if you’re working until the person feels really comfortable with whatever they were struggling with, it takes about 3-6 months. Finally, follow up with the coachee in 6-9 months to find out how things are going.
Susan and JoDee discuss some executive coaching trends that are expected to happen in the next decade, including automated coaching, increased regulation, positive psychology, and specialization. In the best practice sharing segment, the hosts discuss the wellness benefits that have given listeners their best return on investment. During “In the News”, they discuss a Robert Half study on counteroffers.