Eight Tips to Choose a Workplace Coach:
To stay competitive, relevant and innovative, workplaces must do more with less talent. Providing a leadership and career coach is one way to keep your employees “emotionally engaged” to contribute their personal best.
“There’s no question that future leaders will need constant coaching,” notes Ram Charan, Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty (McGraw-Hill, 2008). “As the business environment becomes more complex, they will increasingly turn to coaches for help in understanding how to act.”
Willingness to be coached and a good fit are two of the key ingredients for a successful coaching relationship. This was reinforced in a January 2009 Harvard Business Review survey, in which researchers queried 140 top coaches about what companies should look for when hiring a coach.
According to the HBR article, there are two basic hiring rules:
- Ensure leaders or teams are ready and willing to be coached
- Allow them to choose the coach