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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Executive Coaching: What Makes Us Want to be Coached?

What would make Executives want to coach or be coached? The simple answer to this question is if their compensation is tied to their coaching performance. However, our fear we express is that this would mandate the coaching opportunities and not guarantee quality coaching interactions between executives and others. We believe coaching is easier and more worth while for executives when they are provided with one-on-one help in how to coach. We are suggesting a coaching-the coach relationship similar to the one-on-one help executives receive in public speaking, press relations, financial matters, or other skills that are not automatic. A coaching-the-coach approach can help executives in fulfilling the coaching role, instead of just adding a new item to their job descriptions.

The coach can be someone from HR, as long as he or she doesnÂ’t take on the actual coaching responsibility. It can also be a peer or an external person. Although not exclusive, here are types of help a coach can provide the executive:

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