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Selecting The Right Coach

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How to Select the Right Coach for you, first published by the Association for Coaching in 2005.

How to Select the Right Coach for you, first published by the Association for Coaching in 2005.

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  • 1. Top 10 tips for selecting the right coach Coaching continues to grow as a proven method for improving the performance of individuals and groups in organizations. It is particularly suited to managers and leaders who have often already attended the traditional management and leadership courses and are looking for something tailored specifically to their needs. But, as the coaching market grows and the choice of coaches increases, it is getting more challenging to pick the coach that is going to deliver results for you. Here is a checklist to use that should help you to pick out the ethical, experienced coach from the cowboy. 1. Are they a member of a professional body, do they have ongoing supervision? The coach should be a member of a professional coaching body that ensures they operate ethically and ideally they should have a coach or coaching process, which provides a quality check for their own performance. 2. What is their coaching experience/qualification? Coaches come from a number of backgrounds (HR, management, psychology etc) so the coach needs to be able to give you relevant examples to demonstrate that they have experience of dealing with the issues they are likely to face. 3. Has the coach got a track record of success? The coach should be able to provide you with a list of ‘reference clients’ to talk to or at the very least show you a list of testimonials from satisfied clients. Getting a coach recommended from a colleague or associate will also increase the chances of success. 4. Do they have relevant business experience? It is often helpful if the coach has worked in your field so they can empathize with you. If the coach has not worked in your business area they should be able to satisfy you that they have a good understanding of the nature of your business and the challenges facing staff. 5. Does the coach have a clear coaching process? Good coaches will take the time to explain what coaching is, how it works and what you will be buying. They will have a clear coaching and contracting process that you can understand. 6. Do they use proven coaching models and approaches? They should be able to demonstrate the coaching approach they use and where this approach has been proven to yield results. There are different approaches in the market place (e.g. behaviourist, NLP, Cognitive Behavioral Coaching) and the approach you choose very much depends on what you want / expect from the coaching process. Author: Helen Chapman for the Association for Coaching
  • 2. 7. Does the coach ask you to clarify what you want / expect from the coaching? A good coach should seek to understand your objectives for your coaching process. They should ask you how you would like to receive the coaching (face to face or telephone), how often etc. and explain how they usually operate. 8. What is their ethos on quality? The coach should be able to tell you how progress (and ultimately, success) will be monitored during their coaching process. They should have an established feedback mechanism/form that they can show you. 9. What are their rapport skills like? You should feel a strong sense of rapport with the coach, they should give you the confidence that they have well attuned listening skills and should convince you of their ability to assert themselves. 10. Does the coach ‘fit’? You need to feel that the coach will be a good role model for individuals in your organization and that their style fits the organization. Page 2 of 2