Like most new things, getting started can be awkward and clunky. When I get calls from leaders who need help, they are often unsure of where to start or what information to ask for. On this post, I offer you four questions you should ask when interviewing a Leadership/Team Coach, and things to listen for in their reply.
Question 1: Who do you serve?
- While coaches can work across industries, most specialize to some degree.
- If you aren’t in their specialty area, proceed with caution. Coaches work most effectively in and amongst businesses that they know the best.
Question 2: How are you different than all the other coaches out there?
- If a coach is legit, they should be able to answer this question with clarity.
- Look for answers that meet your needs and align with your goals
Question 3: What does your process look like? And how do we know when we’re done?
- Coaches with a process are just glorified cheerleaders. Processes are necessary to maximize value.
- Look for a coach who has a standardized onboarding system that helps to quickly identify your opportunities and challenges.
- Look for a coach that can customize the process to meet your unique needs.
- Look for a coach who can name the end point of your engagement.
Question 4: Does your program have a specific time or financial commitment?
- Obviously, your tolerance for cost will drive the choose of whom you choose.
- Look for a coach that allows you to exit at any point and doesn’t tie you into a long-term engagement.