September 17, 2021

When is the Best Time to Hire an Executive Coach?

Hiring an executive will bring insight to your business that you may not know you need. My goal as a coach is to provide feedback, guidance, and tools to ensure you and your company are set up for success now and into the future. One of the most common questions I receive around executive coaching is, “How do I know when is a good time to hire a coach?” I would argue the best time is now.  If you are thinking about it, that is a good indicator you are ready and open to learning and accepting help from a professional. In this article, we will discuss when to hire an executive coach and how to prepare by making sure you are coachable.

How Do I Know When is a Good Time to Hire a Coach?

Hiring an executive coach is deeply personal to each business depending on where they stand at the time financially and in terms of how coachable they are. Like I mentioned above, if you are thinking about doing it, then you are probably ready to take the chance and dive in. This can be a daunting task, but the relief you feel once it is done will make up for the doubts in the beginning. If you aren’t entirely sure you are ready, don’t put too much thought into it. Most people don’t even recognize that they need a coach, so the fact that you have thought of it and are debating on trying it speaks volumes. 

How Do I Choose the Right Coach for My Business?

Finding the right coach for you and your business is a task requiring a good amount of research and thought. Take into account the values, goals, and accomplishments of the coaches you are looking into. Do they match your goals and values? Do you trust their opinion? Look at their past client reviews, this is a great way to get honest feedback from individuals who have worked with that specific coach. I always say that hiring a coach is an involved task but a necessary one. Don’t settle for someone mediocre just to avoid the search any longer. Take your time, do your research, and hire someone who is qualified, professional, and matches your company’s personality.

Am I Coachable?

Once you have decided to hire an executive coach and began the search to find the right one for you and your business, it is time to ask yourself how coachable you are. Do you find yourself open to new ideas or new ways of looking at things? Are you open to constructive criticism and feedback on a business that you have built yourself? Do you become defensive or standoffish when someone outside your circle makes commentary on your company? Don’t worry, many business owners answer yes to those questions, myself included, but the point is that you are willing to try. There is no harm in taking a chance if the end could result in a more profitable business for you. If you simply do not like your experience or aren’t clicking with the coach you hired, you can step away and be done or you can always find someone else who better fits you. There is no right or wrong way to go about trying to better yourself and your business. Also, no need to fret if you don’t believe you are able to be coached, this is another pillar of executive coaching that we can work on too!

Executive Coach Summary

This is only scratching the surface on deciding when the best time to hire an executive coach is and how to know if you are coachable or not. Don’t put too much thought into these two questions, the simple fact that you are thinking about them is proof enough that you are ready to take the next step in growing your business. If you are ready to take a leap of faith and begin your executive coaching journey, I would love to assist you and help you build a company that you are proud of.