For many involved in Executive Coaching, every new engagement presents different challenges and personalities. However the proper preparation in advance of starting will always provide the fundamental foundation for success.
Here are a few tips to consider ensuring this happens.
- Start with the end in mind. In other words get absolute clarity from the executive in terms of what success would look like for them. Write it down and reference it often throughout the process.
- Speak with his / her boss. Typically the boss has either suggested or acknowledged the need to hire a coach in the first place; understanding their role in the process (i.e supportive) and their perspective of what success looks like to them, is very important for you as the coach to know.
- If there is an HR person involved in the process, get their perspective as well. They very often have knowledge that may not be all that forthcoming from the client or their boss.
- Even though you maybe planning some assessments ask for any that they may have done recently. This may well be their current frame of reference and therefore would be important for you to get on this same page.
- Finally, remember that both the individual and the organization are your clients and be sure to have clearly defined what is confidential and what can be shared.