Isn't Executive Coaching just some “new age fad”?
Coaching is becoming mainstream and is now included in MBA programmes for high flyers. The Sunday Times 30 April 2006. No surprise when research has found that coaching had resulted in a nearly sixfold return on investment. The Manchester Review, 2001, volume 6, number 1
Isn't the true test of executives to let them sink or swim?
If they sink it is a very costly exercise resulting in demoralised staff, loss of productivity, decreasing competitiveness and falling share price. In addition there are the costs of outplacement and search.
Surely the need for coaching is a sign of weak leaders who can’t do it on their own?
In the sporting arena champions engage coaches to assist them go the
extra mile. Why should the corporate arena be any different? A person
of confidence has the courage to be open. True leaders demonstrate
strength by engaging a coach who is unconstrained by office politics
and able to give them honest, constructive feedback and challenge.
Doesn’t coaching set up a dependency; the executive won’t be able to make a decision for him/herself?
When you were learning to ride you probably had trainer wheels or a helping hand to steady your bike. You no longer need that steadying hand or trainer wheels. A talented coach empowers you so that you discover the answers.
Can't I just read a book or attend a training course?
Absolutely. There are many great trainers and writers. However, if you value accelerated learning and are not prepared to sit through courses that are geared to the lowest common denominator you’ll require a programme that is tailor made to your specific needs and pace of learning.