EVERYBODY NEEDS A COACH; Including the Boss!

Power Idea from Jerry Houston, President and CEO of HPISolutions

There are many misguided thoughts about the value or need for a coach, especially for executives.  Some actually think that getting a coach is a sign of weakness when the opposite is true.

I have had many coaches during my career, both in private industry as well as being CEO and founder of a company.  What did I gain from these relationships, especially as a leader?

  • Objective feedback on issues for which I was stuck.
  • A pair of eyes that can look at a situation differently than I may be observing.
  • Someone who will tell me the unvarnished truth.
  • Provide insights into techniques I can use to utilize in my business.
  • Someone that holds me accountable for the results I have agreed to reach.
  • A confidant that I can share confidential ideas and concepts with, that is outside of the organization and has no agenda but to help me succeed.
  • Helping me to personally grow in my efforts as a leader for the people that work for me.

There are many more factors, but I think you get the idea.

Leaders have a difficult challenge.  They are at the top of the organization and are supposed to “have all the answers,” which of course is never true.

Leaders are expected to set the tone, drive toward the purpose of the organization, elicit the support of all of the team, inspire excellence, and be a mentor to those who report to him or her.

Further, Leaders are expected to set the tone for how the people in the organization are treated and encouraged.

Leaders set the pace, create the right perception to be sure innovation is high, and manage effectively to create the proper level of profit. And, this must all be done without any consideration to their own development and needs.  Doesn’t make any sense to me, and I imagine it doesn’t make any sense to you either.

Explore what coaching truly is and how you can benefit from a relationship with someone who can listen to you and help you work through the demands of your role and how to best approach the situations that fall to you as a result of your position in the organization.  It is because of your clear priorities of purpose, people, pace, perception and profit, that seeking professional assistance from a qualified professional coach is so critical to your success.  Call us for a free, one-hour consultation on the benefits of professional coaching.

You can reach us at info@hpisolutions.com or call 623-866-8200. You can also click on “Contact” at the top of the page and fill out a quick contact form.

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