How was your experience and where did you find those coaches? Do you see a noticeable difference in your team and did the team like it too?
I used a guy out of the UK who has been very helpful. He has a very specific special in helping small companies "scale up". It really helps align everyone in the organization so everyone likes it. Happy to forward if you would like.
@Abhishek - I'm an Executive Coach who works with solo founder, co-founder teams and leadership teams. They hire me to help them grow their business. This happens through developing themselves personally while creating more effective, trusting relationships. Yes, it's effective!
Look for a coach who "gets" what you're doing and building. The coach should be willing to spend time to get to know you and the business. Trust and chemistry is key. The coach should be listening more than speaking. I'm at email@example.com if you want to learn more.
We do this for clients, so I am biased. I think the key is that they provide things you don;t have/know. If you know it all, you don't need the help. If you don't it benefits you to get the help you need. But how do you tell if this is the help you need? There lies the rub. We write free articles and provide free videos to help you address many of these needs, so you might start there - see if they bring value, than see if we can bring you more value. http://a2e.co/ - and do the same for others you are considering.
Consider setting up an advisory panel/council of 2-3 experienced outsiders to work with your team for 12- 18 months (4-7 hours/month max). If you select the panel/council members wisely you will have powerful allies who can help guide your team with lens on markets/customers/future. Trust is built over time so you will find which of the 2 or 3 you and your C team can go to for insight and may even convert one to a board member in the future. All the best! S
Hi, organisations I have worked for did that, when I was a member of the respective team(s). The difference in the team and the individuals therein is not always obvious. First of all it depends on the kind of coaching you are talking about. Let's say that team events with coaching elements can work well but it all has to do with the level of trust and understanding you have before you start a change. There will obviously always be people who put the heels in the sand regardless of what you do. In general I think team coaching events can be worthwhile as long as you also render something they can have a personal connection to. Coaching management teams on strategy and tactics is different, coaching a person is again something else. I do see the value so that is why I started coaching not so long ago, a logical consequence of growing toward it. I feel that people and processes can really have more support, specifically with the relentless tech focus our world has. So, first question: describe exactly what you expect to see with the coaching, who is coached, why are they coached what will they experience, what is the desired outcome? Then you can start looking for a coach who can detail the plan with you.