One of the first things I did after completing my Certificate in Executive Coaching (CEC) from Royal Roads University was hire one of the best coaches that I could find. In my case, this wasn’t a particularly difficult task as I had been exposed to so many amazing coaches.
I realize that I was very lucky, finding a great coach can be difficult for those people that do not have the same level of exposure to the coaching world that I had. I did a quick Google search to see what information would be available to people interested in hiring a coach – there is an incredibly overwhelming amount of information out there! No wonder people are intimidated by the prospect of searching for a coach.
In my search I ran across an article by Maria Marsala that touched on one point that I’d like to shine some light on…she said she ‘would absolutely, positively, not hire a coach who doesn’t have a full time coach themselves’. I completely agree, in fact, I would take it a step further and put a warning out to people – BEWARE OF THE COACH WHO HAS NO COACH!
I read this in a colleague’s bio and it struck me as an incredibly accurate statement, something that all potential coaching clients should be aware of. Make sure your coach is ‘walking the talk’ and is committed to continuous self-renewal, self-development and personal excellence. Put another way, for those Stephen Covey fans out there, check to see that your coach is practicing the Seventh Habit – “Sharpening the Saw”.
Now that you know a few important things to look for make sure YOU are practicing Covey’s first habit – “Being Proactive” – and start your search for a great coach. I guarantee you won’t regret it!