How to Choose the Perfect Executive Coach

      The coaching relationship is a special relationship. It is a relationship that can only be successful if there is trust, openness and connection between the coach and the coachee.

      “I came to Janet at a crossroads in my career; I had a new role with some significant challenges that I hadn’t faced before. I was beginning to lose confidence in myself when I decided to give coaching a try.

      With Janet’s help I was able to isolate the areas in which I was blocked, change how I thought about the challenges, and come up with a framework that has allowed me to break through my own barriers, and make a difference in the business.” 

      This was shared by a client after their experience with Janet Williams Hepler, one of the coaches at Epiphany.

      This is the power of the coaching relationship and one example of what it can do to help people strengthen their business relationships and drive results for themselves and their organizations.

      There are many amazing coaches out there and yet they will not all be a fit for you!

      Any great coach will tell you the same thing.

      3 factors you may want to consider in choosing your coach

      You are the only person who can decide which coach is going to be the best fit for you.

      You might feel more comfortable with someone who is similar to you in background, culture, or gender.

      You might want someone who is very different from you, who will push you way outside your comfort zone and challenge you differently.

      Whatever you are looking for, here are a few things to consider...

      #1. Connection & Chemistry 

      Your connection, rapport and chemistry with the coach is imperative to having a successful coaching relationship. Your ‘trust’ in your coach enables you to show up honestly and be open to being challenged which is vital to your growth.

      • Does your coach make you feel both comfortable and stretched at the same time?

      • Do you feel safe and trusting enough to show up honestly and vulnerably?

      • Is this a person you are willing to commit to partnering with?

      When one of our client’s show up as raw and vulnerable as they can be, and have a breakthrough because of this, we feel humbled and honored to be able to create that space for them.

      This is where growth happens!

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      #2. Coaching Experience

      Depending on where you are in your journey, different coaches will offer you different things.

      Coaches just starting out in the ‘formal’ coaching space might have a great deal of industry and leadership experience, so just because someone is new doesn’t mean they are inexperienced.

      Someone who has been coaching for years may be more adept at diving into the coaching process quicker. They may be bolder and more courageous around challenging you thereby moving you along faster.

      • What is their coaching experience?
        • How many years have they been coaching, what kind of training do they have*, what kind of industries have they worked with and at what level in an organization have they coached are all great questions to ask.

      • What is their coaching process or methodology?
        • Some coaches follow a very structured process and others follow a methodology that is less structured. What is most important is that you feel the process or methodology is a good fit for you, so explore this.

      *Organizations like the International Coach Federation provide standardization with a code of ethics, professional designations, and best practices. Professional coach training programs, many of which are accredited by the ICF, provide rigorous training that supports consistent quality of service.

      #3. Business Industry Experience

      This one is an interesting one because there are pros and cons of only seeking out coaches who have worked in your industry.

      In general coaches that have strong business experience do add value to the process for executives.

      • Pros of choosing a coach with similar industry experience:
        • They may add value due to familiarity with language & jargon, common leadership scenarios & dilemmas, mindsets, sticking points, and blind spots of senior leaders in your industry.

        • This additional insight may allow your coach to “speak your language”, ask more provocative questions, go deeper.

      • Pros of choosing a coach outside your industry: 
        • A coach with similar experience to you needs to be cautious not to default to advice-giving as part of the coaching process. It is easy to fall into this trap.

        • Choosing a coach that has vastly different industry experience from you can lead to incredibly rich learning and growth.

        • When you step outside your industry you get to look at things through a different lens which can hasten your growth and development in different ways.

      • Think about what kind of business results you are seeking and then ask questions from that perspective:
        • Has the coach worked with others who have created a startup and grown it, perhaps to IPO?

        • Does the coach have experience accelerating career growth, working with boards of directors, improving team performance, growing future leaders, working with not for profits, etc.

      At the end of the day, what is most important is that you believe they are the right fit for you!

      Coaching Standard of Excellence is important

      At Epiphany Coaches we are dedicated to a consistently high standard of coaching excellence as a coaching team.

      Here's a little bit about us:

      • All of our coaches hold professional coaching designations

      • Many of our coaches hold multiple coach training designations and certifications such as Team or Systems Coaching, Somatic Coaching, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Health Coaching

      • Many of our coaches hold a postsecondary degree, including several MA’s, MBA’s, and Ph. D’s. For example, several of our coaches are university professors.

      • Our coaches typically have 10-25 years of corporate experience.

      •  Many of our coaches have held senior sales/marketing, and C-Level positions.

      • All of our coaches have 5-25 years of deep executive coaching experience.

      • Collectively, our coaches speak 10+ languages, and cover every time zone so we can effectively provide top quality coaching around the globe.

      Here’s what a few clients have had to say after they found their perfect coach from our expansive roster of seasoned professionals....

      “I had the opportunity to have Gavin as a coach to support my transition to a new leadership role for Microsoft. He is very approachable, empathic and a very good active listener.

      His skills and experience helps in taking pause to reflect on learnings and challenges on the role, what and how we can do to continue to improve.

      His encouragement to continue to embrace the discomfort and the ambiguity as a learning experience helps keeping the efforts even if it may feel frustrating at some time.

      All in all, Gavin is a great coach for leaders who are willing to change mindset.”

      ~ Gavin Shaskolsky


      “It would not be an exaggeration to say that working with Simon changed my perspective on life and led to me discovering what was really driving me both in my career and as an individual.

      He has exceptional listening skills and an uncanny ability to allow the coaching journey to take a flexible course yet always end up with a practical and clear outcome.

      He challenged me on many fronts and was not afraid to give or take direct feedback.

      When I looked back at the objectives I had set at the beginning of the process I found that each one had been dealt with and in fact a numb of new focus areas had emerged.”

      ~ Simon Bold


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