My journey of finding a coach so far…

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Inspired by Bill Campbell’s influence and having seen firsthand how our founders and CEOs have grown as a result of having an executive coach, I recently put out a call on Twitter for recommendations for coaches.

I received a ton of recommendations (happy to share if you ping me) – thank you to everyone! I’m still trying to figure out who will be the best match for me, but I thought I’d share what I’ve learned in the process so far. Mind you, my sample size of coaches is less than ten, so consider this anecdotal, rather than based on statistically significant data!

There seems to be a full spectrum of coaching styles… from emotional (“be in tune with your feelings” and “visualize what your feelings look like”) to academic (“studies show that these inputs affect your output” and “x% of individuals who have a certain experience are y% likely to behave in a certain way”). On one side, the focus is more on acknowledging the underlying emotions, while the other side focuses more on the action or behavior and how to change it. Both approaches hopefully lead to greater self-awareness – it’s just a matter of which end you start at. 

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