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Starting or even growing your existing business can be full of obstacles. You could also be feeling stuck in your current job role, and are unsure how to move forward. A business or career coach will work with you to break down any barriers you may be facing. They will share their industry insights to help you reach your potential. The goal is for you to gain new perspectives and take actionable steps based on what they suggest.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or need help on developing a new direction for your business, we’ll connect you with the best coaches to help you do just that.

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What to expect from an Executive Coach

Like with any form of coaching, an executive coach is there to act as a mentor to help you achieve your goals. More specifically, the goals relating to your business or career. The first step is to identify your aims and any stumbling blocks that you are currently experiencing. During the process, your executive coach will draw on their corporate experience to help you move forward.

Every executive coach will have a different approach to their work. However, the overall aim is to motivate and encourage your journey so that you can succeed professionally. Often, you’ll attend several sessions either in person or virtually to discuss your progress. Some require just a handful of sessions. However, some people prefer creating and maintaining a long-term relationship with their executive coach as they progress with their career.

What to look for in a Business or Career Coach

Your business isn’t just your livelihood, it’s the combination of your passion and ambition too. So when it comes to hiring a business or career coach, you want someone who shares the same determination for it to succeed.

Business coaches, often referred to as executive coaches, usually have a corporate background. Preferably, they will have real life experience in managing their own business too. This includes successfully overcoming challenges so that they can best help you overcome yours too.

Every business is different. However, the qualities to look out for aside from experience is someone motivated, knowledgeable, and firm when needed. You should leave each session feeling empowered, ready to make the necessary improvements.

Different types of Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is a broad definition that may cover several different approaches, depending on whether it’s for yourself or the wider business. You may be an employee looking to reach your potential within your job, or looking to go it alone with a new business venture. So it’s vital to select the right type of executive coaching for your needs.

  • Business Coaching - A business coach will help train and mentor you to become more successful. It is different from business consultancy where external teams will come in and make changes. Instead, business coaching is about giving you the tools to adapt your business model or strategy yourself, so that you fully understand what needs to happen. The aim is to create a long-lasting change in the business through the knowledge gained and the strategies you have developed with your coach.

  • Career Coaching - Feeling uninspired in your current job role? Want to go for that promotion, but don’t know how? Career coaching takes an individual look at where you are now and compares it with where you want to be. It will take into account things such as your personality, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. By identifying what is currently holding you back, your career coach will help you reach your potential in the workplace.

  • Personal Development - Personal development is a huge part of executive coaching. Whether you are an employee, are self-employed, or are the CEO of a large company - everyone can benefit from personal development. It can include everything from boosting your confidence to handling stress better. Or, areas such as public speaking and even improving your time management. If there are aspects that are holding you back in your business or job, then personal development will tackle these head-on.

  • Leadership Skills - Not everyone is a born leader. It could be you have been promoted to a managerial position or are aiming to be, but lack the skills or personal attributes to get there. Leadership skills will take a closer look at what is needed to manage a team. A great manager should possess confidence in their ability, but equally, not micromanage. They also need to be great coaches in themselves, which is why executive coaching that focuses on leadership skills can give you the tools you need to do just that. It may also highlight any areas of weakness so you can become the best version of yourself when it comes to your management style.

How to check an Executive Coach’s credentials

Various executive coaching programs exist, such as AoEC and INSEAD. However, what’s most important is that your coach has the real life experience of running a business. They must understand workplace procedure as well as the ins and outs of business so that they are best placed to coach you. While some executive coaches also work as therapists, the two are separate entities. Though, if you are also looking to work on your personal development, a coach who works across both areas may be of benefit.

Can I access Business & Career Coaching online?

Yes! This service is known as virtual executive coaching. What’s great about virtual coaching is that it’s more convenient versus travelling to a session after work. You can even get business or career coaching during your lunch break when accessed online. As business coaches are located around the world, virtual sessions may also mean you can access the very best professionals who otherwise would be out of reach.

Why is Business Coaching important?

Running a business can be very challenging. There are so many factors that could inhibit the success of a business, regardless of whether your company is a startup or is long-established. Business coaching invites an experienced but, crucially, a neutral individual to give you a fresh perspective on where your business is heading. It can act as much-needed support for any current issues you are experiencing.

Business coaching is also very useful for anyone considering starting a company too. Your coach will help you draw on your current personal strengths, as well as working on any weaker points to ensure you get off to a successful start. They will help you stay motivated so that your business becomes a reality, instead of remaining a pipedream.

How much do Business Coaches charge?

Pricing for business coaching will vary depending on if you require individual coaching, or whether you are looking for wider consultancy across the whole business. Some executive coaches may also charge more for individual sessions versus block sessions.

Should I get a Career Coach?

Career coaching is geared towards those who are ready to make actionable changes in their professional life. So, if you are ready to take your career to the next level, and are willing to listen and put the work in to get there, then yes.
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I coach executives and entrepreneurs unhappy in their work to find out why and do something about it. career direction | motivation | focus | performance | entrepreneurial mindset | leadership When we're truly happy in our work everything else in life just falls into place. There's more of us to go round; resilience and presence, creativity and flexibility. We are more confident and effective leaders of ourselves and others. Unfortunately, a lot of us are unhappy. We're just ploughing on; over thinking, overwhelming, over-reacting and overworking ourselves. Our best self is buried under exhaustion and doubt. It's time for you to do things differently. To make the change. Book a free chemistry call so you can find out how we can work together. Just follow the link to book your call: https://calendly.com/shirley-change-agent/30min Unless you are in the Bournemouth area, where I am happy to meet for coffee or do a walk and talk, I coach via Zoom, Facetime or phone. I hope to meet you soon.

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What do you love most about your job?

I love seeing people progress and develop when they take responsibility for their own careers. I take great joy in seeing clients grow in confidence and self belief. I am always developing and learning and feel that it is important to encourage others to understand more about their motivations and how they interact with others. This way they can get most out of their working life and earn their money doing something which most fulfils them and fits with their values and lifestyle. I believe in finding your best self so you can do your best work.

What inspired you to start your own business?

At key moments in my career, professional coaching helped me progress by building my confidence and trust in my own capabilities, and then helping me take action and leave the relative safety of permanent employment for contracting. Having seen the benefits of coaching on my own career, I now coach people like you to achieve greater clarity around what you want from work; to understand your motivators and values and develop a sense of self so that you can find the role or shape your business to best fit with your skills and aspirations.

Why should our clients choose you?

I work with humour, drive and sensitivity. Guided by my values of honesty, humour and humanity, I combine 25 years of work experience with NLP and coaching to help you transition into new ways of working. I can help you reduce stress levels, increase resilience and gain clarity on your future options and what is really on here.

For example, this client is now in his third year running a consultancy business which gives him the variety and challenge he wanted with the flexibility for family time which was an important motivator for him; "Overall, I found the process with Shirley to be very helpful, supportive and insightful. At my first session, I knew partly what I didn’t want from a job/career, but was unclear on what I did want. The sessions provided a platform to discuss my thoughts, ideas and jumbled views in a supportive, professional and totally confidential environment. I was at ease from the first few minutes and knew I could talk in total confidence and trust".

This client was struggling with lack of confidence and fear of success and overwhelm which was preventing him taking his business forwards; “I needed a kickstart to help me move forward with a second business, which had been languishing for a little while. In a couple of sessions, Shirley helped me to find some focus and unblock some of the barriers which had been holding me back. She helped me work on improving my confidence as well as making some key business decisions. Her insightful approach was of great benefit and I would definitely recommend her if you need help getting unstuck in your career or business”.

This corporate client was adjusting to a new organisational culture and a challenging management style. I helped her find fresh perpectives on her situation so she could find new strategies to deal with the everyday challenges of new environment and maintain confidence in herself and her abilities. "Shirley is an intelligent and thoughtful professional coach. She's inquisitive and rather than taking a standard "top down" / standard questions approach, her methods are more engaging and collaborative. Shirley has a substantial corporate experience and is versed in that world's inherent politics, which provides her with the informed platform to engage constructively and develop a deep relationship with her clients. I recommend her!"

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The average price of an Executive Coach is £100 per session

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