What Makes a Good Executive Coach?

In Talent Economy today, Lauren Dixon features Wendy Murphy, head of our Human Capital Practice, in an article exploring what makes for a good executive coach.

Writing in her piece, “What Makes a Good Executive Coach?”, Dixon states:

Although executive coaching courses are emerging in universities, there is a wide range of expertise present in the field…

With this and other arrangements where the coach has a relationship with the company, there need to be ground rules around what’s going back to the CEO and board, said Wendy Murphy, managing director of RSR Partners, an executive search firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. “There has to be that trust,” she said.

Additionally, there should be a stated end date for the coaching relationship. “Good coaching is time based,” Murphy said. The goal is to find the root cause of an issue, correct and continue with work. Of course, the executive can re-engage at another time, but there’s otherwise no motivation to get the progress they need, Murphy said. Life coaches would have an ongoing relationship with their clients, but this is not the case with executive coaches.

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