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5 Reasons Not to Hire a Coach

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5 Reasons Not to Hire a Coach

Scott Alexander

Developing who we are and what we are is never-ending. Even when we reach a “peak” in our lives, and more specifically our career - life happens and forces us to adapt.  These adaptations are just course corrections.  Think of it like a compass.  You start out heading north but every now and then you have to veer a few degrees off the path.  Over time, you can wind up going east instead of north. 

That’s when people typically start working with a coach.  Whether you desire more from your current position or decide to change career paths completely, a coach can help you get back on the right path.  Along the way, a good coach will help you to develop leadership abilities, find inspiration, inspire others, and achieve your desired impact.

So just in case you are in the process of weighing the pros and cons of hiring someone like myself, here are some reasons you may not want to…

1.  If you like to repeat the same less-than-optimal cycles over and over again…

We are all prone to getting caught in cycles of behavior - some beneficial and others completely detrimental toward reaching our desired goals. The funny thing about it?  Most of us are aware of our negative cycles, but find a way to continue circling anyway.  If this sounds like fun to you, don’t hire a coach.

2.  If you solely measure success by how much money you make…

While making a good living is important- in fact, it’s part of the American Dream, it isn’t an end unto itself.  Every benefit has a cost.  Part of the coaching experience is discovering your definition of success – developing a set of principles and living by them. But if your identity is dependent on the size of your wallet, don’t hire a coach.

3.  If you think a great policy manual will fix all your organizational challenges…

Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all figured out ahead of time and have a policy for how to handle every situation?  Wouldn’t it be great if employees always made the right decisions?  High performing organizations are finding that empowered employees exercising judgement based on organizational principles garners the best customer engagement.  But if you prefer to have employees who say, “let me check the policy manual…,” don’t hire a coach.

4.  If you think Leaders always have the answers…

 There’s something reassuring about having the right answer.  And that’s great if you’re a mathematician; not so much if you are a Leader.  Leaders wield influence by asking the right questions and empowering others to find the truth.  A Leader’s success is defined by the success of their people.  Learning to ask the right questions means you have to be ok that the answers aren’t yours!  But if you are interested in knowing all the answers and always being “right”, don’t hire a coach.

 5. If hope is your preferred strategy …

Are you busy?  Of course you are.  You know “what” you need to be doing and by “when” it needs to be done.  Do you know your “why”?  Great Leaders look instinctual but they really just appear that way because they are intentional.  They use their “why” to guide every decision, every interaction.  It doesn’t make them less busy; rather, it builds confidence that their actions are moving them in the right direction.  On the other hand, if you prefer a work harder - do more - hope for the best mentality, don’t hire a coach.



Scott Alexander is a published author, a coach to entrepreneurs and senior executives, an accomplished speaker, and a strategy/leadership consultant.