What do you think of when someone mentions coaching? Many times when I tell people I’m an executive coach, I get a slightly quizzical look in response? ‘ You mean like a sports coach, or a personal trainer?’
The next most anxiety producing experience compared to a trip to the dentist for many people is going for a job interview. Right? After a restless night of trying to guess what questions you will be asked you are expected to be on top of your game. The fact is you can hardly pronounce your own name. Uh Huh. Sound familiar? So what do you do before your interview?
How many resumes do you need? This past weekend a woman I know fairly well, gave me a copy of her husband’s resume. She had talked with me previously about how hard he has been looking for work and for quite a while. She also briefed me verbally about his career to date. I asked her to please give me a copy of his resume which she did.
Is Anybody Out There? Our Executive Network Coaches and I regularly receive phone calls from executives and CEO’s who begin by saying, “I need someone to talk with.” Very soon he or she begins sharing, in confidence, a business or interpersonal issue with which they are currently wrestling.
This week I had lunch with the recently elected president of a highly-respected and well-established membership organization with very deep roots in our community. He is also a founding partner and executive with the Canadian company he works with.
“Leadership” oozed out of his pores.
While I was attending UBC in Vancouver, I was privileged to listen to an interview with the person who was then the CEO of Sony Corporation. The interviewer asked the leader of this very successful world-wide corporation, “What do you predict will be the most important language for business leaders to speak and understand in the 21st century?”
Half of the movement towards a great hire occurs when an organization clearly understands why the job exists and what qualities candidates need to excel in the role. The other half occurs when we search for and find candidates who not only have those qualities and skills, but who also takes the next step on their career path.
In the mid 1980s there was a severe economic downturn. Business friends were calling me in a panic. “Walter,” some of them said, “I’ve just lost my job. I’ve never had to look for work. I’m over 50. Who will hire me? What am I going to do?”
For the past 30 years The Executive Network has been helping men and women who were fired to find new employment. Guess what? They did find excellent new employment opportunities. Most never even looked back. Why?
Every week members of our Executive Coaching Team get emails and phone calls from people who are already employed, but thinking about making a career change. What they are seeking is some professional, objective and confidential advice and guidance. Our Executive Coaches hear statements like these: “I used to really enjoy my job but now I don’t.” AND ” I think I need a new challenge. I know I am good at doing what I do; but I also think that I am ready to move on.”
Here’s a true story that every employer should read and remember. A large organization hired their choice candidate to be their newest Vice President. Within two weeks of the start date the new VP informed the president of the organization that they were quitting. Why? A fundamental and fatal step in the recruiting process had been innocently and unfortunately overlooked.