Executive Coach vs. Business CoachTue 27 Dec 2016
Iâ€™m writing this article for anyone considering a Business Coach or an Executive Coach in Japan/Korea/China as there appears to be a lack of credible information in these parts of Asia.
For the actual "Coaching" location is generally irrelevant now days.
Letâ€™s draw some distinctions and look at some of the differences in emphasis, focus, and training between these two types of coaching:
â€œBusiness Coachingâ€ is a generally an alternative term derived from the field of consulting. Research shows: â€œMany Business Coaches refer to themselves as consultants, a broader business relationship than one which exclusively involves coaching.â€
I regularly work with an amazing woman. She is very business savvy, and she has sold her previous businesses for millions. She is more of a business developer and consultant than coach however she calls herself a â€˜Business Coachâ€™.
Would I want her coaching me on my business?
Several friends of mine have hired Business Coaches & I'll be happy to recommend you to their coaches as they are having successful relationships. Not all business coaches are and you don't simply 'get what you pay for'. This is due to many well marketed, well presented coaches that have no experience backing up their promises. There are also some business coaches which undercharge as they are in their first years of 'coaching'.
Executive Coaching on the other hand is vastly different. As the diagram above illustrates, Executive Coaching focuses more on the behaviours and skills used by the individual rather than the business. Some people say it is more like 'Advanced Life Skills' or 'business soft skills'. This Coaching can be used to help someone with all kinds of things from developing more appropriate and a variety of leadership styles, to interviews. Common things targeted include procrastination, time management, public speaking, voice coaching, conflict resolution, and the list goes on.
Adrian Cahill is a generalist who has coached many small business owners and executives in China, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, UK, Australia, Canada and USA. Although he may or may not be right for you, as a Regional Development Officer for the International Coaching Federation, you can count on him to offer you friendly, accurate and timely advice to coaches available in your area or for your situation.