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How Do I Really Know if I’ve Found a Good Trusted Advisor?

trusted-advisor-picHow Do You Know?

Unlike the medical or legal industries, the coaching industry is largely unregulated. We want you to find and secure a trusted advisor (executive coach, leadership development facilitator, executive mentor, etc) who will provide expert services.

You deserve it. You need it. All successful organizational leaders  have a dedicated trusted advisor. You should, too.

When we reflect on Socrates and Aristotle’s work, we can also garner a good idea of a sound mentoring relationship. Since the beginning of time, human beings have sought the support of those who may help guide them or pave the path for a clearer way. What is interesting though, is that executive coaching and/or mentoring has really had a comparatively short history when we consider it as a profession.

We can chronicle very successful executive coaching relationships, as noted in some of the most successful organizational leaders and business owners. The most successful are acutely aware of the strength a dedicated trusted advisor. However, unlike other industries or professions, such as law or medicine, the field of executive coaching and executive mentoring is largely unregulated and lacking required professional designation (i.e. licensing or certification).

To make matters even more confusing, the titles and assumptions are oftentimes used interchangeably. This is a common noted mistake. The role of an executive coach or are very different, though they all apply to executive and/or leadership development.

Whether in need of an executive coach or mentor, some factors worthy of consideration include industry experience, above average interpersonal skills, non-bias (lacking judgement), credentialing. However, these are just to name a few. The core competencies of a good trusted advisor are those who will ask the best questions at the right time, hold you accountable, and give you the truth.

Look for authenticity. Someone who is giving you undivided attention, not trying to sell you something. Ensure exquisite communication skills. Look for signs that the trusted advisor is going to hold you accountable and mean it. Consider whether the trusted advisor is willing to follow up with you six months or a year down the road to make sure you are still on the right path. Those of us who are confident in our services naturally want our clients to sustain success. We follow up …. long after the program has concluded.