Executive Life and Health Coaching -

March 22, 2017by Samantha Lee

Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is a customised development process for an executive that is aimed at accelerating performance and results, usually in the area of management and/or leadership. Executive coaches work intimately with the executive to find, and constantly perform, from that sweet spot between managing self and engaging others.

Some of the career and leadership needs an executive coach could help you with:

  • Building a synergistic and effective team
  • Getting along with your peers and bosses
  • Managing your board as a new CEO
  • Learning to lead former peers
  • Change of business direction or culture
  • Business strategies and innovation
  • Improving your sales pitch and results
  • Handling an existing team conflict
  • Dealing with high-stress levels
  • Improving communication
  • Managing more effectively
  • Speaking persuasively
  • Driving results and productivity

An executive coach is best at understanding of how people, relationships and behavioural change work in an organisation and is trained to quickly grasp your situation. Your coach works intimately with you to challenge assumptions and choices, and call forth practical ideas that he/she will hold you accountable to implement.

With your executive coach, you can look forward to

  • Unraveling deep behavioural insights
  • Increasing self-awareness/mindfulness
  • Action learning
  • A sounding board for strategising
  • Honest, objective feedback
  • Performance accountability
  • New creative ideas
  • Emotional support for big changes or long races

With the above, you will be empowered to think through and tackle your own challenges, emerging wiser and more capable. Executive coaching is suitable for executives/leaders at all levels, and sometimes includes the involvement of other stakeholders (the boss, HR manager, peers, subordinates).

Tips for hiring a life coach:

  1. Ask for the coach’s credentials
  2. Ask for the coach to share portfolio and his/her clientele, include examples of past cases
  3. Most executive coaches have an area of expertise to offer – Is it business communication? Public speaking? Change management? Project management? Leadership? Strategy?
  4. Ask for the coach’s coaching approach, listen out for traits and values you can relate to
  5. Read the coach’s testimonials on his/her profile page, or if possible, request an opportunity to speak to his/her clients to understand their experience of the coaching

Life Coaching

Life coaching is a self-induced change process an individual goes through with the help of a partner – a coach. The aim of life coaching is to help you work towards achieving what you want from life.

Some of these personal goals might be to:

  • Find a job that you love
  • Manage your money better, or make more money
  • Deal with stress
  • Parenting goals
  • Achieve work-life balance
  • Communicate powerfully or public speaking
  • Improve relationships – friends, family, marriage
  • Build attraction and charisma
  • Get a promotion
  • Find a romantic partner
  • Create that dream lifestyle
  • To discover your passion and direction
  • To discover meaning and purpose in your life

A life coach works intimately with you to establish positive, productive beliefs and behaviours (over negative self-limiting ones) that help you move forward in the area you crave a change. Discover what prevents you from getting what you want, and experience newfound clarity, strength and purpose. Life coaching takes place through conversations with your coach – either face to face or over the phone.

What happens in life coaching conversations with your coach?

  • Self-reflection and self-inquiry
  • Awareness building of behaviours and motivations
  • Challenge notions and beliefs
  • Understand barriers you face
  • “Seeing” past the glass ceiling
  • Adopt new, better ways of doing things
  • Strategise and plan
  • Learn, create, brainstorm new approaches
  • Being accountable for actions and results
  • Acknowledging your strengths and achievements
  • Discover newfound passions, value, purpose

These real, authentic conversations with your life coach is why coaching works wonders. Your relationship with your coach provides you a dedicated safe space to think aloud and examine what’s going on, which gets really tricky to do when Life demands your attention almost 24/7. This space for yourself helps you to step back from Life… to restrategize Life! Some find it healing; others find it enlightening.

Tips for hiring a life coach:

  1. Ask for the coach’s credentials
  2. Ask for the coach to share examples of clients he/she has helped before
  3. Most life coaches are well-versed in handling general life topics, but ask if the coach has an area of expertise to offer – Is it finance? Communication? Motivation? Creativity? Family?
  4. Ask for the coach’s story – why did he/she choose to become a coach? What did he/she go through? Listen for traits and values you can relate to
  5. Read the coach’s testimonials on his/her profile page, or request an opportunity to speak to his/her clients to understand their experience of the coaching


Health, fitness and wellness

Health, fitness and wellness coaches help you cultivate a healthier lifestyle through making better choices for yourself. They empower you to find your motivation and using customised approaches, work with you toward your physical and emotional health goals.

These goals might be to:

  • Lose or gain weight
  • Shape up
  • Strengthen your body
  • Eat better
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Quit habits like smoking
  • Lower stress levels

Working toward health and fitness goals can be challenging, with many distractions that lear you away from meeting your goals. Convenient and unhealthy food choices, workplace stress, social pressure, crazy schedules are just some common hurdles that get in your way. But, more importantly, you might find yourself simply unmotivated at the end of a long work day to eat right and workout right! Or it could be life-long creature comfort habits that are tough to break. Health and fitness coaching focuses you on what is important to you, and gets you there a step at a time.

Your health and fitness coach works closely with you to achieve your goals in a manner that is optimal to your lifestyle. Feel more confident as you experience successes from improvements and ultimately achieve more significant change that you could on your own. Your body will thank you as you radiate with a newfound zest for life. Clients often report spill-over breakthroughs at work and in relationships with loved ones.

Your health, fitness and wellness coach might cover the following with you:

  • Assess your current health condition
  • Develop your health goals
  • Establish your plan
  • Coach you through difficulties
  • Physically be there as you train
  • Track your progress


Tips for hiring a health, fitness or wellness coach:

  1. Ask for the coach’s credentials
  2. Listen to the coach’s story and why he/she chose to be a health, fitness or wellness coach
  3. Health and wellness coaches come from a diverse background of experience and training. Ask for the coach’s area of expertise – Is it nutrition? Fitness? Mind and body methods?
  4. Speak to a few coaches and gain a deeper understanding of what you need to achieve your health/fitness goals. Not all approaches will appeal to you, choose one that does
  5. Read the coach’s testimonials on his/her profile page, or request an opportunity to speak to his/her clients to understand their experience of the coaching

Samantha Lee