Christine Christodoulou Executive Coaching Q&As
Why did you consider executive coaching?
It is something different to training that really helps on a deeper level. It helps with understanding how you think, why you make the decisions you make, and then helps you do business better.
What were your expectations from coaching?
I don’t really know what my expectations were. I didn’t have any fixed expectations, but it surpassed whatever I thought it was going to be. Yeah it’s been brilliant in terms of the results.
Was there anything that surprised you?
Actually how involved it is and how it really does get you looking and thinking about things differently.
What have you noticed to be the benefits for you?
I am in a much happier place in terms of work; it really helps you to get focused and realign the way you are thinking. If it weren’t for that, I probably wouldn’t still be in recruitment and I probably wouldn’t still be with the company.
What have you noticed to be the greatest impact from having executive coaching?
Being happier with what I do and being happier in the workplace.
Would you recommend it to other people?
100%, absolutely, every time, everybody I talk to I recommend it to.
How have you measured your development and success?
I haven’t put any particular process in place myself, but the fact that I have been promoted to take over the branch has been a success in itself.
Has executive coaching helped with your overall sense of wellbeing?
100%, I feel so much happier since doing it. Not just me, but I had a lot of people in my team who were miserable and didn’t want to do their job. Since seeing Jaqui they’re happier, settled and performing really well.
What do you like most about the process?
It helps you to refocus.
Is there anything you think is essential for a good coaching relationship?
You need to feel comfortable with the coach so you can be honest with them, because if you aren’t honest with them you are not going to get as much out of it. So I think the coach needs to make you feel comfortable, they need to be approachable and non-judgmental.
Did you find any part of the coaching process difficult?
A little bit, I guess in the early stages when the coach is exploring your background and history and it brings up difficult things in your past, that can be quite emotional.
Is there anything that you would change about the process?
No, I love it.
How frequently would you recommend having coaching sessions?
It depends, but probably once a quarter or once every six months as a minimum.
And how long do you think each session should last?
It depends on what you need, they tend to last a couple of hours with Jaqui which is plenty. Definitely no longer, you would be an emotional wreck.
What in your words makes a good coach?
I think a good coach is someone who will ask the right questions to get you thinking and listen and advise to give you different perspectives on things you haven’t realised yourself.
Do you think providing executive coaching helps to retain staff and make them more committed to their job?
100%, yes, definitely.
When would you recommend a person to have coaching?
I think at the point where somebody has got all the skills-based training they need, and they have been doing their job for a while. When there are more skills you can give them to develop, they need to start doing the coaching.
Do you think it is important that your coach is qualified and part of a coaching federation?
Well I think it is better.
Is it important to have actions to complete after each session?
Definitely, absolutely. Jaqui always leaves you with actions, and she will always check in with you the next time.
Do you have any specific comments you would like to make about Jaqui as your coach?
Jaqui is amazing. I tell everybody about her, and I hope we can keep her on board forever.