Executive coaching is no longer branded as a form of remedial help for underachievers – it is now a high-cost, elite activity that executives of a high status choose to embark on. In previous years, executive coaching has been conducted on a small scale, predominantly due to its bespoke nature. However, a rise in the use of technology is now seeing larger numbers of people benefiting from executive coaching, with opportunities for it to be done at scale. Here we discuss some of the benefits technology is having:
Technology enhances communication in almost all aspects of life, and executive coaching is not exempt from this. Executive coaches and their clients can now communicate more readily, which will enhance observations, interpretations and visualisations.
Progress can be easily monitored
Many executive coaches use a combination of psychometric tests and feedback to work effectively with their client, and these two things can be easily collated by using technologies. By using certain online platforms, coaches and their clients can easily track the progress they have made, and compare this to the goals that were set at the beginning of the process.
Clients are more transparent
It’s not uncommon that an individual may hide what they are thinking or feeling, especially if they feel like they are under the watch of an executive coach. This may not even be a conscious decision, but a coach will be much more effective knowing their client’s true opinions. There are now certain apps on the market that can generate what a specific individual should do to enhance their communication skills. By better interpreting physiological changes, facial expressions and movements, a coach may gain better insight into the commitment or interest of a client, meaning the coaching can be more effective.
While virtual reality is not largely used amongst executive coaches currently, it has big potential for the near future. Virtual reality, or even holograms and avatars, can allow a coach to visualise a future scenario and immerse their client in it as an experiential exercise. AI algorithms may also be used to suggest potential lines of enquiry if previous conversations have been recorded, or those of other coaches.
Here at Anthony Gregg, we are very interested to see how executive coaching will be transformed and enhanced by technologies in the future. If you are interested in executive coaching, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.