Oct 5, 2021
This is Part 2 of my discussion of coaches and how to hire one.
I receive frequent questions about this topic from listeners. Their
questions generally involve one or more of these themes:
- Should I use a coach?
- Where do I find a coach?
- Are coaches expensive?
- Do you recommend certain coaches?
I'm aware of three directories of physician coaches:
- Happy MD lists five coaches affiliated
with Dr. Dike Drummond
- The Physician Coaching Alliance currently
lists 43 coaches, including the CEO, Dr. Errin Weisman
- Finally, Physician Coaches, hosted by Dr. Mike Woo-Ming,
provides a directory of 170 coaches for physicians. Thirty-eight
are designated as career coaches. Many of the Life Coaches also
include career coaching in what they do.
My advice for finding a suitable coach:
- First learn about burnout, career transition, and
nontraditional careers through free websites, blogs, Facebook
groups, podcasts like this one, articles, and books. Some of the
coaches I mentioned have podcasts. Most post articles on their
- Network with colleagues who have transitioned and ask them if
they used a coach and whether it was a worthwhile investment. I’ve
asked physicians this question many times. And to a person, they
found the process to be useful and effective. Then check out the
directories I already mentioned.
- Narrow down your choice to 3 or 4, check out their websites,
read their bios on LinkedIn, access their websites, and join their
email lists to get to know them. Then set up an interview
(discovery call, free consultation) and spend at least 15 minutes
getting to know them. Tell them each that you are interviewing
others to find one who is a good fit for both of you.
- Select one of them and get started. If it seems you are not
making progress or connecting well after several sessions, then
explain to them that you wish to move on.
Putting this episode together made me think a lot more about
providing career consulting services myself. I have really enjoyed
the Nonclinical Mastermind Sessions I have been doing, which is a
form of group coaching, in my opinion. And I definitely encourage
you to try that if it appeals to you.
So, I decided to take the plunge and set aside some time
for Nonclinical Career Consulting. And if you want to work
with me, you can learn more about it at nonclinicalcareeracademy.com.
There you will find a description of the three levels of Career
Consulting Services I provide. You can read the descriptions and
set up a short call for us to discuss your needs.
You can find the show notes for today’s episode at nonclinicalphysicians.com/find-a-physician-career-coach
If you'd like to join my Nonclinical Mastermind
Group, you can learn about it at nonclinicalphysicians.com/mastermind.
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