In part 2 of my series on executive coaching, I’m sharing the coach-specific insights from my 80+ interviews with executives and coaches, and how they’ve changed the way I coach. If you’re looking for the data, you can also refer to Part 1 of this series or visit Part 3: How to Find an Executive Coach.Read More »What I Didn’t Know About Coaching (Part 2)
Ada Chen Rekhi
I’m excited to share what I’ve learned from 80+ conversations to map the executive coaching industry:
- How are executives finding their executive coach?
- What areas is coaching effective for and how are people leveraging it?
- How much do executive coaches typically charge, and what’s the structure?
- How do you maximize the value from your coaching relationship?
I was curious about these questions, too, in the course of answering these I collected interviews across 13 coaches, 17 founders and executives (Director/VP/GM+) who have engaged coaches, and 50+ prospective coachees.Read More »An In-Depth Guide to Executive Coaching: Everything You Need To Know (Part 1)
When I founded my first company Connected back in 2011, I was really surprised by the intensity of the emotional rollercoaster. By then I’d already worked everywhere from large corporate Microsoft to tiny new startup and felt prepared. I was dead wrong. I remember describing it to a friend as, “After I started a company, everything became 10x more intense. The highs and lows filled with terror, sometimes all in the same hour. Everything else I’d done in my professional career fades in comparison.”Read More »7 Things No One Tells You About Being a Startup Founder
It is tempting to fully embrace data-driven decision making and demand all marketing efforts are backed with data and ROI. While this sounds reasonable initially, marketing is both an art and science, and great marketers should also spend time honing their customer intuition to be successful in their craft.Read More »Marketers: Hone Your Customer Intuition
With all of the talk of The Great Resignation, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many people are asking the question, what do I really want to do?
Many people follow a guiding star throughout their early career. Their career transitions are based on what their parents or peers expected, what their peers did, where there was the highest status, or even taking what they were good at to its natural extreme. Later on, what they begin to question is whether that work is meaningful or significant to them.Read More »Finding Meaningful Work with “Designing Your Life”
Why transitioning to management is hard: The Leadership Chasm
When I coach founders and execs, I often encounter them in a point of transition. Reaching the point in your career where you transition from individual contributor to a people leader is often a story of struggle. Here’s why it’s so difficult to rise to the new challenge: The Leadership Chasm.
Inspired by a recent conversation that reminded me of Ben Horowitz’s Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager post, I wanted to share a cleaned up version of a similar talk I prepped for a subset of my team at SurveyMonkey on what a world class marketer looks like.Read More »Good Marketer / Bad Marketer
Inquiring minds want to know… What is the average free to paid conversion rate from a free trial or freemium? What is a “good” conversion rate from free trial to paid?Read More »Freemium and Free Trial Conversion Benchmarks