How to Coach Startup Founders and Adapt to Different Styles

In this blog post, I interview Alisa Cohn who is an executive coach who works with senior executives and high-potential leaders to help them create positive permanent shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve. She was named the #1 Startup Coach in the world at the 2019 Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Awards in London, and also named one of the Top 30 Global Gurus for Startups of 2020.

Summary:

  • How she coaches the founders and the cofounders in the startup world.
  • Adapting to different styles in a high-growth environment, 360-degree feedback, and conscious communication.
  • Switch between personal and professional mindset, the power of breath in and out.
  • How to plan for high stake conversations and calming techniques.

Not only these practices are applicable to Startup founders, but also to everyone who has direct reports or in similar capacity.

Now, the interview starts:

Nishant: You were named the #1 startup coach in the world at the thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith leading coaches awards in London. How do you coach the founders and the cofounders in the startup world?

Alisa: If I think about founders, they really have a few common elements. So first of all, they’re not always aware that like they’re the founders and they’re the CEO that people are looking at them a certain way. They’re just thinking —hey, I’m me, and they have to kind of get used to the fact that they show up as the boss.

The second thing I would say is that they are constantly having to adapt their style. That’s what a high-growth environment is. It requires you to adapt your style. So you have to be constantly learning and accelerating your own growth to keep up with the needs of the growth of the startup.

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