Leadership

Why Founders Need Coaches, Not Consultants

Engaging founders is an art. In 10 years of working with startups, I’ve learned that some approaches work better than others.

Dave Bailey
Aug 1, 2017 · 4 min read

Why consulting doesn’t work for early-stage startups

Coaching vs. consulting

1. Let them bring their agenda to you

2. No one can receive advice before they feel understood

3. Questions are more powerful than answers

4. Stick to the specifics

5. Curiosity is the opposite of judgement

6. Their words out of someone else’s mouth

7. Share experiences, not instructions

8. Patience is essential to effective teaching

9. Give credit where it’s due

10. Following up is 90% of the value

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Dave Bailey

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CEO coach to Series A+ founders, 3X venture-backed founder, angel investor, author of The Founder Coach https://linktr.ee/FounderCoach

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CEO coach to Series A+ founders, 3X venture-backed founder, angel investor, author of The Founder Coach https://linktr.ee/FounderCoach

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