These two forms of coaching have more in common than the word “coach”. Let me explain.
When you are coached as an executive of a corporation, it’s not always in order to improve your skills on the job. Instead it’s often about better management of your behaviours and emotions at work; so that your interactions with peers, bosses, subordinates improve: all to make you a more effective employee.
On the other hand, when you are coached into retirement we don’t really talk about skills. Now the coach helps you to locate meaning in your life postwork. As a corollary this will help you to manage your behaviours and emotions better. Isn’t that a good thing, for you and family and friends?
I predict that, one day, companies will sponsor retirement coaching just as they do executive coaching. Why?
Because that will send a positive signal down the line to more junior employees. Namely that the company values its employees at all phases and times.
Retirement: You won’t know what it is like until you get there.