Executive Coaching in the Asia Pacific with Parin Mehta

Executive Coaching in the Asia Pacific with Parin Mehta
Parin Mehta shared his experiences as an executive coach and his coaching philosophy.

Fresh out of the studio, Parin Mehta, venture partner at Menyala and executive coach, shared his journey into executive coaching. He explained how his experiences inspired him to help leaders navigate their careers with intrinsic motivation and commitment, considering cultural nuances and the evolving business landscape. Parin discussed strategies for professional growth, the importance of peer mentorship, and his innovative approach to integrating AI into coaching. He also shared his vision of what success looks like for him as an executive coach in the Asia Pacific region.

"I don't like to work with someone unless they're intrinsically motivated to do it. And so what I mean by that is, I don't think this is a service that you should sell to people. They should demand it and then they're looking in the market for someone to work with them. So I don't like to go out there and sell it per se. And so I used to get some early inbound from boards or investors to say, "Hey, we've got this person. We think they're struggling or we think they've got a bit more potential, they need some help." And then when I spoke to that person, it was very evident that they were reluctantly doing this. So you've got a bit of a principal-agent problem there, right? Where the person you're working with is not incentivized or motivated to do the work. And so I typically now say "no" to those things. What I might do is maybe get an introduction from the board, but then I'll check with the person I'm working with. "Do you want this right now? Are you motivated to do the work?" Because as you said, it is a lot of work on the coachee as well, right - to do the reflection work and, take action. I'm trying to avoid that principal-agent problem. I want to make sure that the person I'm working with is deeply interested and invested in driving some change." - Parin Mehta


  • Parin Mehta, Venture Partner, Menyala and Executive Coach (LinkedIn, @coachparin) at Coach Parin.
  • Let’s start with the origin story, how did you start your career?
  • Can you share your experiences as a senior tech executive at Google and Airbnb?
  • In your career journey, what are the interesting lessons you can share with my audience?

Executive Coaching In Asia Pacific

  • Can you share your journey into executive coaching and what inspired you to become an executive coach?
  • Can you talk generally about why some executives out there seek executive coaching and how they approach an executive coach like yourself? 
  • How would you describe your coaching philosophy and approach when working with executives generally? 
  • What are the types of challenges that executives will come to you for coaching sessions? 
  • What are the common challenges you face when coaching executives and how do you get them to open up? 
  • How do both the person you coach and you evaluate the impact and effectiveness of your coaching sessions?
  • Can you share a success story or a significant transformation you have witnessed in a client who worked with you? (Reference: Notes: Confessions of a Candid Coachee: part 1 & part 2)
  • How has the demand for executive coaching evolved in the Asia Pacific region over recent years?
  • Have you had to adapt your coaching strategies in response to the changing business landscape, cultural reasons and client needs?
  • As a coach, how do you continue to grow and develop professionally? 
  • Do you have a professional coach group where you can seek mentorship and help each other? 
  • What is the one thing you know about executive coaching in Asia Pacific that very few do?
  • What are your perspectives on applying AI to coaching? 
  • You have a newsletter: Weekly Self-Reflection Prompts and how do you use the newsletter to reach out to people who sign up? How effective is having a weekly newsletter? 
  • What does great look like for you as an executive coach? 


Podcast Information: Bernard Leong (@bernardleongLinkedin) hosts and produces the show. Proper credits for the intro and end music: "Energetic Sports Drive" and the episode is mixed & edited in both video and audio format by G. Thomas Craig (@gthomascraigLinkedIn).