Executive coaching offers the opportunity to work in privacy and confidence with a coach to assist you to become a more effective communicator and manager. The coach's role is to support and challenge you to build on your current strengths and identify and develop your areas for improved effectiveness.
The clearest analogy for executive coaching is the sports coach. Top athletes employ a coach to help them achieve their peak performance. They wouldn't dream of trying to do this without the assistance of someone skilled in observing their performance, guiding their goal setting, and providing them with honest feedback. What they know is that the coach will not be in the pool or on the track in their place, but will be on the sidelines watching and guiding their performance.
Who benefits from executive coaching?
Many people in senior organisational roles find balancing strategy, operations and managing people demanding and often stressful.
Our clients typically include
- CEOs whose positions isolate them from the sources of advice and feedback that have characterised their earlier roles
- Senior executives who are promoted on the basis of their professional and technical expertise, whose roles now require them to manage people . These people typically come from the areas of finance, accounting, engineering, IT, law, medicine, marketing and sales
- High-potential performers who have been identified as future leaders
- High achievers for whom professional development is a source of employment satisfaction
How does coaching help?
Coaching helps by providing one-on-one professional assistance to develop the competencies demanded of managers today.
We work with our clients in areas related to their professional environment and their individual needs. Typically our clients select the areas on which they would most like to focus their coaching program. These include
- Empowering others
- Managing change
- Strategic planning
- Building and managing teams
- Persuading and influencing others
- Developing and communicating vision
- Presentation skills
- Managing conflict
- Giving feedback
- Conducting performance appraisals
- Problem solving
- Dealing effectively with stress and pressure
- Life/work balance
- Managing time and prioritising
How do we conduct executive coaching?
Our executive coaching is a solutions-focused engagement and is designed in three phases. It begins with a thorough assessment followed by coaching you in the actions and behaviours that will transform your leadership style.
The first phase assesses your current professional role and your preferred style of leadership. We conduct a structured interview, a 360 degree inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator to assist you in recognising your preferred style and to identify the areas that you would most like to develop.
In this phase, we help you identify the changes you wish to make, and plan the actions that will bring about this change.
Your coach provides you with feedback and helps you evaluate the effectiveness of your actions. The cycle includes reviewing your goals and the obstacles you face, identifying the resources available to you, challenging your self-limiting beliefs, and developing new actions to improve performance.
Coaching is typically conducted in 1 - 1½ hour sessions every fortnight either in your place of work or at our offices. The program totals sixteen coaching hours over a period of 6 months. Many people continue coaching beyond this period, which is an option available to all.