The best in every field understand that they are never "done"; that there is always room to develop and improve. That is how they stay at the top of their game.
Athletes have coaches - Musicians have producers - Writers have editors.
Managers and leaders use Executive Coaches.
Think of coaching in a sports context. Would you expect a "Point Guard" to lead the team without a coach? Would you expect the team to become champions without a coach? Now change the words "Point Guard" to "Executive" and the word "team" to "staff".
Coaching is as valuable in organizations as in basketball!
Like athletes, executives use coaching to achieve greater success. Athletes want to be coached to become game winners. Executives look for ways to excel at making their organization more successful, to work up to their potential and to remove the obstacles to their success.
Executive Coaching offers an opportunity for both individuals and organizations to define and address Leadership, Executive Skills and Organizational Change development needs confidentially and in a way that can help accomplish and sustain change through a process of mastery acquisition.
Coaching is typically conducted confidentially "behind the scenes" in combination with appropriately selected assessment and "action learning" tools.
Each engagement is a very personal experience resulting in a customized framework for successful thinking and learning.
Coaching steps to success are:
Step 1: Situation and Needs Analysis: Identify coaching goals.
Step 2: Assessment: Obtain both individual and organizational relevant data.
Step 3: Plan: Create a "Powerhouse Action Plan".
Step 4: Coaching: Execute the coaching plan.
Step 5: Review and Feedback: Evaluate the results.
Executive Coaching Services Offered...
Executive coaching programs address different individual and organizational needs depending upon their unique goals, situation and environment. Possibilities include:
♦ One-to-One, Peer Group, Team and Project Execution Leadership Coaching -
Typically a Leadership coaching effort is designed for executives with responsibilities for organizational results. Areas of coaching vary but may include: thinking and decision making, enhancing personal leadership capabilities, strategic leadership, executive teams, project execution, power and influence, peer leadership learning groups, organizational governance, and leadership legacy.
♦ Executive Skills Development Coaching -
Executive Skills Development Coaching focuses on specific executive skills impacting individual and organizational performance in such areas as: management, financial understanding and acumen, communications, interpersonal relationships and personal success.
♦ Organizational Change Coaching -
Organizational Change coaching is designed for the executive seeking to break away from the same old ways of growing and developing an organization given the increasing uncertainty and challenges of the current economic marketplace. Focus is directed to organizational performance!
How Do We Actually Work Together?
By way of example, One-to-One Leadership coaching conversations range from 45 to 60 minutes each and are conducted in person, over the phone or via a video conference.
Coaching engagements of this type are usually completed between three to twelve months time.
Prior to each coaching conversation the coachee completes any assignments from the prior conversation and prepares by generating a Coaching Session Prep form which is forwarded to the coach in advance of the next coaching session.
Coaching results will depend on individual commitment and effort. Executive coaching does not lend itself to a cookie cutter approach; therefore, effort on multiple fronts will be expended including but not limited to:
1. Personal and organizational assessments.
2. Powerhouse Action Plan.
3. One-to-One coaching conversations.
4. Team coaching conversations.
5. Peer coaching conversations.
6. Custom directed development tools, activities and exercises.