Executive coaching is about honing skills to achieve excellence. It helps senior managers enhance their leadership abilities so they can drive business results more effectively. Together, the coach and client set goals and work in real time on the challenges and opportunities the leader is facing. This powerful partnership rapidly accelerates the executive’s effectiveness to communicate vision, build commitment, and deliver bottom line exceptional performance.
Examples of Typical Executive Coaching Clients
- Successful professionals who need to communicate more influentially with their peers, teams, and high stakes audiences.
- Leaders seeking to become more visible in their companies and industries
- Senior managers who must lead their organizations through ongoing change.
- Up- and- comers and new managers who need to develop higher-level skills and techniques in order to succeed in their more challenging roles.
- Managers overlooked for promotion because they need to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to motivate and inspire others.
- Sales stars who have been promoted to senior managers and need to acclimate quickly.
- Leaders who must create and execute winning business strategies.
Executive Coaching Process
A typical engagement usually lasts six months and includes some or all of the following steps. In cases where the client and decision maker (most often supervisor) are separate individuals, both are involved in the planning process.
- A pre-engagement conference is conducted between the coach, the client, and the client’s supervisor to determine key issues and agree on objectives.
- A coaching proposal is created based on information from the conference.
- Assessment tools may be employed depending on the circumstances, to identify client strengths, management style, personality traits, etc. These can include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the 360 Degree Feedback Tool, and the DISC Profile.
- Post-assessment results are reviewed with the coaching client in private and where appropriate, shared in summary format with the supervisor.
- Goal setting is conducted during the initial coaching meeting. The client, the supervisor, and the coach, agree on the official goals for the coaching.
- The action/coaching phase includes two to three coaching sessions per month (both in person and over the phone) in pursuit of the agreed upon goals.
- Real time coaching is accomplished through “just in time” conversations for time-sensitive issues, work shadowing, videotaping, and feedback.
- Books, articles, and other support materials are provided where needed.
- A summary meeting takes place at the end of the initial engagement where methods and options for sustaining results over time are discussed.
Personal Executive Coaching
Although companies commonly sponsor executive coaching, numerous motivated individuals pursue coaching on their own. Their reasons vary. They may want to explore their options, refine their skills, gain clarity, or increase their compensation and they prefer to work independently rather than to share their issues in-house. In some cases they take it upon themselves to hire their own executive coach and the company reimburses them. Whatever the motivating factors, the process for personal executive coaching is essentially the same as company sponsored executive coaching.
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