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Executive Coaching
Executive Coaching

The Leadership Coaching Process

We approach every client as a completely unique project. As such, this process may be modified for your needs.

Leadership Coaching Process Understating

The Coaching relationship begins with the Coach and the Client. Occasionally, the relationship also starts with the Client’s Manager.

The first step to any engagement is to try to understand the areas of opportunity. A discussion takes places during which the parties talk openly about both positive and less-helpful behaviors. We also try to understand key structural components, such as overlapping responsibilities with other departments/individuals, and metrics for assessing the success of the leader.

In many cases, our Assessment will include multiple interviews with the leader's peers, direct reports, and her/his manager. During that Assessment, we develop for the leader a fair and accurate composite picture. The results of that Assessment are included in the improvement areas that the leader already has identified.

Coaching Plan
Create a Coaching Plan

Once our Assessment phase is complete, the Coach and the Client sit down to collaboratively draft the Client's Coaching Plan.

The Coaching Plan includes feedback from the Assessment Phase. The Coach and the Client spend one-two meetings, with the goal of drilling down to understand the root cause of the behavior(s) that the Client decides s/he wishes to improve.

In many cases, the Client then shares her/his Coaching Plan with the Client’s Manager. Through that process, both the Client and the Coach are clear that their work is aligned with the Client's manager, and the Client is sure s/he is working on areas for improvement that best help the business. At this point, we work to establish metrics for the engagement.

Coaching Plan Implementation
Implement the Plan

The Client implements her/his Coaching Plan, with regular meetings with the Coach.

During this phase, the Coach and the Client’s manager may meet occasionally; however, the Coach will not divulge confidential information to the Client's manager.

Key metrics captured during this phase help the Client to point to measurable progress.

Also, the Coach and the Client discuss the how and when to phase out their time together. The Coach is there to make sure the Client is set up for success and prepared for the Coach's exit.

Coaching Plan
Create a Coaching Plan
Measure and Feedback

The Coach and the Client may continue to meet periodically for some time.

In many cases, the Client will ask the Coach to implement a second 360 survey/interviews, in order to capture metrics on progress the Client has made.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Coaching and Training

Executive Coaching is the process of a leader hiring a coach to take her/him to the next level of their performance. Depending on what the leader needs to develop, the coaching conversations and tools are customized for that engagement.

Our clients tell us coaching has helped them in various ways: developing their strategies for their work, leading others with more patience and empathy, and generally improving how the leader "shows up" in a variety of settings.

In the bigger picture, everyone needs a coach...even coaches. To determine if coaching is right for you, you need to take a patient look at yourself and determine, "What could I work on to make me more successful than I am?" When you understand what that might be, and the value it will bring to your career, it's time to call a coach.

We provide the guideline that our coaching engagement should include a 6-month minimum sign up. The reason is we want to have enough time to have our clients see that coaching has propelled their careers to next levels. While most executive coaches ask for a 1-year sign up, we like to let our clients decide if they want to keep it going...and to pay for it. Our contract allows us to put our money where our mouth is, and that agreement takes the risk away from the client.

Great question! Executive Coaching is about improving your business performance. Now, occasionally, conversations do get personal. For example, becoming a better leader may mean sleeping more, taking a vacation periodically, or working out. In this case, the coach is encouraging those behaviors to enhance the client's leadership capabilities. Therapy has a different goal. The goal of therapy is to become happier, in general, for that purpose alone. Therapy usually includes discussion about an individual's past, including family relationships, to provide the space for that healing. Occasionally, a good business coach may recommend a great therapist for a client. Some of our clients talk to clinical psychologists, as well as their business coach, and that's great -- and for different objectives.

The main benefit of having a coach is that every conversation is tailored to your success, and your particular needs. As a leader in an organization, these conversations can move individuals to levels they can only achieve with a coach. The advantage to an organization is you will have stronger, more confident, more patient leaders who extract the most joy and efficiency from their teams.

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