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Executive Coaching

Written by Rejoyce Ikuambi

What is executive coaching?

Executive coaching is assisting top executives, managers and other identified leaders to perform,learn,stay healthy and balanced and effectively guide their teams to successfully reach desired goals and exceed individual and corporate expectations. This is done through:

  1. Helping an executive efficiently innovate and adapt their leadership style to meet big organizational changes such as those required by mergers and acquisitions.
  2. Paving the way for a smooth individual career transition – e.g., ensuring rapid acquisition of general leadership skill sets required to move from being a manager to an executive.
  3. Teaching specific new awareness and skills – such as those required because of increased visibility.
  4. Resolving specific problems – remediation (minimizing or repairing damage caused by discrete dysfunctional behavior(s) that create obstacles for personal, team, or corporate best performance).

How exactly does it work?

Executive coaching is always:

  •  One-on-one
  • Relationship-based
  • Highly tailored to the individual clients’ business environment and need(s)
  • Characterized by first defining opportunities for growth – a process accomplished via interview(s), survey instruments, or any of a host of other assessment tools such as the 360 degree assessment, Myers Briggs Personality Test Inventory, Personality and Values Questioning as well as the Thomas Kilmer Conflict Inventory
  • Defined, in a goal-oriented fashion, with a structured plan formally contracted in writing
  • Employ a variety of approaches and techniques
  • Conducted through a series of focused sessions that occur over time (typically 6 to 12 months)
  • Conducted by a professional, preferably external to the organization, whose primary role is coaching
  • Ultimately optimize the clients’ performance so that they can deliver and/or surpass their organizational goals
  • Include follow-through
  • Include accountability
  • Equip the client with lasting heightened awareness and the skills to continue to self-develop

Coaching vs mentoring

People often make the mistake of using coaching and mentoring interchangeably. There is however, a big difference between the two. Mentoring tends to be for a long period of time (can run over decades) and involves learning from someone that is in the sector and that has “been there, done that” that is not the case with executive coaching. Coaching is shorter and within a defined term for example an hour a week for 2 years and a coach is usually someone who is not within the organization and the meetings are usually structured and focus on specific development and leadership issues. Mentoring focuses on career and personal development whereas mentoring focuses more on development in a certain area of an individual’s life.

Who is executive coaching for?

Executive coaching is for people who want to:

-Improve self-confidence

-Strike a better work-life balance

-Open up new career opportunities

-Become a more effective leader

What are the benefits of Executive Coaching?

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Increased self-regulation
  • Greater empathy and emotional intelligence
  • Flexible thinking replacing rigid thinking
  • Higher levels of motivation
  • More effective leadership

These benefits may carry over into the client’s personal life as well.

What improvements can you expect from executive coaching?

The nature of coaching, allows the client not only to develop goals but also to stick to and follow through with goals because the coach will devise a way in which progress towards goals can be measured. Enhanced ability to communicate, a coach works with you to find ways to improve how you convey what is important to you, to the business and to others. And lastly, you can expect better understanding of others because a coach helps you understand why others might think and act the way they do. You’ll learn about actions you can take to help them or to focus them in a direction that is better for the organization. Greater self- and contextual-awareness, coaching is about you and where you work. You will gain insight about yourself as a leader within your organization.

Organizational benefits to having executive coaching

  • Higher productivity
  • Better retention
  • Lower costs
  • Better working relationships
  • Better turnovers

 If you are ready to invest in yourself, coaching offers a tailored, focused way to connect your leadership development with your day-to-day work demands.

From Lustful to Loving Leadership

In a world driven by results, competing and survival of the fittest some basic ancient truths are lost, and leaders would benefit from understanding these core concepts. One of these core concepts is the tension between love and lust. When I use the word lust listeners often think that I will start talking about sexually immoral things leaders have been accused of etc. This is exactly the problem. The definitions of lust and love have been sexualized. In my understanding, love is the focus on someone else for their benefit. While lust is focusing on yourself for your own benefit. Within leadership this exact principle plays a role in how leaders interact with each other and their team. I aim to show the benefits of being a loving leader and the dangers of being a lustful leader and possibly challenge some of the beliefs we might have had about this. This promises to be an exciting ride!

To start the ride help me by evaluating your team via the below sheet.

As soon as you are done please mail the sheet to our consultants and we will direct you to the self evaluation sheet or mail it to you for your own insight. Hope we all can have insightful fun together.

The Neglected Subliminal Message

So many times I have set with senior executives that had the best of intentions and still the message they sent was not received the way they would expect or was not received at all. Although the reasons for this phenomenon vary, at it’s core there is always the same concept and that is the subliminal message.

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So many actors, so few Oscars (The importance of succession planning)

This article in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye: “Warren Buffett Further Reveals Succession Plan at Berkshire Hathaway” written by Nicole Friedman. The article discusses the two candidates identified by Warren Buffet as potential candidates to take over the top job at Berkshire Hathaway when he eventually retires. This article immediately made me think of Jack Welch’s First Rule that he describes in Winning. Welch describes the process of continuously evaluating your team members to identify development areas and areas where the team members are performing well. While Welch got a lot of flak for this principle of differentiation it is only through this process of differentiation that you could get to the point where someone like Warren Buffet can identify one or two people to take over.

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Happy NOW Year – Goal Setting For Success

At the start of every year, I write an article on New Year’s Resolutions. This year I wanted to take a bit of a broader look at goals in general and goal setting in particular. There is a famous quote that says: “Goals are dreams with a deadline.” There is much wisdom in that quote as it summarises the whole idea behind what goal setting is. Thus in a nutshell goalsetting is aiming toward a specific end product or action while keeping yourself accountable for achieving that behavior/product/action by a particular date.

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