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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.

Overcoming Alcoholism – #MentalHealthMonth

One of the biggest problems we have facing our society is that of alcoholism. Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems. The World Health Organization estimates that as of 2010 there were 208 million people with alcoholism worldwide (4.1% of the population over 15 years of age). In 1979, the World Health Organization discouraged the use of “alcoholism” due to its inexact meaning, preferring “alcohol dependence syndrome” We found the video below insightful with valuable ideas on how to treat alcohol use disorder.

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Anxiety – Mental Health Awareness

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and thoughts.

It can be explained as a feeling of fear and worry that may lead to an overreaction in a specific situation and is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as muscular tension, fatigue and concentration problems.

People who face anxiety may withdraw from situations which have provoked the anxiety in the past. It can be short term or long term known as “state” and “trait” respectively.

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How to effectively unwind after work

Unwind after work

Unwind after work

In my other articles I talked about stress as a trigger of mental health problems and how to prevent mental health problems on an organisational level. In this article I want to show you what you can do to prevent and manage stress at work, and also how to unwind effectively after work.

All of us experience stress in our lives, most even on a daily basis. A lot of factors can trigger stress such as a high workload, an angry boss or spouse, or an uncooperative client. The list is almost endless. It’s important to notice that stress does not make sick in general. It always depends on how you handle it. 

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Mental Health in the Movies

Mental Health in the Movies

Mental Health in the Movies

October is Mental Health Awareness Month in Namibia. (The US celebrates this awareness month in May.) The cinema and movies are not always the best places to learn important lessons about life. However, some mental health issues are shrouded in secrecy and stigma. As many of the more serious issues that can be classified as mental health issues are fairly uncommon, it is difficult to identify these issues.

So where can we turn to, to see a picture of mental health disorders. There is no place like Hollywood.

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