Unlike consulting, my executive coaching does not provide industry, functional, or technical expertise, and its focus is not on giving advice. It is a developmental process using a completely different skill set, methodology, and tools.
Much of my professional and personal success would not have been possible without the help of my various coaches. This statement would have amazed me decades ago, because like many I was skeptical about investing time and money in hiring a coach until I experienced its remarkable benefits firsthand. If you are unsure, take the plunge. You have little to lose and so much dormant potential to gain.
Most of my executive coaching is done over the telephone with initial meetings conducted face-to-face whenever feasible. Skype and other such services offer a great alternative that many prefer to the telephone. Onsite, in-person sessions are available but cost significantly more because time spent traveling reduces my available hours.
Benefits you can expect include:
- Bringing important new insights into conscious awareness
- A better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in a particular role
- Advanced tools and techniques to modify your thoughts, feelings, and behavior
- A more objective view of yourself
- The self-confidence to succeed and grow in your role
- Responsive support and encouragement from a staunch ally in your corner
- Better coping skills and greater peace of mind
While you can benefit from working with a coach from any background, it helps if your coach speaks your language and understands your everyday activities. For example, does your coach know what EBITDA stands for? Has s/he been a member of the board of directors or an executive team? When you talk about the challenges you face I will immediately get what you mean, because I have been there myself. I have personally experienced the loneliness that comes with leadership and the way information is filtered by subordinates. I know how difficult it can be to drive consensus with so many competing agendas and the pressure of quarterly financial results. Heavy weighs the crown whether it belongs to a department head or a CEO.
My coaching qualifications include:
- Certifications in coaching, counseling, and personality typologies
- 25 years experience as a coach, mentor, and talent developer
- 5 years as CEO of a leading behavior change company
- Design and oversight of three leadership development programs
- 10 years experience as a crisis intervention counselor
- A track record of life-changing client successes
My coaching process usually follows these steps:
- An introductory session to see whether we are a good match for each other
- Mutual setting of expectations and agreement of terms for the coaching relationship
- Initial assessment — identifying issues of concern and desired outcomes
- Creating a plan of prioritized objectives and how to achieve them
- Implementing the plan
- Using the tools and techniques needed to effect change
- Overcoming barriers to change and obstacles to progress
- Measurement of progress against benchmarks and targets
- Reinforcing motivation and commitment as needed
- Empowering you to become self-sufficient with methods and tools
- Reassessment of the plan as goals are reached, obstacles arise, or objectives change.