Today, executive coaching is about developing the capabilities of high-potential leaders. It’s no longer remedial as it was 10 years ago, helping a senior manager to “fix” weaknesses. My experience and research has shown that many high-performing executives have a coach to provide them with an unbiased assessment of their observations and actions. Rarely does a top level executive have a “truth teller” in the organization.
Benefits of Executive Coaching
- Executives receive accurate and timely feedback on their leadership effectiveness. Coaches can interview people around the executive at work and get good feedback on how they are doing and what needs to change.
- Executives are guided through self-reflection and self-analysis. Some of our clients have told me that the best part of having an executive coach is having an uninterrupted period of time to think without distractions. They have someone who can ask good questions and help them think through problems and issues.
- Executives are able to hear from someone who works with other executives—this can increase knowledge of best practices and ways to get things done.
- Effective coaching facilitates insight into one’s self. Heightened self-awareness of one’s motives, values and personality traits lead to greater vision for the organization.
We have worked with executives and senior managers for the past 25 years (across industries) and have a good deal of insight into what creates high-performing leaders at the top.
For a no cost initial executive coaching session—which allows us to determine if coaching is a good fit—contact us to set up an appointment.
Group Coaching for Managers
We also offer group coaching sessions for managers wanting to improve their leadership skills. These sessions usually consist of 8-10 managers from the same or different companies meeting twice a month for an hour.
The focus in a group coaching conversation is to identify goals to work on, explore ways to meet these goals, and dialogue with others in a peer environment. Research shows that accountability with one’s peers often helps to expedite results. Group coaching enhances each person’s strengths and perspectives and explores what is possible rather than what doesn’t work.
Benefits of Group Coaching
- In group coaching, peer learning is a key benefit. The experience, best practices and lessons that are shared during a group coaching conversation become a powerful tool for cultural change in organizations. Relationships are also built across departments as managers get to know each other better.
- A collaborative group learning environment allows managers to learn from the insights and contributions of peers, as they do from their own reflections.
- Group coaching can also be positioned as a follow-on to existing training initiatives in an organization. Learning is often left in the room and does not translate back to the workplace. Group coaching conversations can sustain the focus on these new skills while group members are applying these skills, and learning and adjusting from them.
- Group members learn about their leadership skills and complete assessments to help them improve as a leader.
- Other group coaching benefits include the ability to provide coaching to more managers at a lower price point.
Please contact us for more information about setting up a cost-effective group coaching session in your organization.