Executive Leadership Coaching

Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness

No matter where you are in your leadership development, developing a “coaching” relationship with your team is one of the most meaningful things you can do.   Leaders who coach understand that they have the biggest impact, not by doing the most, but by inspiring and motivating others.

Studies have shown that failure to have a coaching approach is one of the biggest reasons why performance development fails. And a study conducted by Bersin concluded that leaders who coach frequently improve business results by as much as 21 percent. 

Coaching is impactful because it connects each individual’s professional development goals with the goals of the organization. Coaching at its best is skill that great leaders use daily, both informally and formally.  Some approaches to develop a “coaching” approach in your daily leadership:

Values, Choice & Decision-Making

Values define what is most important to us.  They are the basis by which we make decisions, and are the motivations behind our work and our passions.  Yet, often our values are so deeply ingrained in our way of being that we lose sight of what they are and the extent to which they shape our actions. Values discovery is a powerful way to get reconnected with your values, and who you truly are.  When you are clear on your values, decisions become easier, because your choices will align with your values. 

What Distinguishes High-Performing Leaders from Average Ones?

What Distinguishes High-Performing Leaders from Average Ones?

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review presented research that shows the leadership performance is based less on leadership competencies, and more on discrete, daily routines that are utilized to drive personal and organizational effectiveness.  My work in working with senior leaders supports that.  Here's why:

Has your job lost its excitement?

Has your job lost its excitement?

All jobs have boring days. Sometimes the day-to-day work environment feels more like you are running a hamster wheel than moving forward in a career path. If that is the case, what can you do about it?

Leadership Bookshelf - What We're Reading

"One Second Ahead– Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness" by Rasmus Hougaard. Based on 10 years of working with mindfulness within Accenture, Nike, Google and 200+ other large organizations across the globe, this book offers you a proven formula for enhancing performance and wellbeing at work.

 

Watch out! Don't get thrown out of the cave!

This week we have a very special guest blog from our colleague Andrea Edwards of SwiftRiver Associates. Enjoy! 

“Why do you keep drawing attention to yourself?  Don’t you realize that everyone is saying bad things about you behind your back?  They don’t like you!  They think what you have to say and what you do is stupid! You should just stop trying to be so important…you’re really NOT.”

Can you imagine someone close to you, someone you know and trust, saying these awful things to you?  Most of us cannot.  It would be unthinkable for us to take this kind of meanness from a stranger or an enemy, never mind from someone who is supposed to love us.

Yet….this is EXACTLY the kind of thing we say to ourselves -- EVERY DAY. 

The Necessity of Self-Management

"You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first." - Peter F. Drucker

Many clients come to us for coaching around managing their team more effectively.  What we often realize through the initial stages of the engagement is that the client cannot manage him/herself effectively.  Managing one's calendar typically is considered more important managing one's mind -- and time management approaches still abound in corporate trainings.  This approach is flawed - here's why: