What is Executive Coaching?
Just like any other form of coaching, Executive Coaching is a two-way conversation, the goal of which is to unlock potential and create a new future. Coaching enables clients to generate a sense of clarity, perspective and purpose so that they can move on with a new sense of confidence.
Coaching focuses on where you are now and what you are willing to do to get to where you want to be in the future.
Executive Coaching generally focuses on outcomes connected with your business or professional life. Typically, executive coaching may touch on all or some of the following:
- Generating new ideas
- Decision making
- Clear communication
- Time management
- Learning from past mistakes
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Problem solving
- Setting well-formed objectives (self and others)
- Improving working relationships
- Managing (up or down)
- Balancing personal and professional life (work-life balance)
- Improving confidence
- Behavioural skills – eg. Presentation skills, managing meetings
The benefits to individuals include:
- Managing stress, change, conflict or crisis
- Enhancing personal impact and performance
- Enhanced confidence
- Development of key skills (communication etc)
- Career progression
The benefits to organisations include:
- Greater commitment from directors and senior managers
- Retention of key people who feel valued
- More creative outlook in business planning
- Improved management of other staff
The Role of the Coach
As coaches we are trained to listen, observe and question. We will support, challenge and empower you to stretch your limits, break through resistance, elicit solutions and enhance your skills, resources and creativity.
In short – our purpose is to enable you to be clear about what you want and to facilitate you in developing strategies for achieving your goal.
One of our favourite definitions of the role of the coach is from Thomas Leonard, one of the founders of the International Coaching Federation, who said coaches…
“Help people set better goals and then reach those goals. Ask their clients to do more than they would have done on their own. Help their client to focus better so as to produce results more quickly. Provide clients with the tools, support and structure to accomplish.”
Coaching and NLP
Coaching is a focused process with a positive, far-reaching impact that can last a lifetime. The coaching framework provides a structure for identifying what you want. When combined with NLP tools this makes the process even more powerful.
As NLP coaches, we have additional skills and tools available to us which we can use to help you to develop even greater resources, identify and overcome limitations and facilitate real, permanent change.
Having this multi-disciplinary skill set means that we are flexible in our approach. We can adapt the way we work to you and tailor what we do to match your needs rather than adopting a “one approach fits all” approach.
“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” – Abraham Maslow
We regard our clients as individuals, changing the tool we use to achieve the best result more quickly and in a way that will stick.
Contact us for a preliminary discussion or to book your first session.