Sounding board

“Its lonely at the top! I need someone that I can trust and with whom I can talk openly.”

C-Level leaders often can’t openly discuss their ideas, thoughts and concerns with their management team. They fear that they will mislead or discourage their management team or appear weak to them. Coaches provide an independent, “agenda-free” viewpoint to help leaders explore their ideas, thoughts and concerns. Through the coach’s active listening and though provoking questions, the leader can explore ideas, consider options without feeling pressure to commit to the outcome. Coaches are often considered as sounding boards and thinking partners. The relationship between the coach and the executive builds on the leader’s strength and enables them to clarify their vision and move more rapidly into sustainable action.

Executing on the Strategic mission

“I know we need to develop and execute on a Strategic Plan but I never have time to think about it or get the plan into action.”

Coaches often help executive leaders to develop extraordinary and far-reaching strategy plans. Once the plan is in place, the coach can help the executive communicate the strategy and translate the strategic plan into clear and measureable objectives. Sometimes the behaviors or beliefs of the executive leader are perceived as inconsistent with the plan. Coaches can help the executive understand what holds them back from bringing their vision to life and working with them to identify and eliminate barriers to action. Coaches can work with the leader to maintain the focus on the strategic plan and ensure that their leadership team is fully aligned and moving forward. Coaches can help leaders to interpret feedback and re-calibrate the plan as required. 

Talent Management

I can’t find the talent to execute my vision. My management team is the B-Team. How do I get an A-Team?

A Coach can “hold up the mirror” for you to help you to assess the talent of your team to determine with you if you have the right players to execute your vision.  By working with you to create a common vision and actionable goals, you can clarify the specific leadership development requirements of both individual team members and the team as a whole.  Working together with you as the leader and with your team, a coach can enable you to create a stronger team poised to achieve your collective vision.

Culture

“My company culture is too complacent. We are either fighting the daily fires or waiting for the next fire to start. People are more concerned with who to blame when something goes wrong and staying out of the line of fire. How can I change that?”

The foundation of a good corporate culture is trust and acceptance. However, once the blame game has started, it’s difficult to turn it around. Through coaching the leadership team, the leaders become more willing to risk “loosing face”, more willing to trust other team members and more understanding and accepting when problems occur. By changing the focus from ‘blame’ to a curious lens, the leader can discover through exploration how this happened and what is the most expedient way to rectify the situation.  Becoming curious and taking a coach approach gives opportunity to look openly at the issues through a wider lens and promote the team to work more effectively together.  An Executive Coach can help shift the culture at an organization, through one on one coaching with a team leader and by building a plan to coach an entire team “in the moment” as they work on real business issues.