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The Coaching for Leadership Development program is a structured, yet adaptive, pragmatic approach to leadership growth. The program is a one-on-one or small group format designed to help leaders develop the attitudes, skills and qualities necessary for personal and organizational achievement and success.

Our proven formula for success combines attitude development, appropriate skills training, and knowledge with a clear goal setting program that brings about positive behavioral changes, which in turn produce the desired improvement in results.

Outline:

Overview

What Is Executive Coaching?

The Coach

The Process

The Benefits

Overview:

Today the growing pressures of global competition fuel the demand for ever-more-effective business leaders.  It is their responsibility to set the tone and style for the organization--for effecting cultural shifts to meet changing values and expectations.  In order to do that, leaders must themselves change, and be prepared to continue to change.

No organization would develop a long-term strategic plan without taking stock of its current resources and historical data.  We believe that the same principle should hold true for an organization's senior executives and that is why we offer Executive Coaching.

There is a common assumption made that those who reach board level no longer need personal development; in fact this is seldom the case.  Unfortunately, personal growth opportunities for people at this level are rare and one major drawback of being in a senior position is isolation from meaningful feedback.

The coaching program that we offer is recognized as a valuable privilege and a powerful tool for star performers who wish to shine even brighter--akin to the world-class athlete who seeks coaching in order to excel and then to do better.

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What is Executive Coaching?
Coaching is a process through which executives improve their performance and personal effectiveness while reducing stress.  Our program offers the rare opportunity to stand back and to take a fresh look at the experiences and assumptions of a lifetime.

Facilitates the identification of inner resources

Targets growth areas

Promotes a healthy balance between career and personal life which sustains the vitality necessary for effective leadership

May reveal the need to learn specific behaviors aimed at enhancing short-term or long-term performance

May challenge underlying beliefs and values and invite more fundamental changes

The coach offers direction and assistance but the choice rests with the individual.  It is he or she that discovers the self-knowledge which forms the foundation for continued growth.

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The Coach
The coach has no internal links with the company and therefore can be freely confided in.  They can have the roles of supporter, co-creator, political confidant and scrutinizer.  Within each role, they will bring certain skills.  The advantages of using a coach include: independence, impartiality, objectivity, different viewpoint, and wide range of experience from different contexts.

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The Process
The coaching process can take a number of forms depending on who the individual is and who is asking for the coaching.

There will normally be a briefing meeting where the situation is discussed and a decision is made as to whether coaching is the best approach to achieve the objectives.

A meeting between the executive and the coach is held at which the two become acquainted and matters of confidentiality are decided.  From here, the style of the program will depend on what has been negotiated and the outcomes that have been agreed.

The coach questions the executive in depth and may give them questionnaires to complete.  They may watch the client at work and in certain circumstances will interview bosses, peers and subordinates.

Both executive and coach review and then identify key strengths and weaknesses as well as developmental needs and put together a plan.  They work together on the agreed objectives and this process generally ebbs once the executive is established in a steady attitude towards continuous improvement of leadership abilities and has developed an organizational support mechanism for ongoing growth.

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The Benefits
There are many benefits of coaching and these will depend on the precise form and style of the coaching relationship.

Coaching helps people have clarity and well-ordered priorities.  It can give them confidence in their position because they have learned to think matters through thoroughly.  It is not just a silly adage to say that a "problem shared is a problem halved", which has nothing to do with devolving responsibility, just gaining clarity.

The coaching process can be used to identify what skill-sets the executive needs to develop for the next stage in his or her career and what resources or actions are needed in order to achieve it.

The coach also brings experience of similar situations from other businesses.  While people like to think that their problems are unique, they rarely are, and bringing another industry perspective can be refreshing and enlightening.

Potential outcomes from a coaching relationship can include:

          Greater Clarity

        Greater Focus

        Improved Decision-Making Skills

        Enhanced Creativity

        Improved Balance in all Aspects of Life

        Greater Effectiveness and Better Performance

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