(In other words, could you benefit from Executive Coaching?)
Would it benefit you, in your leadership responsibilities, to
- have an unbiased confidante who understands the business situation you face,
- talk with an experienced executive who’s been successful in growing several businesses—who will support you, maintaining complete confidentiality about anything you discuss,
- and who has the experience to offer you ideas to help you improve?
If so, you may be in the market for an Executive Coach – someone who doesn’t have a dog in the race you’re running, and will focus completely on YOU.
Executive Coaching is a catch-all term for a variety of activities that support executives, one-to-one, in achieving goals they have for themselves. It is also, sometimes, recommended for executives who experience challenges in one or more areas of their work lives. But even if you come to Coaching because it was recommended to you, it will be important that you choose to pursue it, or not, and, if you do, that you think hard about the Goals you will have for it.
Here are some Goals for Executive Coaching that have been chosen by my clients recently:
- To build teamwork among the people who report to me.
- To achieve a better work/life balance.
- To improve my confidence – particularly in public speaking and presentations.
- To feel less nervous when there’s bad news to deliver.
- To move toward more of a big-picture focus, and to make time for thinking about and planning for profit improvement.
- To define my purpose – both at work, and outside it, “rather than just letting things happen to me.”
- To reevaluate my approach to work, to be more strategic, and to be better at delegating.
- To be better at identifying what’s most important, and to let go of things that aren’t.
- To make progress in dealing effectively with colleagues who aren’t efficient/organized.
- To be better at coaching my staff and direct reports.
- To learn how to be a role model for others.
- To establish professional relationships with key corporate staff.
- To serve as a positive change leader/communicator for my organization.
- To implement performance excellence principles.
- To accurately assess my skills and strengths for this job, and to create a personal development plan that focuses on my strengths.
- To get assistance in identifying and developing a plan for the long-term health of the company.
- To get support in envisioning where the organization should go.
- To get assistance in becoming more effective in dealing with verbal and written communications challenges.
- To get help in balancing the upside and downside risk of change, by predicting and managing personal leadership challenges.
- To get support in avoiding reverting to easy, old behaviors!
Do one or several of those resonate with you? If so, why not make a plan to DO something about it? A commitment to speak with an Executive Coach once a week, or twice a month, assures that, this time, you won’t just give lip service to your Goals. A good Coach is invested in your achieving the Goals you have for yourself, and will hold your feet to the fire so you don’t forget to pursue the goal, week after week, even if you only spend 1% of your working hours on it!
How might all this work for YOU, given the specifics of your job and your life? That’s a subject for a conversation. Reach me at 505.828.1788, or send me a note here.
What would it mean for you to challenge yourself to make 2016 your best year ever?