WAYS TO BENEFIT FROM EXECUTIVE COACHING
Executive coaching isn’t a new buzz word. In fact, it’s been around for quite awhile; however, it seems to be getting more attention lately. Why is that? Well, quite frankly, it’s morphed into something much more impactful than its earlier iterations. Executive Coaching today, as it was 20 years ago, isn’t about outsourcing a problem child in the workplace, who without intervention would be fired. Today’s coaches act as true business partners to executives and high potential players.
So how can you take advantage of and benefit from Executive Coaching? Read on.
Coaching can accelerate the development of high performing mid-level managers. In the course of an organization’s life there is a natural ebb and flow of old and new talent in and out of the organization and its leadership ranks. To ensure the continued success of the organization, succession coaching ensures that sufficient attention is given to future leadership development.
LEADERSHIP TEAM DEVELOPMENT
Combine individual and team coaching for the senior leadership team. This combined approach allows senior executives to identify their own growth goals, but also to implement a process which supports their responsibility for developing their subordinate managers.
Don’t be so quick to terminate a high potential employee who isn’t quite hitting the mark. Often times, it isn’t always about a gap between the actual and desired performance of a borderline manager, but rather finding a way to connect with the individual so that the gap no longer exists.
Some high performers are stellar business minded individuals, but lack on approach and style. Pre-empt the loss of high performers who are abusive to peers or subordinates and provide these individuals with the tools they need to become a leader and a team player.
Offer personalized coaching for highly talented individuals with underdeveloped social skills. It is noticed more often than it is discussed, but the lack of business or social etiquette can derail a career as quickly as a harsh or lackluster personality. Body language is a critical factor in message delivery.
Not everyone knows how to be a good and effective manager. Offer coaching for newly promoted senior managers. Executive coaching can help the manager build a strong foundation to support his or her goals, identify the critical success factors involved in achieving and sustaining those goals, and serve as a sounding board for decision making early on in the new job.
Facilitate individual and team efforts to make the transition to new cultural expectations. Transitions are opportunities for great strides forward but also pose significant dangers. Transitions can include a new management team taking over an organization or division, or an existing management team dramatically refocusing and restructuring its operation.
Sometimes kids don’t like to play nice in the sandbox Sadly, this also happens in the workplace. Help key performers who are clashing with each other develop mutual understanding and trust. It makes sense that intelligent people will disagree from time to time about how certain missions will be accomplished. However, when the conflict threatens the collaborative efforts of a team, the situation must be addressed before ongoing resentments destroy the team. Executive coaching can be structured to ameliorate the differences that create conflict between people who need to work together and strengthen the team for continued success.
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