Why You Need Executive Coaching: Explanation & 5 Self-Discoveries

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You’re a VP, a CEO, or a high-level Executive within your company or have a hand in managing multiple teams within a department. You’ve been working for the majority of your life and nothing seems to surprise you any more about business. In fact, you can predict what can happen and are able to adjust yourself and most of the time your team accordingly to fit the needs of clients, deadlines, contracts, billing cycles, fiscal targets and more. You’re successful, but somehow you know that there could be more to what is currently going on in your company. Perhaps there is a shift in team dynamic; a new client is adding additional stress, work or is demanding to require additional, lower management; leadership is changing or perhaps company initiatives are reinforcing an overhaul of structure or communication lines. Whatever the issue, something is leaving you unsatisfied and you don’t know why.

The Rut vs. Recognition
This sentimentality, even if it is unfamiliar to you, is the “rut” of the unknown: a feeling of something missing, something awry or unforgiving between work, life, and between yourself as an individual and the team at large. Recognizing a halt in fluidity of team dynamic or a lack in feeling of accomplishment can help open the door to coaching. With coaching, an outside perspective provides directed insight, teaching and assistance in filling the gap towards individual and team success.

Instead of reacting from a place of judgment and disappointment of performance, enlisting a coach can help provide you the ability to have conversations you are unable to have and receive insight needed to breakthrough the “rut”. With a coach, you can learn what it really takes to effectively collaborate and to hold others accountable for doing the same with their teams. This builds trust, respect and confidence within yourself, your team and the organization.

How it Works
Based on your schedule, sessions usually take place for one hour every week or every other week. Tools for success are covered over time within engaging conversations relevant to the outcomes identified for the coaching in combination with your current day-to-day challenges.  With “homework” provided between sessions for practice, these practices of strategic, cross-person success become embodied over time within you, team, organization and ultimately company culture.

Continued sessions with your coach follow the plan for providing you all of the tools for enabling success, below are the most valued tools of self-evaluation and discovery of executive coaching that can help drive company-wide results:

    1. Recognizing “Blind Spots” and how your leadership style impacts and limits the organization
    2. Address how your leadership style thwarts performance and what to do about it
    3. Uncover the belief structures you operate out of that drive particular unwanted behaviors and impacts
    4. Engage in and discover a breakthrough approach, starting with your accountability and working in partnership
    5. Learn to appreciate and leverage your strengths to increase and accelerate performance

The goal is to provide you, the executive or aspiring executive, to discover and begin to take accountability for where you are in your own way (how you show up) and how you can leverage the best parts of you to effectively hold others accountable for success. This process, of better influencing team and company dynamic, starts with you!