CEOs, board members, managing partners, etc.
The high pace of running a substantial organisation often means
that time is a very scarce resource.
working in the business or on the business? Coaching
gives leaders time out to focus on both of these important
issues. Whilst leaders
are often deeply involved in significant projects and deals,
it is also essential that time is spent on talent management
in much the same way as a sports team manager or orchestra conductor.
In our view,
the role of a leader is to ensure that strategic goals are achieved,
whilst being able to make rapid changes in a fast-moving world. The focus must also be on talent, ensuring that
an alignment between organisational vision and individual requirements
creates the dynamic culture needed for sustainable success.
We supply coaches who have significant
previous experience of coaching at this level. Furthermore,
the coach will be highly qualified with coach-specific training
(not only consultancy training). In most cases, the coach will
also have previously held leadership roles in business themselves.
The first session allows the leader to decide if the coach is
a “good fit” and to co-design a coaching contract
to decide how the coaching will be used. The coaching is completely
confidential and confidentiality contracts can be signed by
the coach if required.
To a business leader, the role
of a coach is to provide a like-minded
who does not have their own agenda. Leaders
often require time to “think things out loud” and
a trained coach facilitates this process by asking the appropriate
questions to clarify the purpose and implementation of business
Executive coaching can be described as a personal facilitation
providing a framework to identify and focus on what is important
in a more strategic sense. Simply planning and rehearsing
for a large deal can make coaching “worth its weight
in gold.” Often
vision is clarified within the first few sessions, with further
coaching simply a way of ensuring implementation.
It is no
surprise that many leaders in Britain’s top companies
are using coaches; if top sports people hope to gain extra
prize and sponsorship money by winning, why not give access to
the same resources to top performers in business and other large