Executive coaching is a relationship and a practice to provide leaders the space to move from where they are to where they want to go.
The leader and coach partnership is a dynamic relationship that connects the leader to their vision and is a mirror for self-reflection. It optimally works with the self-aware executive who is ready to expand their leadership presence and move forward. Together we commit to specific outcomes, individual growth, and continuous learning.
Why Partner with an Executive Coach?
Reasons leaders seek out a partnership with an executive coach:
- A move to a new company and/or new role
- Promotion with expanded responsibilities
- Succession planning and development
- Identifying an edge that impacts leadership effectiveness
- Support for improvement and mastery of specific leadership skills
- Seeking a professional outsider to act as a sounding board, confidante, and accountability partner
How Does Coaching Work?
It’s all about connection—Coaching is as impactful and meaningful as the coach and leader relationship. They select each other—a deep level of trust and a shared impact characterize a successful coaching relationship.
The Connect Day
Coaching begins with a dynamic full day for the leader and coach to identify key leadership themes, develop their partnership, and design a Leadership Development Map. In the context of achieving enhanced business results, the Map addresses the whole leader, establishing professional, team, career, and personal goals, including next steps and accountability models.
Continuous Development and Partnership
Together, the leader and coach design the best way to regularly meet to support the leader and their goals. These meetings are a continuous journey of discovery and challenges, in service of the leader and their goals.
In validating the effectiveness of a leader’s performance, it is important to understand both the expectations of those in partnership with the leader as well as the perception of how the leader is performing against those expectations. 360 feedback is an interview process conducted between the coach and the leader’s manager, peers, direct reports, and key stakeholders. These interviews allow the coach to assess the impact of the leader’s performance as well as to highlight opportunities for development.
To make a commitment to a coaching relationship is an act of courage and an investment in your growth as a leader.
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How effective is coaching?
Sheldon Kimber | COO
Recurrent Energy 2011-2014
I had briefly met with other coaches, but I just couldn’t take the lack of structure and analysis in other coach’s methods. Debra’s experiences in her own career proved invaluable to me. Her ascent to a high level early in her career and her own struggles with being a whole and complete person while working as a business leader were familiar ground to me.
• I began to form a leadership brand of my own.
• I remained aggressive, but picked my moments and issues.
• I delegated and began to see my role as making others more successful.
• I sought credit for my employees and not for myself.
Debra didn’t just teach me what to say or what behaviors made sense in this regard. She provided a sounding board and criticality that eventually made me believe in these new traits and not simply give lip service to them.
The overall result was a change in my behavior as a leader, even in the most trying moments. I believe that this is the sign of good coaching, not simply teaching leaders, but helping them to redefine their own beliefs about good practice.