We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. 
-Anais Nin

Definition of Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is an ongoing professional and confidential relationship between the client and the coach.  It is a structured process that is goal directed.  As defined by the International Coach Federation, "professional coaching helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations.  Through the process of coaching, clients improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.  In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions.  This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action.  Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice." (The International Coach Federation Website, 2004).

What's Involved

In executive coaching, the process involves defining the specific goal to be achieved. Executive coaches focus on performance and the effectiveness in a present job, focusing on behaviors that have been limiting, focusing on personal and professional development for career advancement and often focus on the complex issues of being a leader.  An executive coach often plays the role of a think partner where a variety of issues are discussed.  It can be lonely at the top.  Often, the use of assessments will be provided to bring about greater awareness of personality types and emotional intelligence.  The initial meeting is often an extended meeting to fully define, explore, and clarify the emerging core coaching agenda. 

Why Do You Need A Coach?

A coach can:

  • Identify blind spots

  • Increase self-awareness

  • increase clarity

  • access for growth and identify where you can be more effective

  • Do a reality check

  • ASsist in transition where new skills may be needed

  • point out ways to learn and change

  • When not following through, your coach is an accountability partner

  • help you see your self as others see you

  • discover and point out what is derailing the team

  • be a thinking partner

  • offer guidance and feedback on how to change a pervasive pattern of behavior