What is executive coaching?
Executive coaching is teaming up with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. An executive coach is solely focused on the client’s agenda and provides himself/herself as an objective, interactive partner to help the client identify opportunities and challenges. Once opportunities and challenges are identified, the executive coach works with the client to design and reach specific measurable goals.
My approach to coaching
My focus as an executive coach is to utilise my extensive corporate and business experience in combination with coaching skills to help executives and leaders achieve their personal and professional goals. I believe that the individual possesses the necessary skills, vision and insight to achieve whatever goal they set. As a coach, it is my job to be on the journey with the individual to achieve those goals through motivation, teamwork and allowing the person to be accountable. Imagine you being in the driver’s seat of a car and my in the passenger seat. You know where you want to go and together we can figure out how to get there.
In my practice as a lawyer, I have worked with clients at all stages and sizes of transactions in a variety of roles. I have also spent time in a number of different countries where I have observed and adapted to different work and living cultures. This broad range of experience allows me to help my clients achieve insight while empowering them to focus and achieve their goals. I aim to listen, to observe and to customise my approach to individual client needs and seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client. I believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful and my task is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.
I also view executive coaching as a form of strategic learning and my approach in this regard closely follows the Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program fundamentals. I invite clients to focus on the context, identify key success factors to recognise the content in order to enable them to take informed, strategic action to define their conduct. The process continually evolves during the coaching relationship as issues are resolved and the desired progress is achieved.
How I work with clients
We will hold an initial 30 minute information session where I can explain what you may expect from the coaching relationship and my specific approach to coaching. I would also like to understand your expectations from coaching at this point.
We can then begin coaching sessions each of which will last 50 minutes. It is my experience that clients need to process and “self-coach” in between sessions and therefore fort-nightly sessions around the client’s schedule would be recommended.
In order to engage with the coaching process and to put in practice the tools gained in coaching, I urge my clients to commit to a minimum of five sessions at the outset. The frequency of the sessions can be set out going forward after the initial period.
The sessions are exclusively on Zoom or Skype and I can be contacted between sessions as set out between the client and myself.
Designing our coaching relationship
One of the major objectives of the coaching relationship is to support my client in reaching his/her goals. We will spend time together talking about what you want to accomplish in our sessions. It is also important for you to keep your goals in mind – if you are not totally clear, that is fine – keeping some attention on your goals and needs between and in preparation for sessions helps them emerge and become clearer or lead you to other goals as well. It may be helpful to have an idea of what you would like to gain from the first session – or what might be the most effective use of time for you.