How Executive Coaching works
Lasting change requires more than good intentions. Below is our 5-step approach for achieving optimum results:
Step 1 | Selecting your coach
Establishing strong rapport and trust in a confidential and safe space form the bedrock for a successful coaching engagement. Each of our coaches brings a unique blend of previous professional experience, business acumen, executive coaching expertise and individual style and approach. We encourage you to meet our coaches for an introductory discussion to ensure the right coach-client fit.
Step 2 | Establishing a baseline
What challenges are present? What strengths can we draw upon? What underlying assumptions are getting in the way? Without insight into the areas that require attention it is difficult to build motivation and engagement, or even to know where to start.
This phase typically includes a combination of self-assessment and in-depth interviews to help illuminate what shifts will have the greatest impact. During our executive coaching we often choose to conduct interviews with key stakeholders rather than rely upon questionnaires because conversations allow us to delve deeper and get to the root of things quickly.
Step 3 | Defining success and making a plan
What are the desired results? How will we measure progress? What’s our plan to get there? Clear priorities, measurable goals and an achievable plan are essential for lasting change.
In this phase, we work collaboratively to define success. Together, we determine the highest value development areas, set goals and articulate a plan of action that is meaningful and achievable. The end result is a mutual understanding of what success looks and feels like with a clear path to get there.
Step 4 | Iterating to success
It’s one thing to talk about leadership strategies, it’s another to actually put them into action. What happens when you try new tools and approaches? What flies? What needs adjustment?
Nothing new runs perfectly out of the gate; iteration is necessary. People, teams and organisations alike must experiment with new tools and approaches, fine-tuning until desired results are achieved. In this phase, experimentation and reflection with the guidance and feedback of a coach points the way toward necessary adjustments.
Step 5 | Making It Stick
How will you get new ways of working and leading to stick? No break-through is complete until it becomes a repeatable part of how individuals, teams or organisations work.
In this phase of our process, we build upon new perspectives and behaviors. Integrating new behaviors requires mechanisms for rewarding and reinforcing them; we work with clients to create these. And, of course, we circle back to assessment to determine whether we’ve achieved success.