The Process of Executive Coaching

The Process of Executive Coaching

Assess

Self-awareness is a foundational building block of great leaders. To know oneself is to know one’s strengths and one’s vulnerabilities.  Sometimes vulnerabilities show themselves in poor work performance.  Sometimes work performance is good, but there are concerns about moving an employee up in the chain of command.  In both cases, executive coaching can move a person or a team toward their own personalized level of peak performance.  We will use assessment tools to allow you to develop your self-awareness, reflect on yourself, and assess the differences between the way we view ourselves and the way we are perceived in the world.

Articulate 

Most frequent coaching topics tend to fall into these categories:  self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, influence, leading with vision and purpose, leading during transition, communication skills, building effective teams, mentoring and developing internal talent and succession.   Do any of these sound familiar?  Your assessment helps us articulate actionable goals and strategies that will most efficiently develop your skills and talents.  Coaching is a partnership, but ultimately you choose the forest and the path.

Act

 Growing is all about action and changing behavior.  It is the coach’s job to assist you with your journey.   Think of your coach as your thinking partner, your accountability partner, and possibly your own private charm school instructor.  Your coach will ask the right questions that inspire, energize, and inform your behavior.  Your coach might share insights or ideas.  They might provide some education, but at the end of the day the goal is to help you implement the correct tools, strategies, and processes to enable the growth of you and your team.

Authentic Leadership  

Authentic leadership successfully establishes genuine and credible connections with customers and teams. Imagine the impact that sincere empathy and genuine interest in opposing viewpoints could have on achieving common ground and collaboration. Being an authentic leader begins with radical self-awareness. You need to know how you present to others, what your hot buttons are, your strengths, how you engage or don’t engage others.  The higher position one achieves in an organization, the more interpersonal skills become paramount. Together we can assess your level of interpersonal skills. We can make a plan to highlight your strengths and address your vulnerabilities.

I have observed that many business leaders ascend to a leadership role and then either fail out or become unhappy. Often people with great technical skills are promoted into a management role that may or may not be a great fit for them. Again, we can assess where you light up the world and set a plan for you to get to the sweet spot where your competency, your passion, and your personality overlap.

"Terri is a very experienced and professional coach. In working with her, I was able to uncover new ideas, unlock previously insurmountable decisions, and overcome some challenges that had been unaddressed. If you are looking for an executive coach that will make a difference, my suggestion is that you make contact with Terri." – Kevin Farrington, SVP Global Supply Chain & Operations