Executive coaching leads to greatly improved personal effectiveness and provides the tools for enjoying a better life that positively influences family, friends and the workplace. [Click on the Free Coaching Intro tab for a free book and to enquire about receiving coaching].

At the heart of executive coaching and maximizing performance is behavioral change that is goal directed and action oriented. A behavioral change may be as simple as arising 15 minutes earlier in the morning or choosing to engage each of your direct reports in regular one on one developmental discussion.

There are various coaching models employed. A starting point is typically an assessment of the current situation, and in the context of the workplace a 360 degree assessment may be used to collect data. This can help reveal blind spots to the person being coached and may help to identify self-sabotaging behavior that is impeding achievement.

 The assessment phase enables the person being coached to become more self aware of what is truly important to them as well as cause and effect mechanisms concerning their behavior, that help or hinder. As greater understanding emerges, the person being coached begins to question goals, motives and behaviors for the better.

 A synthesis phase then proceeds where the person being coached reflects further and determines what really important goals they are prepared to commit to. At this stage, even amongst the most successful people, it is not uncommon for various fears to surface about what is possible and their ability to make great things happen.

 Part of the job of the coach is to help the person being coached expand the range of exciting opportunities for the future on the one hand and to help eradicate impediments to goal achievement on the other. In particular, a coach typically helps the person being coached to work on self-limiting and disempowering beliefs, substituting these with self-empowering beliefs that serve their cause or goals. Behavioral change typically involves modifying current patterns of behavior such as reducing, increasing, stopping or starting behaviors that serve the achievement of important goals.

 It is the job of the coach to ask illuminating questions that lead to new insights and revelations for the person being coached. Coaching helps people to become more resourceful in finding solutions. The unreserved support of the coach helps the person being coached to garner the spirit, skills and motivation to change for the better. While the person who is being coached may feel some initial discomfort in moving ahead, this is more than amply compensated by the satisfaction of achieving meaningful goals.

 Executive coaching is useful for people who want professional support in reaching a higher level of competence and is especially suitable for people undergoing career transitions. A final word – coaching, or at least executive coaching, – is not about fixing people. It is about embracing new ideas, adopting the right mindset and inventing one’s greater destiny.

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