Sometimes circumstances call for an individual approach to developing leaders. The goal of executive coaching is to provide the individual the support and tools to achieve peak performance as a leader or manager.
First, we gather input from written assessments, interviews, and the executive’s objectives. Then, we develop a tailored plan with the client. It’s designed to close the gap between ideal performance and current performance. Next, we guide the executive in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills.
Steps in the Executive Coaching Process
• First, an initial meeting and setting of objectives for coaching.
• Establishment of ground rules for successful executive coaching (accountability, commitment, homework, etc.).
• Agreement on an ideal performance profile (gained from interviews and assessments).
• Then, executive assessment (such as a 360° written assessment, perhaps with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). In addition, we may also rely on interviews, performance evaluations, and other performance data to measure strengths and areas of need.
• Feedback review and contrast with ideal performance criteria (the gap).
• Executive coaching meetings, which may be either in-person or via web conference with webcams.
• Development of a coaching plan. This includes the following:
- Re-established objectives and priorities
- Logistical arrangements for coaching
- Specific guidance and homework on immediately increasing and leveraging strengths
- An agenda for building new skills to close the gap
• Coaching sessions, which can be done in person, by phone, and/or via web conference.
• Next, construction of an Individual Development Plan. It reflects how needs will be addressed, and how strengths will continue to be capitalized upon.
• Execution of the IDP, often with the help of a follow-up and coaching system such as ProStar Coach.
• Plan adjustments as needed based on new performance data and organizational changes.
• Finally, re-assessment to measure and celebrate progress and return on investment in the coaching process.
Other Typical Parameters
Time Frame: On average three to six months in duration.
Minimum/Maximum Number of Executives: Individual and intact team coaching are both available.
Required Material: The coach develops and provides all tailored tools as needed.
Contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation about your particular needs.