A senior manager once told me, "I wish our company engaged more coaches. Maybe then we wouldn't make so many rash decisions."
One-on-one coaching offers people in leadership roles an opportunity to take a step back and look at their situation from different perspectives. This reflective space allows one to get some distance from the emotional pressures that are often present in the day-to-day realities of work.
Having space to examine your thinking through the presence of a trained facilitator can put you in a better position to make more effective decisions.
Below are some reasons why people have engaged me as an executive coach:
A session is usually an hour and twenty minutes once a week, although we can tailor accordingly. Sessions are held in person, over the phone or via Skype.
In a session, we take an “associative approach” to discussing the situation at hand. This helps us see the matter from different angles, as well as "loosens" the thinking that is currently in place. We look for tangible actions that can be performed over the upcoming week or two. Occasional half-day workshops have proven to be very beneficial as haven a second session a week, if we are in the crux of a challenge.
I've honed my coaching skills through INSEAD’s Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change (EMCCC), where I graduated with distinction (top 10%). EMCCC is an intensive two-year module based master programme. The programme applies a psychological perspective to leadership development, executive coaching and facilitating organisational change. For more on the EMCCC programme see About.
You can learn more about my thinking on leadership and strategy through several articles that been published in INSEAD Knowledge. I’ve also led workshops on leadership, coaching and facilitating organisational change.