Thursday, 1 November 2012
"I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities." - Bob Nardelli, former CEO, Home Depot...
Understanding Executive Coaching
Executive coaching is primarily concerned with the development of the manager (coachee) in the context of organizational needs. The coaching objective is to maximize the manager’s effectiveness and his or her contribution to the organization. The coach develops an understanding of the broader business context in which the manager operates, with particular emphasis on key business initiatives directly relevant to the manager. The manager and coach then agree upon specific results that best reflect the organization’s business objectives. Successful executive coaching links a business focus with human processes by closely aligning the manager’s development with critical business needs.
Executive coaching involves three levels of learning:
· tactical problem solving;
· developing leadership capabilities and
· new ways of thinking and acting that generalize to other situations and roles.
Since executive coaching addresses specific performance or behavioral gaps, it gives high-performing busy managers an opportunity to reflect on feedback, focus on developing goals, and have someone to hold them accountable for executing their goals. The confidential coaching relationship also creates a safe space for managers to share their concerns.