There are a lot of different reason why people resort to executive coaching or coaching in general. Often it is because they feel “stuck” and they simply cannot think of what else it is that they can try and do to move their organization forward. They may find there really isn’t anyone else at their level that they feel they can have any confidential conversations with about how they feel so they look to coaching. They also will turn to executive coaching when they believe that the overall business is going to reap benefits from it.
Sometimes they feel they need to do something different in order to get things to change within the business but they just don’t know where to begin or how to do it and this could be another reason why they reach out to executive coaching as a resource to help them. They also may feel the need for self-improvement for themselves as well as others around them and executive coaching is something that might help with that as well. With self-improvement employees can learn a deeper understanding of the business around them. Executive coaching can help to develop leaders in “real time” within the company and current job while letting people maintain their everyday responsibilities at the same time.
Executive coaching is not like therapy that goes into great depth different issues that deal with the past, coaching or consulting will generally result in give a client their answers they need and then coaching them in an action oriented way and helps them to focus on the present and the future and leave the past behind. They offer one on one sessions to help the client to learn more about themselves through self-discovery and to eventually learn how to find their own answers.
So, why should a business seek executive coaching? One reason is because of just how demanding the business word can be today on organizations, executive managers and those they work around. Often executives don’t get the opportunity to try and devote their time and energy to their own personal development as business leaders and executive coaching is something that will allow them to do this. Often executives will struggle with fulfilling their own responsibilities because of the positions that they hold and being too busy or too stressed out to take a look at things and learn from their own experiences in order to implement changes that might best help with their management practices.
Executive coaching can help people correct and resolve any problems including problem behavior and poor performance problems that an executive might be experiencing. They can also help them to increase their skills and grow in areas they need to grow in in order for them to positively impact the entire business.
Executive coaching offers a variety of different options for businesses however, there are three main categories that are most commonly offered:
• Developmental Coaching (usually 8-15 hours) and lasts less than three months and it focuses on identifying and prioritizing any developmental needs there might be. This is usually done in conjunction with the executives supervisor or with someone from HR.
• Executive Coaching (usually 30-60 hours) lasts six months to a year and the main focus is to identify as well as prioritize any and all developmental issues as well as goals and put it together with an action plan. The coach gathers different information from a questionnaire, which is a 360 degree feedback process as well as gathering information from other diagnostic assessments. The coach will work with the executive and determine the plan they need, implement it and then have follow ups.
• Team Coaching (usually 30-60 hours) and is often an executive team that will have an off site conference where they will discuss the company’s strategic plan. They will go over their vision and usually this is where values will be established and they will come up with team goals for the company. Here is where there will be both team and individual commitments will be made in order to implement important changes for the organization.