Why now is a good time for executive coaching
Career coaching helps people to decide what they want out of life and their career. It is particularly useful at times of change – And change is now more than ever on on the agenda.
Changes in attitudes to the work-life balance; perhaps a realisation that that long commute to the office every day really isn’t necessary after all. Changes in the traditional acceptance of a 9 to 5 / five day working week. Changes in the view that doing a job effectively is as much about personal fulfilment as it is about technical know-how and experience.
Greater career ownership and individual fulfilment are likely to be turbo charged priories for the most in-demand colleagues, with significant implications for talent management and succession planning strategies as the crisis subsides.
There comes a point in any career when it pays to take stock and think about the future. We have found that if people go into an executive coaching engagement with an open mind and a positive attitude, they can reasonably expect the following benefits:
See yourself more clearly
When you engage with a good coach, he or she will generally gather input about how others see you at the beginning of the engagement, and share it with you. Throughout the coaching engagement, your coach will also share his or her perceptions of you, based on observation of you and your interactions with others. Most important, he or she will help you build skills to see yourself more clearly: to question your assumptions about yourself, get curious about where you’re strong and where you need to grow, and learn to see yourself with objectivity.
See others more clearly
Over the years, we’ve often seen leaders run into problems because of their inaccurate assessments of those around them. They may lose good employees because they don’t recognize and support their capabilities or keep poor performers too long because they think they’re better than they are. They may stumble politically because they over- or underestimate someone’s ability to have an impact on their career success. A good and insightful coach will often have more neutral and accurate perceptions of those around you than you will, and will share those perceptions with you. He or she will also help you apply the same mental skills you learned for seeing yourself more clearly so that you can become more accurate in your assessment of others.
Leverage your existing strengths
Having an effective and supportive coach can also help you see and leverage strengths that you already have but that you may be underestimating. They will help you see the uniqueness and value of your capabilities and learn how to lean into it in order to use them more effectively for the benefit of your team and organisation.
Build more productive relationships
Leaders can dramatically limit their effectiveness by only being willing or able to build strong relationships with certain kinds of people. And all too often, that means people like themselves — in background, race, gender, beliefs, or work style. A good coach can help you recognise that tendency in yourself and work against it, both by helping you see and question the limiting assumptions you make about people who aren’t like you, and by offering you tools to support you in understanding and creating strong and vital working relationships with a wider variety of people.
Achieve what you want
This is the bottom line for an effective coaching engagement. A good coach can help you get clearer about your goals and dreams, and about what you’re capable of doing in order to achieve them. He or she can also be a powerfully useful support system on your journey: someone who knows you very well and wants the best for you — but is a neutral third party. Unlike your family or your employees, your coach isn’t dependent on you for his or her success. He or she can be honest with you about how you’re doing, reminding you of what you’ve said you want to achieve and letting you know what you’re doing that’s supporting your intentions— or getting in your way. Finally, and most importantly, your coach can teach you new ways of thinking and operating, new skills that will allow you to better reach your goals and create the career you want.
At New Horizons, our team of highly effective executive coaches work with you to support your high performers and top talent to develop and change thinking and behaviours that may be holding them back or preventing the development of a high performance culture. Coaching someone to think through the situation, what outcome they want, the choices and the consequences means the ownership and responsibility lies with them to achieve results – and it can be a real light bulb moment for many people.We are happy to have an initial discussion at any time so please do get in touch on 0044 (0)207 831 9843 or send us a message now.