Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching

Coaching is essentially unlocking another person’s potential to maximize their own performance in the pursuit of meaningful objectives. Rather than teaching by instruction, our process involves guiding experiences that allow a coachee to discover their own solutions to the challenges and opportunities before them.

The role of the coach is not to passively hand out advice, but instead to act as a catalyst for the coachee’s learning, growth and evolution. We take on each programme with the assumption that our clients have the technical expertise, requisite skills, processes and experience to address the functional tasks at hand.

However, executives needs courage to make and take time to pause from the day-to-day in order to explore challenges, make smart choices, assess risks and refresh their focus. Learned and habitual behaviours, limiting beliefs, and defaulting to easy answers and routines are some of the greatest obstacles to achieving new levels of accomplishment and fulfilment.

By providing encouragement, support tools and appropriate challenge, we enable coachees to identify current levels of performance and enact a plan for improvement. We create the space for setting priorities and practicing incremental behavioural shifts that bring about positive systemic changes.

Using a three-tier, strengths based approach to unlocking potential and maximizing performance, our coaches guide coachees using the evolutionary GROW model illustrated above.

When and how does it work?

Our approach achieves outstanding results when all parties involved remain open, honest, committed and fully present. We do not impose our answers, but rather offer observation, comment and guidance on what we notice. We operate under the optimistic belief that all of our coachees—as individuals and collectively—have the ability to create new solutions and become strong, authentic leaders.

When entering a professional coaching relationship, it is important to define the responsibilities of all parties involved in the context of a desired outcome. While we do not prepare formal written contracts with our coachees, we do explicitly seek client agreement to terms in the following areas:

  • Hopes, Intentions and Expectations
  • > Personal Objectives and Business Context
  • > Desired Outcomes, Goals and Definition of Success
  • Commitment* and Ownership for the Process, Agenda and Outcomes
  • Learning Journal, Feedback and Evaluation
  • Confidentiality

Once terms have been defined and agreed to by all parties involved, our coaching teams partner with the client teams in a thought-provoking and creative process designed to inspire and maximize personal and professional potential.

When coach and coachee bring all of their personal resources to the discussion, insights through learning sessions can be very powerful. In preparing for and coming into sessions, coaches will be asked to prepare by reflecting on and come ready to explore perspectives on the following sort of questions:

  • • What have you accomplished (since our last conversation)?
  • • What insights and discoveries have you had (since our last conversation)?
  • • What’s been better?
  • • What are you avoiding doing?
  • • What are you resisting?
  • • What are you struggling with?
  • • What Challenges you are now seeing and/or facing?
  • • What Opportunities are available to, and opening up for you?
  • • What would you like to focus on in our next conversation /session?
  • • What would be a great outcome for the next conversation /session?

*On commitment and magic
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

WH Murray, Scottish Himalayan Expedition