AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
The following are the areas that an Executive Coach concentrates on to move an executive to where the he wants (or the company wants him) to be. Each area is critical to the success of an executive and a company - whether the executive’s/company’s goals are to develop leadership competencies, overcome problematic behavior, learn to think strategically, build confidence, attain work/life balance, build more effective teams, improve team morale and productivity, concentrate on the systemization of the team, navigate the corporate landscape, or grow her career to higher levels of success.
There are three key areas where executives scream “HELP ME!!!” on a regular basis:
· Human Resources
· Lack of Free Time
These three areas are all specifically addressed by an Executive Coach. The Executive Coach helps executives develop systems in each of these areas to ensure that they have: ever-increasing leadership skills, a motivated and well-trained staff, and more free time to spend with family and/or on hobbies - by building and leading a team that operates effectively.
Strong and effective leadership is crucial for the health of any business or team. Put simply, leadership is incorporating practices that motivate others to believe in your vision and do the things you need them to do to achieve the team’s and organization’s goals. It includes elements of strong values, strategic thinking and planning, communication and interpersonal skills, motivation, goals, self-management, organizational capabilities, team building and team work, and an action orientation. The Executive Coach has dozens of leadership strategies available to ensure that an executive becomes a powerful and effective leader.
Strategic planning is critical to business success. If your team does not know where they are headed, they have no compass to guide their direction. Successful executives build and implement values-, vision-, and mission-based strategic plans for their teams, with clear objectives, and milestones for reaching team and organizational goals. Having this roadmap for success allows the executive and all team members to be motivated to work in cooperation toward achieving results. An Executive Coach has strategic planning strategies and tools to assist the executive in developing a plan he and his team can implement to achieve the vision.
SELF-MANAGEMENT & INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Self-management and interpersonal skills are essential for executive success, motivating and managing oneself and one’s team, and navigating communications and corporate politics at all organizational levels. Communication skills are also important for motivating and developing team members to make the most of their strengths and potential. Self-awareness, self-control, and resilience are at the heart of managing oneself, which leaders must do to effectively lead others. Effective leaders exercise power, influence, and authority without overwhelming coworkers and successful leaders listen attentively, send clear signals, and convey openness, friendliness, and cooperation. They are approachable, in spite of the authority that goes with a management position. An Executive Coach has multitudes of assessments, tools, exercises and strategies to help the executive develop the self-management, time management, and interpersonal skills needed for success!
TEAM-BUILDING & TEAM WORK
Handling problems well and finding effective solutions for them demand a multifaceted array of talents and skills, including political finesse, and an understanding of the motivations and feelings of others. Whether leading a project team or sharing leadership with others on an executive team, today’s managers and executives must possess the skills needed to forge united, smoothly functioning, goal-oriented teams made up of people with disparate skills, motivations, and personalities. An Executive Coach has the skills and tools to assist executives in developing creative problem solving abilities, as well as an understanding of others and the capacity for collaboration along with the ability to work with and through others.
An Executive Coach has programs designed to ensure that the executive has the proper mix of employees to successfully complete the required departmental tasks. The greatest asset any business has is employees!!! While executives hear this often, they also may be shaking their head, because they do not currently have a dynamic, engaged staff. Essentially, it is imperative that the staff be well-trained on how they should do their jobs - because it is the staff that does the majority of the work and frees the executive up to concentrate on running the division, rather that working in it.
An important requirement for effective leadership is skill in handling the roles, rules, and structures of organizational life: using power and authority appropriately, holding others (and oneself) accountable, working with a framework of policies and established procedures, making tough decisions, and the like. Executives must be able to follow chains of command, organizational processes, and unwritten norms. They must articulate and support these structures while at the same time supporting individual initiative and the need for flexibility. Executives must also make decisions expediently and take appropriate action, while taking into account a large number of potentially contradictory factors. Additionally, unless an executive develops systems that run the organization, they will be constantly tied to their work and will be less effective. The Executive Coach has strategies for managing the organizational maze, decision making, and systemizing their teams.
Together, the executive and the Executive Coach will develop an Executive Strategy that encompasses these key areas of executive success, employing a long-term, values-based blueprint that will lead to greater success and will be the springboard for sustainable results.