Executive coaching is a highly individualised process for helping you develop and perform well. Sometimes the focus is on coping with staff, new demands or rapid change. Managers and leaders tend to seek coaching to enhance their interpersonal style and impact, and wanting three things: 1. honest reliable feedback, 2. to develop core management skills development, and 3. to identifying good action ideas.
Many organisations arrange executive coaching to help their managers and executives meet the multitude of challenges they face. Research shows ROI to be high in terms of increased management performance, increased team performance, and increased job satisfaction.
You really can learn how to unlock your potential to maximise your own performance, and enhance your leadership behaviours.
What we find repeatedly is the collective sigh of relief that those at the top are not alone in their challenges and dreams, their desire to do the right thing, and sometimes secret inner fears and doubts and responses that halt them in their way. They don’t always know the answers, and can simply be honest with themselves and others, others who are in the same position about their struggles and ambitions.
The focus of coaching, changes as you move through management levels, and tends to focus on one of these four areas:
1. Skills training – for a new role, or specific task or project eg conflict management, team development
2. Performance enhancement –
3. Development exploration and lifestyle balance – for future career, career transitions or lifestyle
4. Coaching for complex agendas – having a trusted confidante to focus on larger issues, including better: business results; strategic visioning, personal and relationship success
Specific areas that you can address in coaching typically include:
• Visioning tools for clarity, direction, perspective and focus
• Thinking Tools
• Confidence Tools
• Communication tools
• Conflict management strategies
• Peak performance enhancement
• Decision making tools
• Presentation skills
• Stress management
During the coaching you will:
1. Define extraordinary results – what you want to achieve
2. Identify strengths
3. Practice “systematic abandonment” of things that aren’t working
4. Do some things differently
You will learn to:
• Improve your performance.
• Increase self-awareness including strengths and blind spots
• Enhance communication abilities
• Develop leadership skills
• Maintain a clear vision and direction by step-back and get a bigger picture.
• Implement excellent people management skills
• Foster teamwork
• Enhance a cohesive team with ‘willing followers’ working collectively towards success
• Managing today’s work efficiently, whilst planning and working on tomorrows work
• Move away from any silo management behaviour
• Influence organisational success in your current role
Coaching format and process
Coaching can take place in person, by skype or phone; it includes discussion, setting goals, developing skills and strategies, completing relevant worksheets and development tasks, evaluating and refining. In short, you will:
• Clarify your agenda, and define extraordinary results
• Identifying strengths
• Practice “systematic abandonment” of, and closing the door on things that aren’t working
• Do some things differently
Length of commitment, and Frequency of coaching meetings
This varies according to what you require ranging from:
• 2-3 coaching meetings to develop a small skill or make a specific decision
• 10 coaching meetings over 3-6 months to develop in particular areas
• Weekly coaching meetings for a year to develop leadership potential across the board – with access to a wise trusted confidante who knows you well, will support you, keep your secrets, challenge you to grow, and keep you focussed on success in areas that matter to you.
Coaching Vs Therapy
Coaching is not therapy. Although they share similarities in tools and methods there are distinct and important differences. Therapy is more suitable for long standing, closely held or deep seated areas of concern that impede healthy functioning and require a rehabilitating process. Coaching is a guided process in which individuals are assisted to maximise their skills and explore new areas of potential within themselves.
How can an executive coach know how to help you?
An executive coach has often not faced the same challenges or reached toward the exact same mountain top as you. Rather, the coach has been on a different mountain and watched many other people face many different obstacles to climb many different mountains. From this perspective the coach has seen many different ways to navigate obstacles and many possible paths to climb to the top of the mountain. In this way your coach can be a wise guide on the side, rather than a sage on a stage.
Executive Coach – Liana Taylor
Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach, and Mindfulness Teacher
Director of the Mindfulness Centre
Founder of the Australian Institute of Applied Mindfulness
Liana has over 20 years experience in the private sector balancing clinical work, executive coaching, and relationship therapy with management and leadership. She was a university lecturer and now teaches and speaks across Australia. She is the leading provider of Applied Mindfulness training to leaders, managers and health professionals across Australia. An innovator in the field of Mindful Leadership, Liana’s passion for social change toward the cultivation of wisdom has inspired her development of mindful leadership programs. The keynote speeches she gave on cultivating wisdom in leadership at the first International Mindfulness conference in Rome and at South Australia’s first Mindfulness Symposium reflect her passion for leadership development.
Coaching Fees & Packages
• By the hour. $385 (incl. GST)- casual single or short series of coaching meetings
• One to one coaching, plus one mindfulness training program package. $2,200 (incl. GST)
Four individual coaching meetings of one hour each plus attendance at:
Mindful Leadership 3 day course
• 3-6 month package. $2,700 (incl. GST)- Eight one hour coaching meetings spread over 3-6 months