What is it?
The Harvard Business Review (January 2009) defines executive coaching as;
"... a confidential, individually-tailored engagement designed to meet the needs both of the executive being coached and the organisation paying for the service. A coach meets behind closed doors with an executive, and together they create personalised goals and explore specific ways to achieve them"
We would wholeheartedly agree, but also go further. Sport provides a great parallel. No-one in sport hires a coach without an expectation that performance will improve. For us, performance improvement is critical. Measuring performance improvement is therefore paramount and this is why we utilise the Strength Management method. You can get more information on Strength Management by clicking on the sidebar to the left.
Coaching is used in a multiple of scenarios although the principal categories tend to be;
- Personal development
- Career development
- Managing change
- Team building
- Cultural shift
Some assignments embody all of these, but whatever the solution, it is vital that prospective clients have a clear idea of where they want to go; have an eye on the expected result as well as the expected improvement in performance.
'The greatest glory in living is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.'