How does coaching work?
An executive coach meets you where you are and works with you to define to your vision and goals. A coach serves as a sounding board within a safe space to help you leverage your strengths to overcome difficult situations and achieve measurable success. By viewing obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow, a coach can inspire and challenge you to go beyond what you might do alone. Coaching sessions usually are 60 minutes in duration with a cadence of bi-weekly or monthly.
A coaching journey usually begins with an assessment, such as an emotional intelligence assessment (EQ-i 2.0 or EQ360), which helps identify strengths and gaps and aids in goal setting. The agenda for each meeting is set by the client, while keeping the long-term plan of achieving goals top of mind.
Key Components of Executive Coaching
The agenda of an executive coaching engagement is driven by the client. Sample components of an executive coaching journey could include:
- Emotional and Cultural Intelligence (EQ-i): Coaches create a safe space where people can see themselves more clearly and reflect openly and honestly. An ability to view the landscape with different lenses can foster inclusion, communication, and relationships. An emotional intelligence assessment (EQ-i 2.0) can provide a clear starting point for a leadership coaching journey.
- Decision Making, Accountability and Prioritization: Coaches help identify and bridge the gap between what a person needs and where they are now. Coaches help map the structure, accountability and support necessary to reach goals and ensure sustained commitment.
- Bias and Diversity in the workplace: Most of us want to believe that bias does not cloud our perspective. However, often we are not cognizant of our biases. Recognizing bias and the importance of diversity are important aspects of leadership development.
- Imposter Syndrome: All of us have moments of self-doubt and events that shake our confidence. Coaches help to identify triggers of self-doubt, often referred to as “Imposter Syndrome,” and methods to build confidence.
- Stress Management: Stress at the right level motivates. Too much stress debilitates. Identifying triggers and methods to manage stress enhances a leader’s ability to thrive in the face of adversity.
- Energy: Coaches assist with fostering positive energy across the important aspects of a person’s life, including their career, family, fitness, and mental well-being.
- Work-life Balance: People perform best in their career if they are thriving in all aspects of their lives. Coaches assist with finding career success without sacrificing well being.
- Sounding Board: Being an effective leader in all areas of your life requires a strong sense of self and confidence. A coach can provide a safe environment for thinking through issues and challenges in a manner that builds confidence and conviction.
How do I get started with executive coaching?
To explore executive coaching, contact us to discuss your goals and if appropriate, the challenges you are facing. We would then discuss potential coaches for you to work with and arrange a complementary discovery meeting.
Team Coaching Workshops
- Is your mission and strategy being supported and implemented by high-performing teams and emotionally effective leaders?
- Have you mapped your business plan, challenges and opportunities in a manner that moves your teams forward to achieve cross-functional goals and KPIs?
Sea Change Growth offers team coaching workshops designed to create high-performing teams and solve business issues. By identifying and working through common team dysfunctions that limit goal achievement, team effectiveness dramatically improves. Team coaching begins with an overview of emotional intelligence principles, high-performing team fundamentals and ground-rules. Once established, the team works through business issues and challenges with the support of an experienced business and executive team coach. Team coaching focuses on improving team dynamics, goal setting and attainment, as well as how each team fits into the larger context of organizational effectiveness. Team coaching can be used on its own or to supplement The Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Series. Team coaching can also be integrated with individual executive coaching to maximize its impact.