These are often the words most executives and leaders hear from someone above them, who by the way has probably been instructed to offer this solution by an HR leader along the way. There is nothing wrong with this, and yet there is. You see, rather than hiring a coach to assist the leader proactively in their role, most HR leaders within an organization reach out to this type of help when everyone is at their wits end. It’s a last ditch effort. Suddenly what took years for the leader to dig themselves into is expected to amazingly disappear in just a few coaching sessions. It can work in either situation, but the time horizon for seeing results is a bit more elongated and requires a lot more sweat equity on all the stakeholders.
There is value in providing a coach to help a leader onboard to a new position, expand their role to lead additional areas, as well as during periods of maladjustment.
What is Executive Coaching?
We like the way the Institute of Coaching (IOC) defines executive coaching in that “the practice of executive coaching is consistently evolving to incorporate new perspectives from disciplines, specialities, and backgrounds.” This is important because there is no one right way to approach coaching, because the approach needs to be as unique as the person and situation being explored. The IOC goes on to say that “the inter-disciplinary nature of coaching is becoming informed by areas such as neuroscience, positive psychology, medicine, wellness, education, the arts, sports, law, and anthropology.”
Again, this is great news because it provides great tools for coaches to be more agile when working with an individual.
If you would like to know more about the coaching model we utilize in our work, please contact us for a complimentary exploratory session to determine the right solution for your business.
** Please note that no HR leader was harmed in the writing of this message. Our HR partners are busy doing what they need to get accomplished with a plate that is beyond full in the shift and changes of their own profession. We are there to compliment their services within the organization. Remember, it takes a village and no person is an island unto themselves.