Executive success and coaching

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  • 1. Coaching Ref: 0001Executive success and coachingBy Jon-MichailAs a senior executive, how do you continue to increase yourbusiness knowledge and skills base? How do you keep up with thelatest developments in your industry? You are doubtless aware ofhow vitally important the acquisition of knowledge is, but how doyou find the time to do it?In order to keep up with business and industry developments,coaching and training courses are essential, whether for seasonedpractitioners or up and coming new executives. Our fast-movingbusiness environment, courtesy of the internet and moderncommunication systems, means that most senior executives find itessential to continue taking part in training or study.Coaching is now an established executive training tool. Many executives find that at intermediate levels they are toldthey must seek further training in order to climb further up the executive ladder. But how can a senior executive findthe time to pursue this? They already have an overflowing diary and a day that sometimes seems endless. This lackof time is a huge hurdle to overcome, particularly when trying to bring an executive and a coach together.It is essential that executives do their homework before hiring a coach. Because coaching nearly always means thatpersonal details of lifestyles, values and ethics will arise in conversation, communication must be based onconfidentiality and trust. This is vital, as coaching sessions will never otherwise reach their full potential. It is also upto the client to ensure that their coach understands his or her role in the organisation and what their position entails.The level of communication must be respectful, easy and unforced while remaining highly confidential.On the other hand, the executive needs to be aware of the coach’s qualifications, real world experience andparticular field of expertise. Former clients should be contacted in order to verify these claims; LinkedIn is anexcellent avenue for client testimonials. Make the coach aware whether they were selected specifically by the client,or whether they were recommended by the client’s organisation.Once the coach has been selected, the first thing to do is to make a time to meet regularly. Coaches have to beflexible in allocating time and make allowances for the inevitable emergencies that will disrupt the client’s calendar.A realistic coaching organisation will understand that executives lack large blocks of time that can be allocated forcoaching and should be able to find different ways of getting coach and client together.In order to find that small opening in the executive’s busy day, the coach could go to the executive’s office (notgenerally recommended), or, if a more neutral environment is needed, they could meet in a quiet cafe or some otherlocation that suits both people.However you choose to arrange your coaching sessions, the object is to continue to develop and grow. If you are tobe of continuing value to your organisation and ensure you are marked for future advancement, on-going coaching,learning and career development is crucial.In fact, unless you are continually updating your knowledge and skills, it is unlikely that you will win senior positions inyour preferred area. With increased responsibilities comes the need to have access to the latest information, whether itbe changes in business practices and regulations, technology updates or new means of communication that affectbusiness. You simply have no choice if you wish to advance. Get professional coaching. For further information on this handout and the consulting and coaching programs available please contact: Image Group International Asia Pacific Head Office T: (+61 3) 9820 4449 E: info@imagegroup.com.au www.imagegroup.com.au ©2012