There are many definitions of coaching however the essence of coaching, in i-coach’s view, is that coaching is fundamentally a reflective learning conversation with a purpose. A conversation that will strengthen your awareness and ability to learn, perform and reach your potential.
Organisations have increasingly seen the benefits of coaching and have adopted the approach as a core technique for managers and leaders, and in addition some have invested to establish pools of accredited internal coaches to further support the development of a learning culture in their organisation. All forms of coaching, from an adhoc coaching style conversation by the water-cooler to a more formal coaching offer alongside a leadership development programme help to build individual and organisation effectiveness. Executive Coaching however has some specific nuances which offer particular benefits to clients.
True leaders a recognise that today’s capabilities may be inadequate for tomorrow’s challenges and that they need to have learning agility, so that they can evolve and grow as their organisation and the environment changes. However senior leaders rarely have time to step back and reflect, let alone work on their own development or resilience.
Executive Coaching provides a safe confidential space for leaders to pause, reflect and focus on what matters to them.
Executive Coaching provides a safe confidential space for leaders to pause, reflect and focus on what matters to them. It is not one-to-one training, consulting or therapy rather it is a space where they have breathing space to reflect, experiment and explore as they work to enhance their effectiveness and that of their team and the organisation. Coaching is a challenging process and there will be times when it is not comfortable however it is your space, a space to work out your way to lead and make choices, not to be directed, instructed or told how to be.
Clients use executive coaches for a range of areas – building confidence and personal impact, enhancing influencing skills, leading organisation change, empowering individuals and teams transitioning to a new role or career, conflict management to name a few. To read a few case studies from previous clients see here.
Shaped by the individual
Each Executive coaching programme at i-coach is tailored to address the individual’s specific needs and is co-created with the individual client. A typical Executive Coaching programme is 9 – 12 months and includes a combination of insight work (psychometrics, qualitative 360 review) and experimentation supported by on-going coaching conversations of 1.5 to 2 hours. The frequency and length of sessions are adjust to ensure the programme is ‘fit for purpose’ and there is not a one size fits all approach.
An Executive coaching programme is frequently funded by the organisation and as such a sponsor may also wish to be included in the programme. There may also be a need to combine individual work with group or team work.
For more information on how to select a coach that will be a ‘good fit’ for you please see here.
If you would like to have a no-commitment introductory conversation to explore how our coaches can support your needs or those of individuals in your organisation at this time email firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline rapidly assimilated complex situations, relationships and drivers. I found Caroline to be perceptive and direct whilst providing a sensitive response to difficult situations and topics. I found the coaching sessions both challenging and energising and I am more empowered as a result. I believe this significantly contributed to an improved position for my role within the executive teamSenior Executive, Airline
Caroline is excellent at asking questions and drawing out unexpected responses. She also takes a very detached view and helped me to understand the impact I was having, and to read better the signals that others were giving me. The material was all in my head and the data was available, but the act of talking it through with Caroline enabled me, with her coaxing, to join the dots.Rear Admiral, Royal Navy
Caroline was calm, friendly, open, and professional, a woman I felt I could trust. I needed someone who had an understanding of my type of work life and the issues that arise, and she was perfect in this role. Being coached by Caroline is a gentle and yet powerful experience. Sometimes it felt as though - without seeming to say much - she was holding up a very large mirror to me so I could work out for myself the right way forward.Director General, Ministry of Defence