“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams
Executive Coaching is a confidential process of intrapersonal awareness and expanding or developing leadership skills. It’s tailored to your achieving your goals and maximizing your effectiveness so that you lead with purpose and impact through clarity, presence, and connection. Executive Coaching is about how you see, make connections and act to resolve or solve the right problems. You, your employees and your company benefit.
Initially, we identify issues central to your coaching and leadership goals: you talk, I listen, ask questions and identify relevant data for additional insights. We agree on a coaching action plan. It includes priorities, work milestones, measures (what you commit to create in your leadership), your role, my role, schedule and ways of evaluating outcomes. The timetable is generally 9 to 12 months. Meeting schedule is a mixture of in-person (if in Boston area or otherwise feasible), Skype/Zoom or phone sessions. Emails and followup on relevant resources of value are part of the process.
Your leadership development impacts company success! It’s a priority that makes other challenges easier. Shifting the paradigm from founder to CEO involves building off strengths while accelerating developing additional needed skills. The coaching provides a supportive, pragmatic environment to give a vision life, shift paradigms and acquire tools to walk the talk and take on challenges.
Executive Presence is fueled by your degree of self-awareness at a given time and your nonverbal communication in the way you show up and influence. It’s evident when you operate out of who you are, (values, purpose, strengths etc.) and communicate to connect authentically. You’re aware of what is going on within and around you and sensitive to your impact. Presence inspires trust and engagement — the opposite of reactive behavior.
Executive Coaching enables leaders to close gaps and accelerate leadership effectiveness: whether taking on a new role, tackling new or ongoing challenges in a current role or trying to foster a shared vision of purpose and values linked to business strategy. Some examples include:
Gael developed a very effective research-based professional development program using creative real-life scenarios to help business coaches better understand when to recognize potential ethical conflicts. Her program energized and enlightened both new and “seasoned” coaches. The event was recognized as the highlight of the year.