3 Times When an Executive Coach Is Most Effective: Executive coaching is a high-potency partnership with the ability to take your business to new heights. Many HR departments choose to hire an executive coach to help train a new exec, work on dynamics with a specific group, or help an individual on the cusp of a promotion prove to themselves and others that they have what it takes.
But executive coaching isn’t always the answer. Employees must be receptive and open to making improvements for the good of the company in order to reap the benefits of partnering with an executive coach.
If you think executive coaching may be the push that an executive at your company needs, read Arden Coaching’s article below about three times when an executive coach is most effective.
1. Coaching an Individual Who Needs Help with a Specific Skill
Your department has a pulse on employee happenings, job satisfaction, and engagement, so naturally it’s where requests and observations culminate.
When the feedback from multiple employees and higher-ups about a particular individual has a general theme, the executive coaching door swings open. Often, this is a talented executive and one whom your company considers an expert in his or her field. But when it comes to (fill in the blank) communication, holding productive meetings, or handling changing circumstances, this individual holds back rather than pushes ahead.
Coaching with an ontological approach is extremely effective for helping an executive break through their existing habits and build new skills. An executive coach can work with the individual to get to the bottom of their current behaviors and sort through what they need to do to reform their way of thinking and excel where they once stood still.
Because of the complexity of team dynamics, at times certain personality and work-style matchups don’t pan out as they should. Even executives can become discouraged by the prospect of trying to rein in a diverse group of individuals who each have their own approach to teamwork.
Enrolling the team’s leader in executive coaching can make a world of difference. The coach can help the executive craft a plan to set expectations at each meeting, help the exec realize the importance in holding each individual team member accountable, and plot a short- and a long-term timeline for success in the project’s initiatives.
3. Resolving Colleague Conflicts
If trouble always seems to boil in a set of colleagues or someone has broken trust with their team and needs to reestablish it, executive coaching could be what workers need to clear the air and start fresh.
Coaches are trained to provide an outsider’s perspective, which is why they’re invaluable assets when it comes to solving conflict. A coach can help executives clearly see another’s point of view and motivations. This helps all team members involved accept the actions of others, put the past behind them, and work toward the company’s future.
Learn more about the transformative potential of an engagement with an Arden coach by downloading our free eBook How Does an Executive Coaching Engagement Work?
Or if you know of an executive who fits into one of the categories above and would benefit from the help of an executive coaching partnership, contact Arden Coaching for a consultation today.