How We Will Work Together: Individuals
Executive coaching is a collaboration, a partnership, between you, the leader, executive, manager or business owner being coached, and me, the executive coach. Each coaching program is custom designed to meet your specific needs. Just as you are one-of-a-kind, so is the coaching program I design for you. There is no rigid formula or model that is followed, rather, we incorporate proven approaches, techniques and instruments and apply them to meet your specific needs and timetable.. Together we identify strengths and areas of opportunity or possible challenges. We explore your goals and aspirations, and identify ways to achieve them that are effective, efficient, and measurable. It’s a balance between what is best for you professionally and your life outside the workplace.
Whether you are an established leader looking to influence the bottom line, culture and trajectory of a complex organization, a new manager experiencing the challenges of working with a team, an individual looking to change jobs or searching, or a new entrepreneur, you can thrive and expand with coaching.
Coaching is one-on-one. Often, it takes place in my Manhattan office, though there are times when I travel to your place of employment or we engage in a phone session. All venues work equally well; it is really a matter of choice, convenience, and confidentiality. I am one of the few coaches that offer the choice of sessions in my office, your office, or on the telephone.
Individual coaching sessions are generally one hour in length and conversational in nature. Coaching is always confidential and focuses on your success, never my agenda.
All coaching engagements begin with a ramp-up packet. This is a series of questions that explore your work history, ask you some drill-down questions about what is important to you, your “dealmakers and deal breakers” list, as well as your needs and wants with regard to your career and current work. The goal is to get a detailed picture of you and your experiences, have you think about things you haven’t contemplated in a while, if ever, so we can hit the ground running when we start the coaching.
Everyone being coached is administered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step 11 instrument. This highly reliable and valid assessment tool is yet another measurement I use to help identify natural preferences and possible blind spots. It also gives us additional vocabulary and insights with which to work.
Many people have taken the MBTI either in the workplace or an academic setting, a vast majority never had it interpreted or explained in any way that is accurate or useful. In our coaching both and more will happen.
Most individuals make an initial 90-day commitment to coaching. Ninety days means three, one-hour sessions per month for a three month period. Many, if not most, clients choose to continue coaching after this initial period but there is no requirement to do so.
People looking for a session or two of coaching rarely get the satisfaction they need and deserve. For this reason I do not offer single sessions to new coaching clients.
Coaching is rewarding, productive, and enlightening. Executive coaching clients report achieving results far greater than their expectations and sometimes quite different from what they originally intended.
Executive coaching is an investment in the aspect of your life that probably provides you with most of your income while giving you satisfaction, camaraderie and intellectual stimulus. It supplements the supervision, mentoring, and training you receive at work. For most people, it gives them what they are not getting in the workplace — a time and place to focus on skill building, career advancement, and people management challenges.
I ask you… Why don’t you have a coach?
To hear about other coaching client’s experiences, go to my testimonials page.