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Many businesses continue to do well. Despite the current economic down turn, people continue to find themselves considering the move up and into new positions of management and leadership, roles that require strategy, tactics and influence. If you find that you've been given responsibility, but you're now questioning and wondering how to get others to step up and complete certain work-related tasks that you need accomplished, consider hiring a personal Leadership Coach for yourself.
These days, many of us hit the gym for regular workouts, run, bike, play golf and tennis. Bolster your strengths by gaining clarity on precisely what they are. Refine your leadership style by focusing in on your leadership sweet spot - where all your strengths converge.
Many of us take at least one business-related course each year, read a book, work with mentors, coaches, and listen to podcasts, etc. Most of these are now expectations and no-longer give us an edge, but only help us stay on par with our colleagues. So, to sharpen our edge or to ensure that we stand out as the right kind of leaders, where do we go? What do we do? Practice being disciplined is an obvious choice. Another potential leverage point, is to hire and work with an Executive Coach.
As such, together, we will focus on you and the strengths that you bring as a new leader. If you are unclear as to what they are, our assessments will highlight these for you. We will also focus on your potential vulnerabilities, so that you can minimize their occurrances and their real impact on others. Striking the right balance of your strengths and vulnerabilities is critical. We'll utilize strenghts-focused assessments to get a measure of your skills, intelligences, and competitive advantages. Finally, we'll draft up your personal "Leadership Campaign Strategy," together. Consider.
“Great talks are always characterized by new, creative and inspirational ideas.” —Richard W. Anton
You may be in a senior position within your company, however, positions often ask us to "skill up" and require us to take on new perspectives and approaches. There is a saying that "what got you here won't get you there" - Marshall Goldsmith. Meaning, that you are going to need new skills if you want to continue to succeed. Being in a formal position of leadership, does not necessarily equate with knowledge or finesse, when it comes to leadership. To be taken as credible by those we need to influence, we need to carefully attend to relationships, our communications, as well as bottom line results.
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch
The slightest refinement can make the most significant difference in the way you lead. Do you feel the need to be right all the time, even though your most valued relationship is strained? Do you have a drinking problem? Or do you have a thinking problem? Don't wait until your situation is dramatically obvious. Be proactive and engage in "life long learning."
Being your best means, continuously improving your game. You may respect those you work with, but are you also respecting yourself? "If you're going to play with the best, you've got to tweek your engine." PGA golf professional
Consult your Psychologist or a professional coach and get everything where it needs to be. This means tuning up YOU - your engine - as it were. This can be easier said than done, but engaging in a creative process, where you are helped to remember and learn from the past, then to re-focus upon your strengths, just might prove invaluable.
Bi-monthly meetings can focus on your communication, your network and on freeing up energy that is currently being held back by underlying emotionally-laden issues. Developing your own personal Leadership Strategy and utilizing strengths-focused assessments can focus your attention and energy in order to maximize your efforts and to be more competitive. Together we can improve the probability that you will think, feel and behave like the leader that you really are. When the best returns aren't just measured in dollars, get in touch with your inner "leader legend."
If business manaagement is to be a profession, then it must be characterized by the hallmark of any profession: dedication to the public good. The central theme of any true profession is ministry to the people (Vannevar Bush).......The successful executive is a builder of people who are bigger than they know and served better than they dreamed. Harry Levinson
Are you driven to improve? Being competitive means being your best and making smart decisions, not merely exerting force. A display of arrogance, for example, is not clear communication. We work with professionals who really care about the people in their lives, "who want to be more successful, but not only as measured by the dollars in their bank accounts. Think beyond your wallet to the influence you can wield for positive change, the impact you can have in arenas that matter to you, and the legacy you can leave behind after you move on." Denise Brosseau
"Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another"- John C Maxwell
Whether Executive Coaching starts with a potential derailment situation, as part of a corporate-wide change management initiative, or sheer individual ambition, over the course of the next 12 months, we will cover a specifically customized, yet critical range of situations with one common goal: your competitive development, both personal and professional. Executive Coaching will provide you with, in addition to a competitive edge, a regular, focused, time for reflection, without interruptions.
"We bet on people with energy and brains and integrity.......The unusual person will jump out at you and it isn't because they have 200 IQs or anything like that, it's really because of how they behave and what they bring. The energy they bring; the commitment they bring; the quality of how they do things; how they treat the people around them and all kinds of things.......If you get the best out of people around you, that is a rare talent that doesn't correlate with IQ. It correlates with an attitude towards the world and towards other people.......You don't have to show up other people. You don't have be smarter than they are. You want to bring out the best in them, and it will pay huge dividends". Warren Buffett
The bottom line
Executive Coaching is about increasing your effectiveness,
both at home and at work, to bring out the best in everyone
Learning and self-development are not one-shot deals, but should extend over a lifetime. You are more likely to maintain your effectiveness and achieve your goals if you have a system for aligning your experiences, and reviewing your strengths, in regular, supportive, yet challenging disucssions. Articulate new developmental goals and revise your action plan. Together we'll clarify barriers and supports around the changes you want to make, and revise your action plan as necessary. Following these steps will greatly increase the liklihood of continued success.
As a manager, you can have significant influence in your immediate environment simply by making the quality of connections a priority, using various strategies to set an example for others and to coach those you manage. J.E. Dutton
Effective leaders know that it takes committed effort, practice, and energy to perfect their leadership skills, therefore they consistently re-assess and look to advance their knowledge and skills. General Colin Powell was asked about this himself, and he said that one of the tenets of a good leader is to never stop learning. He went on to say that among the leadership lessons he had learned, "the impact of making time for practicing good leadership was the most important. If you want to be great at anything, whether it’s playing bridge, playing the piano, playing sports, or being a leader, sustained effort, deliberate practice, and good coaching are required". General Colin Powell
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