Leaders at the top of their game.
Those with the right experience to move up in an organization may need help building upon or sharpening the skills necessary to make them an even more effective manager, and so we regularly work with managers to coach them to higher levels of success. Executive Coaching takes place on a one-on-one basis with an experienced coach who facilitates the behavioral change in the manager. Whether it’s to help develop emerging leaders or provide training for those needing to improve their performance, coaching is an effective, targeted development tool.
What is Executive Coaching?
Executive Coaching targets leadership development, focusing on ultimately improving business results. It is comprised of a series of structured one-on-one interactions with a leader and a coach over a 6-month to 24-month timeframe aimed at enhancing the leader’s performance through self-discovery and proven coaching techniques.
What is Accomplished through Coaching?
Coaching is about:
- Identifying strengths and development areas, helping leaders build upon their strengths and unlocking their leadership potential
- Helping leaders to set professional development goals and to determine action steps that will help them achieve personal and professional growth
Gallagher Titan has experienced coaches who serve as facilitators, encouragers, and sounding boards. Our coaches help create a pathway to change by helping leaders lead more effectively through self-discovery and the development of day-to-day strategies and action steps that can be implemented after each session.
Gallagher Titan Employs the Four A’s of Coaching
Executive coaching involves clients finding their own solutions by asking questions that give them insight into their situations. A coach holds a client accountable; so if a client agrees to a plan to achieve a goal, a coach will help motivate him/her to complete the plan.
What Does a Coaching Session Look Like?
Coaching sessions will vary greatly but generally are about one or two hours in length and may be in-person or over the phone. The session involves talking, listening, checking progress, obtaining feedback, planning next steps, completing exercises, setting goals, structuring activities, and sharing resources. Generally, the client will do most of the talking with the coach guiding the process and offering perspectives and strategies that the client is not capable of seeing due to his/her own bias. The coaching session wraps up with feedback on the content of session and finalizing commitments agreed to in the plan of action.
The client will then practice, reflect, try a new behavior, write in a journal, etc. in between sessions. The coach might send an article or drop an email with information about what the client is working to achieve. At the next session, the coach and client review the progress that occurred since the previous meeting and decide if there are new goals that need to be addressed. Generally, the coach-client relationship lasts 6-12 months and accomplishes 2-3 major goals for the client. It takes this long to ensure that the changes stick and that the client does not resort to old behaviors.
When Should You Use a Coach?
- Starting a new job at a new company
- Working on a high-risk, high-profile project
- Stepping into a new role through a promotion
- Working on growing specific skills
- After being identified as high-potential
- Struggling to balance all the priorities on your plate
- Declining performance in current role
One of the myths about coaching is that it is only for people who are underperformers. As you can see from the list, most of the time coaches are used for star performers who are trying to improve different skill sets. Progressive companies actually use coaching as a retention tool.