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Getting the most from executive coaching

Senior managers, partners and executives are in high-pressure positions: there is little time to reflect on their decisions and performance. They are also in isolated positions; there are few people inside the organisation that they can turn to for objective advice and support and that they can openly talk to. Jo Larbie explains how executive coaching can fill this void.

25 April 2002

In working with an external coach, senior managers are buying a space which is focused entirely on them, a space that is safe because the coach is detached from the politics and culture of the organisation, and a space that is developmental because the coach helps them to:

  • review their performance
  • learn form experience
  • plan effectively for and affect change.

What is executive coaching?

An executive coach is a professional advisor who works with a client – whether an individual or a team- on issues of leadership and performance. The client and the coach draw up a contract that describes the specific issues and challenges to be worked on and the expected outcomes and then meet regularly over an agreed period – often 3 to 12 months.

Executive coaching draws linkages from the client’s leadership challenges to his or her personal motivations. Concerns about work/life balance, dreams, fears and insecurities, the o...

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