Executive Coaching is a partnership or collaborative process with the distinct goal of helping you improve in areas that you believe are the most important. You will likely benefit most from your coaching experience if you are fully engaged with an open mind willing to learn and grow.
It is important to have a clear focus on what the desired or successful outcome will be. Typically, working on one or two main goals helps keeps the meeting focused. An experienced coach will ask powerful questions to help you explore areas pertinent to you working towards achieving your goals aligned with your values and purpose.
You will probably be asked by your coach to consider working on an assignment between meetings. Sometimes the coach will recommend a relevant book, article or perhaps a task that will deepen your learning. You will get great benefit by thinking of ideas for your own homework and sharing your thoughts with your coach. You and your coach will establish rules for accountability to maximize your success.
A number of my coaching clients have found taking notes during our executive coaching meetings incredibly helpful. We all lead busy lives and tend to forget what we have learned when we get back to that pervasive “To Do List".
Getting the Most Out of Your Executive Coaching Meeting
1. Establish an agenda. Talk about what matters most. Be selfish about your coaching time. Talk about what really matters to you.
2. Focus on on your emotions, not just on what you produce. Do not avoid talking about feelings, no matter what your opinions of them are. Emotions drive behaviors. To change your behaviors, change how you feel. Self-awareness is the first and most important step toward change.
3. Get more space, not more time, into your life. Coaching needs room in order to work. If you are too busy, you will use executive coaching to push yourself harder, instead of using executive coaching to become more effective. Simplification gets you space.
4. Become incredibly selfish. Coaching will help you to identify and reduce things that drain you such as recurring problems, difficult relationships and pressured environments.
5. Be open to see things differently. You will get more out of executive coaching if you are willing to examine your assumptions, ways of thinking, expectations, beliefs, and reactions.
6. Sensitize yourself to see and experience things earlier. Coaching conversations will lead you to increased awareness. The more you sensitize yourself to your emotions and thoughts, the faster you can respond to events and opportunities.
7. Strengthen your business and personal environments. Design a healthy environment in which to live and work. If your surroundings are unpleasant, unhealthy, or disorganized, they can affect your success. Clean up, organize, beautify.
8. Be clear about your goals before ending the executive coaching meeting. Coaching is just conversation unless it leads to action. Make sure you know what your goals are, both immediate, near future and long term.
9. Improve your ability to give feedback. Successful leaders know how to give feedback to their key people. They do it frequently and with authenticity. Give your executive coach feedback. Say what is working and what could be changed.
10. Be willing to evolve yourself, not just increase your performance. Coaching is a developmental process and an evolutionary one. You will learn how to accomplish more with less effort. But you will also learn to think differently, change outdated beliefs and assumptions and expand your view of yourself and your place in the world. Work with your executive coach to become better in your work and in your life.
Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist, executive coach and trusted advisor to senior leadership teams.
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