Executive coaching helps managers improve their confidence and become more effective in their jobs. Our coaching offering is based on 30+ years of working with managers, assessing their potential, giving them developmental feedback and coaching them in a wide range of industries across all organizational levels.
In addition to continual coaching in the context of assessment for development, Mitch McCrimmon, Ph.D. was an associate coach from 2001 to 2006 with Ashridge Business School in the UK, an organization similar to the Center for Creative Leadership in the US and the Niagara Institute in Canada. They run 5-day leadership developmente programs and use coaches to help participants consolidate and apply their learning.
Our coaching style
Good coaches tailor their approach to the needs of each individual. Some want a sounding board, a good listener. Others want someone to draw solutions out of them with sensitive, open questions. Still others want practical tips on how to address issues that are bothering them at work, their careers, work-life balance or personal issues that are impacting their focus on the job. Effective coaches, ideally, have several years experience helping people sort through similar issues. It isn't the coaches job to tell people what to do. Rather it is about helping them think through issues for themselves. However, this does not preclude offering suggestions or tips as required.
Logistics and coaching topics
Our coaching service does not commit participants to a set period of time, such as a year. Usually at least 6 meetings are appropriate, spread over 6 months. Meetings can be more often for particularly pressing issues but it is important to allow time for the executive to think through how to apply new ideas and to see what works. Once a practical plan of action is decided, each subsequent meeting begins with a discussion of what the executive tried to do differently, what worked and what further fine-tuning might be useful. It is important to review successes, however small, to sustain momentum and confidence. Meetings shouldn't be less frequent than once a month, if possible. Otherwise momentum is harder to sustain.
While face to face coaching meetings are ideal, the phone or Skype is also used when meetings aren't practical.
Topics covered in coaching can include nearly anything to do with success at work, personal effectiveness and wellbeing, including for example: how to advance one's career, build key relationships, how to deal with difficult colleagues, practical skill development such as how to delegate more effectively or be more effective at influencing people.
Our Coaching Service
All of our coaching is conducted by Mitch McCrimmon, Ph.D. It is offered on a "pay as you go" basis, thus no need to sign up for a period of time that is more than you need. Our coaching is delivered face to face, over the phone or via Skype. Use our Contact page to find out more.
For more information on our approach to coaching and potential topics, see: Common Executive Development Themes.