April 24, 2014

Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching for Advancement, Succession and Onboarding

Executive Coaching and Leadership DevelopmentThe essence of exceptional leadership is to elicit excellence. Every executive and every leader has an obligation to inspire others, help them grow, bring out their best thinking, and bring forth their best effort.  As leaders, we help others reach their full potential by achieving our own full potential.

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned executive or someone newly promoted to an executive position, Executive Coaching is a powerful resource for leadership development. Executive Coaching is not about “fixing” executives.  It is about accelerating the success of individuals who are committed to maximizing their effectiveness as an executive and a leader.

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Our Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program focuses on Emotional Intelligence competencies and strategic thinking.  Customized to each client, our executive coaching will improve leadership effectiveness and executive presence.  It often includes an initial emotional intelligence assessment, ongoing one-on-one coaching, and an assessment at the conclusion of the engagement. Additionally, coaching may include on-site “executive shadowing” if the situation warrants. It offers valuable outside perspective and can help an executive move past blind spots holding them back from success.  Collaboratively, we’ll assess areas of strength and opportunities for growth, create a plan for improvement, and assess results – both subjectively and objectively.

CEO Coaching

CEO Coaching

CEO CoachingWhether your goal is to grow from $5 million to $50 million, or from $50 million to $500 million, success can be elusive.  The decisions are tough, often needing to be made with insufficient information.  Execution is a challenge, compounded by resistance to change and varying degrees of engagement.  And if that weren’t enough, we all have blind spots.  It doesn’t matter how bright we are, how educated we are, or how experienced we are.  We all have them.  And these blind spots can cause us to misdiagnose problems, overlook solutions, and miss opportunities.

CEO Coaching discussions can help an executive better understand people and their behaviors, and these insights can help you become more inspiring,  have greater influence within your organization, and be better able to manage conflict.

As an unbiased sounding board, CEO Coaching offers fresh perspective to allow you make those difficult decisions with more confidence and certainty.  By developing the best strategies possible, growth and profitability will be accelerated, execution of strategy enhanced, and relations improved with the executive team and Board of Directors.

» The Strategic Benefits of CEO Coaching:

  • SOUNDING BOARD – Often, the evolution of a company is conceived during open discussions of ideas, but most executives don’t have the right “sounding board”.  It requires an environment within which an executive’s inklings, ideas, and concerns are brought to light, challenged, and expanded.

  • FRESH PERSPECTIVE – Outside perspective is essential as a catalyst for creative, game-changing strategic thought.  Additionally, outside input is necessary in order to uncover blind spots and move past them.  Every executive needs an objective, supportive confidant with whom to complain, vent, confide in, and talk things out.

  • OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT – Everyone an executive works with (including a spouse) has a need to either maintain the status quo or make changes that benefit them or their turf.  This self-interest is normal, but may lead to a lack of objectivity.  An executive needs an objective, expert assessment.

  • STRATEGIC THINKING – The best strategies will leverage strengths, minimize risk, and balance long-term with short-term needs and goals.  Executives must carefully think through possibilities, assess and manage risk, and then select the strategic plans with the best potential.

  • HIGH PRODUCTIVITY – Given the demands placed on us, it is critical to improve productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.  Maintaining a high degree of mental acuity, an even-keeled emotional state, reasonable physical reserves, and the capacity to communicate in an effective manner is essential.

Leadership Assessment

Emotional Intelligence Assessment

Emotional Intelligence

The Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI) is a multi-rater tool designed to assess emotional intelligence in leaders. The ESCI is based on the work of Dr. Daniel Goleman and Dr. Richard Boyatzis. The result is an assessment and development tool of unmatched precision and authenticity.

The ESCI provides clients with precise and focused feedback on their strengths and limits. Based on the feedback from a variety of rater groups (i.e. self, manager, direct reports, peers, others), the ESCI indicates the specific emotional competencies which are strong and those where development is needed to enhance the individual’s leadership effectiveness.

The ESCI 360° assesses an executive in the following competencies:


  • Emotional Self-Awareness – This competency includes the ability to read your own emotions, to appreciate their impact on your actions, reactions, and decisions, to know your own strengths and weaknesses, and have a reasonable sense of self-worth and abilities


  • Emotional Self-Control – The ability to control emotions that are inappropriate
  • Adaptability – The ability to be flexible in changing situations
  • Achievement – The drive to meet inner standards of excellence
  • Optimism – The ability to see the positive in events

Social Awareness

  • Empathy – The ability to sense others’ emotions and to understand their perspective
  • Organizational Awareness – The ability to sense the politics and networks of the organization

Relationship Management

  • Coach and Mentor – The ability to develop others
  • Inspirational Leadership – Having a compelling vision to lead with
  • Influence – The ability to persuade
  • Conflict Management – The ability to resolve disagreements
  • Teamwork and Collaboration – The ability to build and guide teams