I’m sure all of us who are sports fans are desperate for a live game. Our need is so severe that even football supporters will – in all likelihood – be watching the return of Super Rugby Aotearoa in New Zealand as it becomes the first major sports league in the world to return from the Covid-19 shutdown without crowd restrictions. We might however feel a pang of jealousy watching something that looks like it is out of our reach.
Often Executive Coaching is viewed in the same way – but it shouldn’t be.
Around 3 years ago Forbes Magazine highlighted the fact that executive coaching had “gone from rare to common” and that most people in corporate life view the work of executive coaches as positive.
Despite the fact that working with a coach is fairly mainstream, assumptions around the role of executive coaching still exist. There may be a lingering sense that this type of engagement only exists in the rarified atmosphere of boardrooms or at C-suit level.
The name itself has not always helped, with the suggestion that it is only those at the very top of large blue-chip companies who would benefit – while the reality could not be further from the truth especially for clients and SMEs who engage with us at BGCN.
We know that over 99% of businesses are Small or Medium Sized businesses – employing 0-249 people (House of Commons Briefing Paper)
Executive Coaching has been offered as part of a wider, systemic approach to business growth for over thirty years. At BGCN we want to highlight the who, how and the why of this targeted service.
The International Coach Federation defines Coaching as – partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.
Executive Coaching is a professional relationship between a credentialed coach and a client concentrating on the client’s leadership or management performance and development. This is suited to established or new-to-role clients who have managerial authority and responsibility within their own company or within an organisation.
The Executive Coach’s goal is to :
- help clients see themselves more clearly
- collaborate as a thought partner, an accountability measure and a vision builder
- support clients as they leverage their known strengths in unpredictable times
- help executives increase their leadership identity and influence
- examine how to build and sustain productive workplace relationships
- challenge their clients to experiment with new ways of thinking and being
- use proven coaching models to examine success criteria, work-place dilemmas and executive decision-making
- support senior leaders maintain a genuinely healthy and generative life outside of the office
- help clients leave a legacy both within and outside of their workplace
We know that Executive Coaching is not some kind of elite sport, rather it is a vital commitment to yourself and your whole team.
Executive coaching is highly valued by employees when they see the commitment of their executives to personal development in a manner that is both visible and accountable. ( ICF Global Study )
In particular, seeing increased “soft skills” – such as integrity, honesty, authenticity, emotional intelligence – is what employees mention as having the greatest influence on their own motivation. “Companies with engaged employees outperform those with disengaged employees by 202%.”(gallup.com)
If you are currently in or about to step up to a position of management please get in touch.
Our team is made of experienced and credentialed coaches. You can find out more on the website at https://www.bgcn.co.uk/executive-coaching/
Or contact Peter Basford https://www.bgcn.co.uk/coach/peter-basford/
Or Cathie Jeannot https://www.bgcn.co.uk/coach/cathie-jeannot/