Executive Coaching : Better to coach the CEO or the whole executive comittee
It's important to know how to surround yourself with professionals to achieve your goals with peace of mind. You're convinced of this. But you're wondering whether it's better to be coached as a company director... (coaching de dirigeant) Or whether it's better to undertake this process with your partners and the entire management team (coaching de comité de direction).
Which coaching to choose in which circumstances?
Generally speaking, the difference is in the personal objective, in relation to a common problem.
Even though you can make progress on a personal goal while working together on a common theme. And vice versa.
Here's a quick overview of the advantages of each option.
Support at Coaching
The best leaders are those with a relentless determination to learn and grow.
By developing your skills as a high-potential manager and entrepreneur, a coach specialist will help you to continually become a better version of yourself.
Coaching for managers can be useful at any point in their journey.
Whether you're just starting out in your new role, or you're looking to expand your horizons in the future, a coach professional can help you to optimize at every level. This may concern your ability to influence and the impact of your communication, for example.
What about entrepreneurs?
An increasing number of company founders and managers who are developing their business are accompanied by a business coach .
Indeed, a qualified interlocutor stimulates action and decision-making. As an ally, he or she deepens the thinking process and challenges the ideas by asking sharp questions. He understands your day-to-day problems and also knows how to listen carefully.
In addition, personalised support enables you to refine your time management and stress management. It also helps you to better manage your energy in order to achieve the right balance between professional and personal life. Or in the worst case, to avoid a burn-out.
By deepening your self-knowledge and your individual potential, you can fine-tune your know-how and your posture for even greater charisma.
What's more, a certified coach can help you improve your public speaking skills, and hone your emotional intelligence, intuition and assertiveness.
To sum up, in individual coaching, the company director works on several areas that concern him personally:
- On the one hand, his identity as a leader, which includes his style of leadership and his relationship with others.
- On the other hand, on its ideas, its decisions, its strategy.
- And finally on the development of full personal efficiency.
To the question "Do you want to grow up? "who would say no?
Coaching management committees
Supporting coaching a management team, be it the executive committee, the associates or even the board of directors, generally meets common objectives.
An experienced coach can facilitate in-depth reflection on the differences in each person's operating methods and style management . The aim is to reinforce positive synergies by optimizing the use of personal talents. This in turn boosts collective performance.
General management can also opt for support in clarifying the strategic vision. An external intervention is more likely to develop collective intelligence, which has the side benefit of strongly strengthening team cohesion.
Generally speaking, the Committee members who are being supported all report a deep satisfaction in taking time out of the office to reflect together on important issues.
To see that we are moving forward. To see that we are moving in the right direction. To see that we are moving together in the right direction.
This often creates a kind of emulation and allows situations to be unblocked that were previously stalled.
The climate of security and serenity created by facilitation makes it easier for participants to express their points of view. Debates are conducted with the confidence that every opinion is heard. What's more, an experienced coach imposes (with subtlety) the fact of not only arriving at solutions, but implementing them.
What circumstances justify a Coaching meeting?
Other themes may also justify a coaching group, whether at operational or strategic level.
For example, think together about a conflict management policy by analysing the profiles of abrasive employees.
This may involve developing solutions to reduce psychosocial risks, or better management of work sites in terms of costs, hours spent, etc.
Or to better define together the corporate culture, the DNA of the company, its values, its vision, its mission.
On the other hand, frustration with the disappointing results of a strategic planning process is often the trigger for an executive coaching .
Also a repeated failure to recruit to a key position requiring a review of operating procedures, specifications or the organisation chart.
Perhaps you need to stimulate collaboration between teams in a context of permanent transformation?
Or you are facing a sensitive change and decide to prepare a change management together to avoid any risk of blunder.
You want to strengthen the development of leadership of your department as a whole...
Or do you want to increase customer satisfaction and use the opportunity to develop joint thinking?
Do you realise that it would be possible to optimise cooperation between the various departments of the company?
Whatever the motivations, a management team that gives itself the means to step back regularly together will only benefit.
And not only for the members of the committee, but also for all employees.
Indeed, as mimicry is very important in the company, an improvement in leadership has a direct impact on employee performance, productivity and ROI.
What are the selection criteria for Coach de Dirigeants?
There are many good articles on "how to choose your Coach ".
In general, the basic methodology of good certified coaches includes the following points:
- Define a framework for coaching
- Respecting a code of ethics
- Develop a coaching process in relation to an action plan
- Plan regular feedback.
However, this is not enough.
Having the ability to coach a CEO or a Management Committee meets additional criteria.
The coach executive must be able to juggle, if need be, between adopting either a posture benevolent listening stance, or a rather challenging posture , on an equal footing with the person being supported.
It is essential that it can position itself at the right strategic height.
It must develop a detailed and accurate understanding of the issues of the leaders on the committee.
His sense of repartee and questioning must be able to express itself as much on operational problems as on strategic subjects.
In order to adopt the posture of a " business partner", he needs to be solidly experienced.
He must have years of experience not only at this level of coaching, but also as a company director himself.
A few years ago, this kind of profile was rather rare and difficult to find, especially locally.
However, with the coaching market developing rapidly, a huge number of coaches of all kinds have been emerging for some time now.
Amongst this multitude, we are now able to find more coaches who meet these criteria and are extremely competent.
In conclusion, support from a highly qualified coach executive can enable unexpected levels of performance to be achieved.
By developing a deep appreciation between each member, and even a complicity, the process can even be particularly stimulating and exciting.
For further information, please contact Fabienne Revillard
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