Senior Management Coaching
WayAhead coaching programmes are designed to give corporate and public sector leaders the extra edge they need to stay ahead in an increasingly complex business world. The greatest complexity however, is not in the intricacies of the industry or sector in which they work. The real challenge of leadership lies in an ability to motivate and inspire a team or an entire workforce to perform at their fullest potential.
WayAhead’s customised coaching programmes provide senior managers with tools and behavioural adjustments that reinforce the trust and confidence of their peers and motivate their teams to perform at their absolute best. Examples of topics covered within a typical confidential coaching session are; communication skills, active listening, assertiveness, coaching skills, dealing with conflicts, understanding self, understanding others, effective meetings, presentation skills, dealing with self-limiting beliefs, shifting self-defeating mindsets and making tough decisions.
WayAhead’s most popular programme with our corporate clients includes the following:
- A pre-contract interview with the coachee
- A pre-contract interview with the key stakeholders/sponsor
- 12 confidential coaching sessions over a period of nine months
- Email follow-up after each session confirming commitments made by the coachee
- A 360 assessment (either formal via an on-line instrument or by brief phone interviews)
- Optional Hogan Lead leadership assessment
- A Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment (MBTI)
- Unlimited on-demand coaching (ad-hoc telephone coaching sessions as situations arise)
- Optional shadow coaching
- Books that might be valuable and relevant to the coachee
- A written interim report at the three month stage
- Interim meeting with coachee and stakeholders at the three month stage
- Summary report and recommendations at the end of the programme
WayAhead coaching is deployed by organisations in a variety of situations such as;
Assists newly hired or newly promoted senior managers to launch into their role with guidance and support from the Coach, enabling them to become an effective contributor and leader in less than half the time they would if left to sink or swim.
Often managers are seen as highly valued, skilled and competent in their field of expertise but something in their behaviour prevents them from being considered for a top level position. Coaching uncovers the problem areas and prepares the coachee for higher levels of responsibility by adjusting unsuccessful behaviours and building on strengths.
Coaching Performance Issues
Sometimes successful managers are promoted to executive level appointments and then fail because they cannot let go of habits that worked in a previous role but are counter productive in the new one. Coaching discovers where things are going wrong and helps the executive craft an action plan to develop and practice behaviours that will be successful in the new role.
Peak Performance Coaching
Many CEOs and other senior executives are keen to continuously improve their leadership skills and abilities. Although they may have immense sector knowledge and experience, they seek a way to reflect on their current performance and find new ways of shifting to an even higher level of leadership performance. WayAhead’s assessment tools provide a useful benchmark for the executive, enabling him or her to see instantly where focus is needed. Follow on coaching closes the gaps they see in their current level of performance and behaviours.
Critical Transition Coaching
Upsizing, downsizing, merging, acquisition or being acquired are all periods of stressful transition and uncertainty. In these situations senior managers find working with a Coach as a confidante, sounding board and impartial advisor extremely valuable. Often the Coach is the only person with whom he can share thoughts and concerns with in the 100% confidential setting of a coaching session. Coaching support helps the executive make quicker and better decisions in times when speed and the ability to influence are paramount.
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Young Executive Fast Track Coaching
Sometimes young high achievers are promoted into senior leadership positions before they have had a chance to properly equip themselves with the necessary skills and behaviours to be effective at senior level. They are often left to sink or swim by their own initiative and wits. Those that struggle on and eventually swim can make many costly mistakes on the way. Those that sink often end up taking the whole company or department they lead down with them.
These young managers can fail disastrously due to a number of factors;
- Clinging on to the tasks of their old job
- Failing to understand their staff and what motivates them
- An inability to delegate properly
- Poor relationship and social skills
- Cross cultural insensitivity
- Lack of leadership confidence
- Lack of assertiveness
- Aggressive behaviour
- Problems in leading older people
- Feeling overwhelmed coupled with poor time management
- Incorrect prioritisation of leadership tasks
WayAhead’s fast track coaching programme makes sure that the new senior manager’s success is not left to fate alone. The programme starts with self-awareness based on direct feedback from the Coach along with an MBTI assessment. Over the subsequent three month period the young manager receives six face to face coaching sessions. The process provides the new leader with skills and behaviours that give him or her the confidence to lead and manage themselves, as well as their subordinates.
The head start that expert coaching provides is invaluable in helping to make this important first step into senior management an exciting and rewarding experience, instead of a stressful and daunting one for the individual and a costly one for the company.
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