What got you here? Strong capabilities or expertise in your field, long hours, personal drive, your problem-solving, your network and alliances, great results, or maybe your management style? Executives realize that what worked for them early in their careers, often aren’t the things that will get them to senior roles, or help them be successful when they arrive.
I hear executives say things such as “I was promoted to Vice President because I was a great marketer. Now all I do is deal with people, issues and chaos.” “It’s just too big and complex, and so many other demands on me. I can’t manage the way I used to… the way that worked for me.”
Attending a seminar or training program is a practical step. There’s definitely a place for the right program or course to build knowledge expand perspective, provide tools, and get you to assemble an action plan… and I say this as an instructor and seminar leader at two universities. Unfortunately, when you return to work, you find that nothing’s changed except you. You’re sucked back into the vortex, your efforts to apply your action plan slip down the priority list, and soon the binder is collecting dust on a shelf.
Workplace application; of what you want to do and where you want to go is paramount, or further frustration sets in, and investment in knowledge shows little or no return. That’s where Coaching comes in. Whether it’s to help the executive better manage a more complex business, become a stronger leader, get promoted, develop and apply stronger people management capabilities, navigate some murky waters, strengthen their capacity to influence (rather than control) or better exert that influence; coaching helps them get there.