What is executive coaching?
Executive coaching is a one-on-one development process between a professionally trained executive coach and a business professional that strives to increase and sustain the coachee’s leadership performance.
Though personal in nature, executive coaching is a business process where successful business outcomes are always in view.
At Phillip Weiss Executive Solutions, we emphasize the most sensible and effective ways to lead one’s self in the work place and navigate workplace relationships.
What types of executives does Phillip Weiss Executive Solutions typically work with?
Phillip is highly adept at working with executives at all levels, from CEOs to high-potential mid-level leaders.
What typical goals are clients working toward?
While client goals can vary significantly, some common scenarios are:
- Executive-level leaders seeking to raise the bar on their overall effectiveness
- Mid-level leaders wanting to build and strengthen their leadership “muscles”
- Leaders who have been recently hired or promoted to a new role (onboarding)
- Leaders who have known previous success but are struggling in their current roles
How is executive coaching assessed?
The success of the engagement is determined by the achievement of mutually agreed upon goals and stakeholder feedback.
What does the typical executive coaching process look like at Phillip Weiss Executive Solutions?
- Six to twelve month engagements, which are often extended
- Meetings approximately every 3 weeks, 1.5 hours each; meetings are typically more concentrated in the beginning
- In-person meetings preferable but not essential
- Initial launch meeting with HR, as appropriate, to identify objectives and set expectations
- Initial meeting with the coachee to set expectations and establish goals
- Interviews with key stakeholders to set baseline and gain buy-in; this may not always be necessary
- Meeting with the coachee and boss to confirm goals
- Full coaching launch with assignments
- Mid-engagement check-ins with the boss and HR as appropriate
- Post-engagement interviews with key stakeholders
- Close-out meeting with the coachee and boss to assess goal achievement and identify sustainability tactics
What are the key elements of executive coaching at Phillip Weiss Executive Solutions?
Challenge: We partner with clients who want to be challenged professionally and personally.
Sustainability: Help clients build sustainable behaviors and skills they will leverage going forward.
Current and Future Business Context: All work is done within the context of current and future business objectives for the organization and the individual.
Professional and Personal Leadership: Emphasis is placed on how the leader needs to “show up” to be most effective in their current or future roles.
Professional Relationships: Emphasis is also placed on finding the most sensible and effective ways to navigate workplace relationships.
Systems Perspective: Work is strongly based in systems thinking. This means helping the client develop a strong view of the systems (i.e., employees, bosses, peers, clients) they work in and how their behaviors impact the system.
Personal Responsibility: Our approach is heavily geared toward the client taking personal responsibility for self versus the belief they need to change others or the system.
Interviews: Many assignments are launched and concluded with a short series of interviews with key stakeholders (i.e., bosses, peers, employees) to 1) Gain a broader perspective of the client’s work system, and 2) Gauge the client’s behavioral impact within the organization.
Goal Setting: We partner with clients to set very specific behavioral goals and identify solutions. These are measured typically via stakeholder feedback.
Clean and Simple: The client is not overloaded with a “laundry-list” of things to do and change. Focus is placed on the key goals as much as possible.
Holistic: Believing that people bring their whole selves to the job, self-care check-ins are also part of the process when appropriate (i.e. physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual).
Homework: Clients receive regular, focused assignments including pertinent reading and experiments.
Assessment Tools: Engagements are typically launched with the Birkman Method or the tool of the client’s preference. These serve as a base-line for discussions and goal-setting. Some organizations have their own preferred tools and we will work with these tools when appropriate.
Neutrality: We operate with the belief that it is critical for the coach to work toward maintaining full objectivity during the engagement.
Corporate Relationships: We seek to maintain transparent and “partnering” relationships with human resources/organizational development.
Ethics: Phillip Weiss Executive Solutions fully subscribes to and practices the ethical standards upheld by the International Coaches Federation (ICF).