Each of us wants to live a life of meaning and purpose at work, but too often we run into obstacles that prevent us from realizing this goal. One way to understand and overcome such obstacles is with the help of an executive coach.
Executive coaching helps us examine our personal goals within the context of the skills and competencies our organizations need to achieve their business objectives. As an executive coach, I help my clients change their behaviors in ways that increase their contributions to their organizations’ success, thereby allowing them to achieve their professional goals and derive greater satisfaction from their work.
My approach to coaching includes tools and methods adopted from behavioral and cognitive models of personal growth. One of the core assumptions informing my practice is that our thoughts influence our emotions, and our emotions shape our behavior. Changing our behavior requires a change in our thinking, which in turn makes it easier to manage our emotions and behave in more productive ways.
The behavioral dimension of my coaching practice includes a focus on helping my clients to change their behaviors in ways that make them more productive and effective contributors to their organizations’ success. My goal is to give my clients the knowledge and tools they’ll need to change their own behaviors, even after our coaching engagement ends. As my clients become more effective in their work, they derive greater fulfillment from their careers and, in turn, become even more engaged with the work they do.
The cognitive dimension of my coaching practice brings an emphasis on how we think about the world in which we work and the way we relate to this world on a daily basis. This includes the use of reflection and other contemplative practices useful in uncovering outdated assumptions about the world and self, assumptions that generate unproductive mental models and self-limiting patterns of thinking and behavior. My goal is to help my clients sharpen distinctions, correct misconceptions, revise mental models, and exercise greater choice to become more productive, creative, and motivated members of their organizations.
The Coaching Relationship
Central to the success of any coaching engagement, of course, is the relationship that develops between client and coach. One indispensable element of any successful coaching relationship is trust. Over time I have learned that my clients come to trust me only if they believe I am professionally credible, personally reliable, unconditionally committed to their professional growth, and maintain complete confidentiality at all times regarding the work we do together.
You can find a more detailed description of my approach to executive coaching here.