Executives experience a range of transitions in their careers:
According to client data, 40% of these moves fail within eighteen months:
By understanding potential snags and fostering awareness and insight, executive coaching equips the leader for the challenge of their transition with greater success.
Executive coaching: our difference
Managing a transition well is a tricky proposition, particularly when we may misread current situations, treating them like previous encounters from other roles. What goes unseen is not only how the earlier occasion was somewhat different, but we were without the experience we later gained.
To overcome this tendency, executives need to recognise their overreliance on past strategies and previous contexts and form new perspectives and ways of moving forward. Examining the present situation for what is different, over and above what is familiar, is a vital tool for executive success.
Executive coaching: our approach
Executives need to find the place between the challenge and their skills. When the challenge exceeds skills anxiety arises, when skills surpass the challenge, perhaps the challenge needs to be raised.
The optimal path tracked between the challenge and executive skills is known as flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 1999).
When operating at peak performance, in sports, in music, in chess-playing or scientific research, those at the top of their game report an experience of flow. This is when their skills align with the challenge they face. They feel a state of heightened awareness and at one with the task in hand.
Our approach to coaching promotes opportunities for flow in the executive’s professional life.
We help executives to develop breadth, increase depth and overcome subconscious barriers in how they lead.
We promote flow through five self-reflective steps:
We find the integration of these steps lead to the executive who is more dynamic and ready to respond to the actual issues. But also one who is more neutral allowing them to make more strategic choices when processing challenges.
Operating in a mode of dynamic neutral is key to accessing flow – thus sustaining high performance for executives.