Executive coaching and mentoring

Executive Coaching is a management tool that can have a powerful, sustainable impact on personal and professional development.

Typically executive coaching can deliver:

  • Improved leadership skills
  • The ability to think strategically in terms of outcomes and an increased capability to deliver those outcomes
  • The ability to maximise goal-setting skills by prioritising and managing time more effectively
  • Improved delegation skills
  • Enhanced Conflict Competence
  • Increased knowledge and insights into themselves and their organisation – which allows them to become more flexible and versatile
  • More advanced communication skills  such as verbal and non-verbal interactions, listening, providing valuable feedback (especially praise), effectively managing “fierce communications”, and understanding, predicting and altering patterns of communications.

Executives who have experienced coaching and mentoring often comment that the sessions are particularly valuable in providing them with a safe place to talk about problems and issues, to test ideas and have assumptions challenged.

How does Executive Coaching and Mentoring work in practice?

Balanced Curve will meet with management to explore the organisational context, leadership challenges and desired outcomes.

Where there are specific management goals for the coaching program, these will be discussed before the one-on-one sessions start to ensure each party fully understands their specific roles and responsibilities. Prior to the sessions commencing, the coach would meet with the executive to have a general chat about how they might work together, discuss the sorts of outcomes that would make the exercise worthwhile and ensure the executive is comfortable with the coach.

Executive Coaching and Mentoring programs typically run over a period of between 4-12 months, with face-to-face meetings taking place every 3-4 weeks. This tends to allow sufficient time to facilitate meaningful personal change and improved behavioural effectiveness. Each coaching session will generally last around 60-90 minutes and result in the executive setting clear goals, and specific action plans to facilitate sustainable behaviour change.

After the initial meeting, an important part of each subsequent session involves reviewing progress and holding the executive accountable for the completion of agreed actions. While ultimately the executive is solely accountable, the coach plays a critical role in motivating and supporting the executive. Another key aspect is for the coach to help the executive reflect on the sessions and the changes taking place. The development of greater self-awareness and insight, together with new positive habits, leads to ongoing success.

Balanced Curve coaching tools

Balanced Curve uses a number of tools to facilitate executive coaching and mentoring including:

The Conflict Dynamics Profile, used to assist leaders develop “conflict competence” and recognised by practitioners as the premier instrument for measuring behavioural responses to workplace conflict. The instrument was developed by the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College in the United States and is used extensively by training organisations such as the Center for Creative Leadership and Mount Eliza Executive Education Centre as well as successful corporations such as Harley Davidson and Chevron. See www.conflictdynamics.org

The Leadership Circle 360 Profile, recognised as one of the leading 360 surveys on the market.
See www.theleadershipcircle.com/assessment-tools/profile.

The Leadership Circle provides leaders with a deep insight into both their performance against the key creative attributes of leaders as well as the reactive behaviours that may be compromising their effectiveness.

The Kirton Adaption-Innovation Problem Solving Inventory, developed by Dr Michael Kirton to identify individual problem-solving styles and to examine the different styles within the team. The KAI is recognised as one of the world’s leading instruments for measuring “thinking” or “problem-solving” style, and is used extensively and successfully in businesses throughout Europe and the United States. See www.kaicentre.com

The Hogan assessment instruments

Hogan is recognised as one of the world’s leading personality assessment instruments. The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) measures how an individual typically approaches work and interacts with others, identifying the strengths an individual can rely on to facilitate their performance. The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) identifies the tendencies that could derail an individual’s career or performance. It shows how an individual is inclined to respond when stressed, under pressure or not self-monitoring. The Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) assist identify what motivates and drives an individual. See www.hoganassessments.com/hogan-personality-inventory