Seeing Yourself as Others See You

Google CEO Eric Schmidt explains about his experience with a coach:

One thing people are never good at, is seeing themselves as others see them.

You can watch Eric’s 40 second clip of an executive’s view of coaching here

With the rapidly increasing complexity of demands facing corporate leaders, one-on-one coaching by a trusted professional has become the favoured pathway for development for many executives and business leaders. The outcomes of effective coaching have been widely established: as well as the growing self-awareness identified by Eric Schmidt, leaders have attested to effective people management, better relationships with managers, improved productivity, increased engagement, and more effective communication.

An important question remains for many leaders… what do I look for in a leadership coach? The actual competencies and skills of effective coaches have been researched and a number of coaching associations have a version eg International Coach Federation , however the person attributes are often harder to define. Continue reading

Relinquishing Control By Becoming a Coaching Leader

There is no doubt we are all experiencing massive changes in the way we work, which requires us to change the way we manage others. How do we reconcile these paradoxes…on the one hand you are responsible for the outcomes, on the other hand you must not over-control? Faced with this risk, some managers try to exert greater control. Continue reading

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