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Executive Coaching

What is Executive Coaching?

Executive Coaching is a collaborative, professional relationship, which utilizes the art of conversation to engage a client in creating the future of their choice. The Coach listens, questions, and holds the focus for their client as they explore opportunities, reflect on possibilities, ignite their passion, and set measurable goals. Coaching encourages high-functioning executives, leaders, managers and individuals to bridge the gap to their next level of success. It provides the opportunity to strengthen specific interpersonal, communication, strategic thinking, and leadership skills, or to enhance other skills which are specific or unique to their situation. a_different_path.jpg

How does it work?

It is an engaged process of asking questions to explore deeper awareness and meaning for YOU, the coachee. Your Coach functions as a sounding board, to help you bring about a new perspective, and create more of what you desire. (Some clients liken their coaching work to that of having their own thought partner – someone to bounce their ideas, goals, and dreams off.) The coaching conversation is guided by the Coach to empower the Coachee towards promoting self-discovery, self-empowerment, and the establishment and attainment of SMART goals.

Your Coach is dedicated solely to supporting You in achieving Your goals and serving Your best interests.  

 What are some areas that you can choose to be coached within?

  • Career path planning
  • Career transitions
  • Thriving and Surviving in toxic work environments.
  • Personal Goals such as stretch and risk
  • Leadership
  • Effective communication
  • Listening
  • Feedback
  • Transformational change
  • Strategic design.

 What Return on Investment for you?

  • Development towards your higher potential
  • Achievement of your desired outcomes.
  • Alignment of your personal goals
  • Alignment of your career goals with that of your organization’s goals.

Connect with Endless Possibilities Executive Coaching & Consulting, Vancouver, B.C. today to arrange a complimentary Coaching conversation!



December 17th, 2014

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Interested in Personal or Professional Change?

Executive Coaching Can help.

Imagine sitting down with an experienced, enthusiastic confidante, in order to get support in
developing your leadership, social and workplace skills, and in finding creative solutions to everyday problems. This person is not telling you what to do; rather, he or she is maintaining a dialogue with you that enable you to improve your relationships and your work performance while meeting the short and long-term personal and professional goals, which you have set for yourself. You are leading your change and finding your own solutions, while your conversational companion guides and encourages you.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Good news — an Executive Coach is trained to provide that kind of support and inspiration!

Executive coaching starts with clients being connected with a Coach who initiates focused conversations and poses thoughtful questions, which lead each client toward identifying and attaining their personal and professional goals. Many times these goals require the client to change the way they view situations, as well as how they communicate and interact with others, Executive Coaching leads clients through these changes in a way that leaves each client with increased self-confidence and a cadre of effective tools with which to accomplish their goals.

Executive Coaches know that each client has specific strengths, and they teach clients how to leverage those strengths to help them achieve their changes. With the help of a coach, you will be able to identify and create the right plan is for you to make those transitions. An Executive Coach will also help you develop concrete skills like problem solving, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and strategic thinking, all of which will assist you as you take steps to change your situation and meet your objectives.

Working with an Executive Coach will keep you on track and on target in achieving your goals.

If you want to make a lasting, positive change, try Executive Coaching!


September 24th, 2014

executive_coaching.jpgThere are multiple benefits experienced by those who choose to enhance their leadership skills with executive coaching. Not only will you become a more confident, skillful leader, capable of handling complex interpersonal conflicts in the workplace, but those same skills transfer easily to one’s personal life. In fact, many former clients who’ve engaged in executive coaching report a much-enhanced personal life during coaching and long after their coaching concludes. 

Communication, Communication, Communication 

When we speak of our personal lives, we usually mean our relationships with others, and often we relegate our relationships with those closest to us to second tier. We are simply too tired to address difficult issues with a spouse, family member, or community member. Often, the fact is that we are not simply tired, but that we lack both the will to address it in our personal life, in addition to the communication skills and the practice or habit of communicating well. 

Sound communication is one of the skills focused on in an executive coaching leadership development program and is the skill most easily transferable to our personal lives. In fact, once you develop the habit of open, honest, non-reactive communication, you’ll find yourself using it in your personal life, creating a positive feedback loop that will enhance both work and personal relationships. 

Genuine, Authentic, Passionate 

A strong leader is genuine, authentic, and passionate. Once you cultivate leadership skills by recognizing and fostering your authentic leadership potential, you’ll find yourself acting more passionately and authentically in your personal life as well. Others will be drawn to you, since there is, after all, nothing more attractive than someone acting according to his or her passion and acting from a place of authenticity. Many former executive coaching clients report feeling more clear, focused, and energized in all aspects of their lives. They report better relationships with those they care about and more clarity about where to focus their efforts and resources in their life outside of the professional work environment. 


August 31st, 2014

Coaching.jpgWhether or not you think of yourself as a leader, if you are in a professional leadership role, others will consider you a leader and look to you for guidance. There is no way to be passive in this position, and one of the best ways to develop your individual leadership skills is through executive coaching. Executive coaching is built on the premise that everyone can be a leader—it’s simply a matter of finding a leadership style that builds on your natural talents, of learning specific skills, and of setting goals and achieving results. 

Finding Your Authentic Leadership Style 

No two people are alike and therefore there is no single correct approach to leadership. In fact, when in a leadership role, it is more essential than in any other role that you present your authentic self. Fortuitously, that authentic self is also the best place to lead from. Executive coaching builds on a state of being in touch with your own emotions, beliefs, creativity, and integrity and builds leadership from there. 

Specific Skills 

Strong leadership is also a learned skill. By incorporating real life scenarios, leadership development programs outline a set of real, concrete skills: communication, people management, and resource allocation, among others, that will build a basis of confidence for anyone in a professional leadership position. Interpersonal relationships can be complicated, and executive coaching works with actual situations for this reason. 

Real Results 

In transforming our thinking, we begin to act differently, and when a leader changes their actions, they begin to see real results. Executive coaching provides a supportive environment for the sharing and exchanging of ideas. In the end, developing your personal leadership skills means that you can go on to inspire those around you, making the job more meaningful for everyone. 


June 3rd, 2014

Benefits_of_Executive_Leadership.jpgPoor leadership is one of the fastest ways to run a business into the ground. Inefficiency and low morale prevent a business from growing and succeeding. Effective business leadership can be a game changer.

Here are the top 5 benefits of adopting a collaborative, effective leadership model within your organization:

Improved Employee Morale:

Employees carrying out their day-to-day tasks effectively are what keep a business running efficiently. Employees rely on their leaders for both direction and inspiration.

Increased Productivity:

Productivity is often linked to morale. If employees don’t trust or believe in their business leaders, they will not be motivated to do their best at all times and productivity will slip as a result.

A Positive Office Environment:

A bit of healthy competition is good, however constant competition amongst employees can undermine the effectiveness of the entire team leading to an unhappy workforce.

Enhanced Business Efficiency:

When employees feel valued and appreciated in their workplace and trust their managers and executives to make the right decisions they will go the extra mile to get the job done effectively and efficiently

Increased Profitability

Productivity and efficiency translate into profitability. Statistics show that improvement in organizational profits is directly related to the health and happiness of the workforce, which in turn are closely linked to the presence of leaders who take a collaborative, humanistic approach to their staff.

Great business leadership is not just about the decisions made in regards to which clients to court or what products to produce, it’s also about creating an environment where everyone wants to do their best.


April 30th, 2014

Gentleman-giving-Executive-Coaching-to-Woman.jpgExecutive coaching offers some very clear benefits, which become apparent very quickly. The question often asked is whether or not there’s some return on investment (ROI) that can also be measured as a way to encourage or justify the financial investment in executive coaching. Of course there is an ROI, but it’s not always easy to measure in concrete, consistent units. If you’re wondering just what it is that is gained from executive coaching, you’ll have to look at the immeasurable benefits that are also powerful reasons to invest.

Efficiency, Productivity, Focus

If you could sell bottled efficiency or productivity, you’d make a fortune very quickly! Anyone who has worked in a business where meetings can drone on or feel like a terrible waste of time will tell you that being able to run an efficient meeting would change many things at the office. Focus during meetings can translate into focus in the workplace at each and every desk. And focus leads to better efficiency and higher productivity.

Executive coaching teaches skills that can bring greater focus to your business leaders. Executive coaching can teach the process of learning to identify the most critical and pressing goals, as well as how to focus upon and meet those goals so the next ones can be tackled. When you’ve honed in on the goals that are most critical, you can actually begin to accomplish them. Add to that focus some skills in delegation, communication, and emotionally intelligent personality management and you can quickly see results shift toward higher productivity and greater efficiency.

Can You Count Efficiency?

It can be difficult at times to put a monetary value on the relationship between stronger, more focused leadership skills and improved efficiency around the office. Setting criteria to measure the improvements that occur as a result of executive coaching (ROI) will demonstrate huge benefits for your office/organization.


October 29th, 2013

leadership under light bulb.jpgWhen you think about the ideal leadership structure at your organization, what do you imagine? Most likely, you want everyone in decision-making positions to be high-functioning and dedicated. You want to know that each time a new goal is set, it’s the best goal for the organization and the entire team will feel engaged and important. Is it possible to have the best from all employees, from the lowest rung all the way to upper leaders? 

When leaders are working at their best, you have the highest potential for everyone to work at their best. Individual team members need to know that their leaders value their contribution. Unfortunately, not all leaders are good at communicating their appreciation in relevant ways. Executive coaching combines the best of communication training with personalized support that enables people to become more effective leaders. Even if only members at the upper leadership level get executive coaching, the results can trickle down and create a better work environment for everyone. 

Leadership Skills 

Learning to lead is different from managing people. People want to follow a leader. Executive coaching adds a layer of skills that can change the dynamics between supervisors and employees. It can also impact the way that leaders effect change. Leadership skills can be taught, and the results bring about increases in productivity, job satisfaction, and creativity among employees. 

Executive coaching is one way that a company or non-profit organization can improve results and create a more dedicated and results-oriented work environment for everyone. Focusing on the leadership dynamics within the organization takes time, but the long term result will be that everyone spends more time on the things at which they excel. Create high-functioning executives, leaders and individuals at your organization by engaging with executive coaching.


April 9th, 2013

Choosing which path.jpgExecutive coaching is becoming more and more popular in Vancouver, BC and throughout North America. As more people realize that they are no longer following a path they want to be on, they are looking for constructive and thoughtful ways to define a new path. We are shaped by the pressure from family, peers, coworkers and society.  When we stop focusing on these things, we can find a way to be happy. Executive coaching is the process of discovering just what it is that you are looking for and empowering you to find the way to live the life and identify the career path you want. 

Here are the top 5 reasons that people should consider executive coaching in Vancouver: 

  1. A Toxic Work Environment - Many of us suffer at our jobs and assume that it’s just the way things work. But you shouldn’t be poisoned by your work environment. You are not benefitting from your job in the ways that contribute to a fulfilling life and your employer is not getting the best from you. In fact, a toxic work place isn’t good for anyone involved. Identifying and understanding your role, your options and the toxicity level of your work environment is a result of executive coaching.
  2. Goal Development - Sometimes the goals that would be most inspiring are things we hide from ourselves out of fear. Executive coaching can delve into the possibilities and help develop steps toward identifying achievable goals.
  3. Confidence Building - For many of us, what we really need is someone who can listen and be a reasonable, but supportive voice. Executive coaching brings the possible to light by encouraging confidence in areas where you deserve to feel confident.
  4. Communication Education - Many of the problems we face in personal and work relationships can be traced back to poor communication. Learning to communicate effectively and without confrontational speech patterns is a huge benefit of working with an executive coach.
  5. Private and In-Depth Exploration of Self and Worth - Most people do not even know what questions they should be asking themselves in order to bring about a happier and more satisfying life. Executive coaching is the process of delving into your life as it is now and coming back with a clear picture of the real challenges we face as well as developing strategies for addressing them. 

Executive coaching is a way to find both the root of problems and the solutions so that you can actualize the life that you want to look back on with pride.  Endless Possibilities is an Executive Coaching company in Vancouver that serves individuals and businesses throughout North America.


December 14th, 2012

Tis the Christmas season with its usual round of social events which in itself can be a source of anxiety for some, or inspiration for others. Being an introvert I tend to run out of social tidbits easily and find richness in listening to the conversation as it swirls around me.

path_0.jpgAs I listened to a group of leaders reflecting on the paths that their various careers had taken at one such recent event, I was struck by how many of them had just fallen into their roles. Most of them had been appointed into a supervisor position, which led to being slotted into a higher-up position, and another, and yet another until they came to be in their currently significant leadership position. While it was very evident that they were committed to their work, passion, energy, and enthusiasm were definitely in short supply!

It reminded me of a quote I had read by leadership great, Jim Rohn, in which he said: “if you don’t design your own life plan chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not Much.” The same can be said for your career. If you don’t take charge and design your own career plan you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And what they have planned for you may not be what you envision for yourself!        
        

Here are a few tips to help you be the guide of your leadership career path:

1. Be intentional in designing it! If you are in a place of financial safety/ security don’t just take on any leadership job that comes your way that someone else has decided you are right for. Stop and take the time to ask yourself:

  • How does this role fit with where I see myself in 1 – 5 – 10 years?
  • What aspect(s) of leadership am I passionate about?  If your answer to that questions is a broad one, then:
  • How do I narrow down my focus?
  • If I don’t have the qualifications for the job I want right now, what role(s) can I take on now that will help me build my skills in preparation for my dream job?

2. Develop a network of valuable contacts that align with your career path that you can serve and whom will support you in your journey.

3. Join organizations that will help you build your skills and expand your network - be strategic as you go about this.

4. Work with a mentor or mentors. Choose those whose skills and strengths you aspire to emulate.

5. Hire an Executive Coach to help you:

  • Clearly define your goals.
  • Identify your strengths and areas that you would like to hone your skills.
  • Develop a strategic, detailed plan to target your dream leadership job.

 

Connect with Endless Possibilities Executive Coaching & Consulting, Vancouver, B.C. today to arrange a complimentary Coaching conversation!