What is Leadership Coaching?

My goal is to help you make a difference in your life and in the lives of those you lead. Leadership coaching is about partnering with you in a thought-provoking and stimulating process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential as a leader. I want you to be successful. Maximizing your leadership potential is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Against that backdrop we work together to:

  • Discover, clarify, align and action what you want to achieve,
  • Promote self-discovery and self-awareness to excavate what needs some work,
  • Elicit your own solutions and strategies, and
  • Hold you responsible and accountable.

If you are a switched-on leader who is committed to discovering your own potential and being a positive contributor to others, then coaching just might be for you.

I work with aspiring and current executives and managers who want to make a difference and who recognize change is necessary to sustain breakthrough leadership growth and success. Engaging in a coaching program can help you and your colleagues dramatically improve your outlook and approach to work and life, while improving and unlocking your leadership potential.

What is Organizational Consulting?

As a consultant I work with you to improve organizational performance. This begins through the analysis of organizational roadblocks and opportunities followed by the development and implementation of plans, roadmaps, and strategies to remove roadblocks and to exploit opportunities. Our expertise lies in the people and process improvement side of organizations. These include expertise in the following areas:

  • Change Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Advisor
  • Employee Engagement
  • Succession Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Facilitation, Learning & Training
  • Team Building
  • Culture Transformation
  • Organizational Design
  • Process Renewal & Design

 

Coaching and consulting is a dynamic two-for-one opportunity for your organization. Here is what we did for leaders in one organization:

Two for One in Action

It’s a blended solution with part coaching and part consulting. The combination of coaching and consulting creates more value and accelerates change for our clients. Using both coaching and consulting services is a strategy that is extremely effective in today’s complex organizations.

I was asked by the CEO of a company to coach him and his direct reports individually. The purpose of these sessions was to discuss what it was each of them wanted to personally work on to better equip themselves to lead through their business requirements and challenges. Some of their individual coaching topics included:

  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Defensiveness
  • Over-managing/Micro-managing
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Being more patient
Individual Results-Driven Coaching

Wearing my coaching hat, I began coaching each of them based on their coaching topic. This program resulted in positive measurable behaviour change for them that also positively impacted those around them.

During these individual coaching sessions, some common issues across the leadership team began to emerge. One such issue was the need to be strategically agile. They recognized that with the ever-changing business environment they needed to get out of the weeds and take a more strategic view. Being more strategic and less tactical would make them more change agile. This would make it easier to course correct as business changes were required within an ever-changing business environment.

The Consulting Pay-off

Now, wearing my consulting hat and based on their collective need to be more strategically agile, I built and delivered a two-session workshop to the whole leadership team entitled Strategy Making in an Uncertain World. The first session provided information, materials, frameworks and quick practice exercises on how to think and work more strategically. The second session focused on using what they learned and applying it to a real business issue in their organization. At the end of the workshop, the leadership team had collectively learned how to be more strategic and completed their first strategic output to a new and emerging business issue. I continued to lead and facilitate these working sessions and in two months the team had completed their business strategy for the upcoming year.

Whether consultant or coach, being a facilitator of change involves not only helping leaders understand what needs to be done but also practical strategies for doing it. This means sharing knowledge and strategies, presenting frameworks for decision-making, and providing information necessary for leaders to evaluate alternative courses of action. Being a facilitator of change also involves supporting leaders in taking action on those decisions. This means assisting them in outlining specific implementation steps, establishing timelines, securing resources, and removing barriers.

Alexandra Salamis

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