ERIC Number: ED462766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Using Your Executive Coach. For the Practicing Manager. An Ideas into Action Guidebook.
Hart, E. Wayne; Kirkland, Karen
Executive coaching is an increasingly popular means of accelerating professional growth and enhancing managerial performance. Unlike most other training and development options, coaching is completely personalized and private. This guide offers practical suggestions and tips to aid in understanding the nature of a coaching engagement and in obtaining the most value out of it. Readiness is key to successful coaching results because time and effort will be required to address challenges that will be set up throughout the engagement. Coaching engagements usually last from 6 to 18 months and are structured to result in significant, specific, and measurable changes in behavior. Coaching should focus on leveraging strengths, rather than fixing deficiencies. The ongoing elements of the engagement are assessment, challenge, and support. Resistance to making behavior changes is to be expected and often surfaces as negative feelings about the coach. This guide shows how these feelings can be recognized and overcome, thus enhancing the collaborative nature of the engagement. The most important attribute that can be brought to the coaching engagement is receptivity to new ideas and openness to different ways of acting in the world. (Contains 14 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Behavior, Consultants, Corporate Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Development, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Professional Training
Center for Creative Leadership, Attn: Publications, P.O. Box 26300, Greensboro, NC 27438-6300 ($8.95; bulk discounts). Tel: 336-545-2810; Fax: 336-282-3284; Web site: http://www.ccl.org/index.shtml.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.