In the last article I explored how leaders can sometimes feel alone due to the nature of the decisions they make. Now I will look at a simple way to improve the quality of decisions.
I know that sounds odd. But it is often true. Leading any organization is not a popularity contest and sometimes leaders need to do things that really make them realize how alone they are. I feel this myself as a leader of our company.
When we think about the skills of an effective coach, many things come to mind: asking powerful questions, challenging, etc. These skills are honed through training and experience.
Great coaches help people meet their objectives, move forward and grow. People often think coaching is “psychology” or “getting into your head”. While having some ability in psychology is an asset, coaches are usually not trained psychologists.
Recent statistics on executive coaching point to the fact that in the United States alone, organizations spend more than $1 billion per year on coaching services. What’s more, coaching is no longer seen as a reactive tactic to correcting bad workplace behaviour.
Sometimes I get asked to attend a “meet and greet” before a coaching engagement, hosted by an organization, to see if the coachees “like” me. Many companies introduce several coaches to every potential coachee. When I talk to coachees, they report finding it hard to choose between the coaches they are presented with.
ACCESS Employment webinar on “Empowering Women in Leadership”, held on October 9, 2018. Watch our very own Amrita Garg – Executive & Leadership Coach at Impact Coaches, talk about her own journey in the overseas leadership role and how she established her career in Canada. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1281094168088838669
Studies consistently show that between 50-70 percent of planned change efforts fail. Why is this case, especially considering the extensive amount of time and resources many organizations devote to getting change right? From my experience, it is less about what these organizations are doing, and more about what they are not doing.