"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom." Michel de Montaigne
Searching for a trusted executive-level confidant and thought partner? We find ourselves in executive leadership roles for a variety of reasons. Whether we have ambitiously pursued larger roles, have been tapped as a key successor, or founded our own fast-growing organization, at some point we realize it is more important than ever to "work on" than "work in" our organization, and work "on" ourselves as leaders, to ensure long-term success for all involved. Themes we consistently hear include:
I know I have the pieces of the puzzle, I just need to figure out how best to organize them
I need to protect dedicated time to think bigger and more strategically about my organization
I'm not sure I'm getting "the truth" from those around me, so am concerned about "blindspots"
There just isn't anyone else I can talk with about this who doesn't have a vested interest
I have accomplished all of my original goals, so I know it is time to think bigger
The occasional coffee date with trusted peers helps, but I'm ready for a more dedicated approach
I'm working too much and too hard, and I'm not sure how to "right size" my role or my organization
I want to continue to "sharpen the saw" and the usual resources just don't quite fit my needs
I've lost the sense of joy and energy my role/this work used to bring and I'm not sure what to do about it
This can be a lonely role at times, yet I'm not ready to bring others into the ownership mix
My spouse/family member/significant other is tired of hearing about work so I need another thought partner
I'm beginning to ponder the kind of legacy I want to leave--the kind of impact I want to have longer-term
Concierge Program If what you are looking for is a combination of all of what we list below, our concierge program might be custom tailored for you. Each year we dedicate time to work with select leaders in a highly tailored, focused, confidential, one-on-one partnership that spans the broader facets of your leadership role(s). This often takes the form of dedicated "offsites" with your coach (half-day or full-day) during the year, focused "deep-dive" one-on-one sessions each month, and providing your coach with opportunities to observe you in-action (virtually or in-person), and even coach you in-action, such as becoming your "wing man" for key team meetings or broader "all-hands" stakeholder events. It also includes interim phone check-ins, and email follow-up between sessions as-needed. If you are interested in this option, contact us and we will confirm our next opening.
The Right Resource at The Right Time Working with a professsional Executive Coach is like having a confidential, strategic, creative, collaborative, virtual partner when you need us most. It becomes a powerful partnership without the usual "strings" attached. Yes, our reason for partnering with you is to help you to succeed, so we're not 100% without bias. However, we bring an objective, third-party perspective, along with the seasoning of our own background, professional training for creating the optimal conditions, and the expectation that we will challenge you as an equal, without having an actual "stake" in your business. Some of the ways executive leaders engage with us include:
Dedicated "White Space" for Deeper Reflection and Insight -- Our executive roles have both broad and deep demands on our time, energy and focus. One of the things that drains us quickly is the perpetual need to "context switch" or "change channels" thoughout the day as we move from one topic to the next across a variety of stakeholder needs. We partner with you to create and maintain regular, dedicated "white space" and the related environment and collaboration to maximize your ability to reflect, assess, assimilate and develop broader and deeper insight in support of effective action. It is like re-tuning your instrument between sets to ensure you are bringing out the best of your ability to lead.
Strategic Thought Partnership -- There is no end to the decisions and judgment calls we need to make in executive roles. The right "sounding board" can help us to hear and see ourselves, our stakeholders, our resources, and our context more clearly and generate greater strategic insight. Professional Executive Coaches are trained to be and do just that. We ask and share just enough to bring out and build on YOUR own best thinking and resourcefulness. We prompt broader and deeper reflection, we challenge your thinking in constructive ways, we invite and add broader perpective, and collaborate with you to clarify and implement strategic action.
Concentrated Focus to Realize A Time-Sensitive Vision or Goal -- We can help you crystallize your vision and build meaningful traction toward your goals. We collaborate with you to design an adaptive roadmap to get from "here" to "there," and we serve as your dedicated "wingman" to help you adjust to the changing conditions along the way. Depending on the circumstances and timing, we can collaborate just long enough to help you build meaningful traction, or longer as-needed to help you create the "muscle memory" and stakeholder support to sustain your trajectory over time.