Each engagement is unique and customized to the client’s circumstances, issues, and budget, but there are some constants. All our programs focus on catalyzing improvements in:
This includes increasing self-awareness and self-regulation, and leveraging, but not over-using, strengths. It also entails developing clear goals and an authentic voice as a leader.
This includes framing change in meaningful ways, exercising political savvy, and influencing perceptions and opinions through strategic business communication.
This includes greater agility in managing up, down and laterally, and increased effectiveness in building relationships and in communicating with diverse audiences, one to one or in public presentations.
This includes developing an analytical and strategic approach to people as well as business issues, and increasing global awareness and business acumen.
When you are considering working with a leadership consultant or executive coach, it is vital that you understand and feel comfortable with their approach. Our approach – our world-view plus our methodology – is the unique way we interpret and teach the practices of effective leadership and create collaborative partnerships with clients. Here are some of the core constituents of our approach:
We help you take a strategic vantage point and set boundaries, to enable you to prioritize conflicting demands, align various stakeholders’ interests, make reasonable decisions and trade-offs, and manage your calendar, so you can take care of yourself and your team.
We believe that productive relationships are at the heart of success in business, and offer you strategic communication and analytical tools to help you build, nurture and improve business relationships. We also help you present yourself as a leader, through your presence and messaging.
– which includes deepening self-awareness and self-regulation, as well as the ability to understand different points of view. This may be particularly challenging for people in analytical or technical disciplines, whose career advancement depends on developing influencing, negotiating and people management skills.
Catalyzing insights and helping you to find new ways to look at and do things are the hallmark of our approach. Through data gathering, constructive feedback, self-reflection, and experimentation, our dialogue enables you to uncover patterns and identify what small changes can have greatest impact.
We know that it is not enough to spark the ideas if you want sustainable results. The human brain is capable of building new neural pathways over time, and we provide support, guidance and strategies, as you plan and put into practice your new insights and behaviors.
Our orientation is to build on strengths, rather than “fix” weaknesses, but we recognize the need to address potential career “derailers”. We encourage you to be authentic, but help you to develop organizational savvy. We empower you to drive better business results, but also focus on helping you increase your personal satisfaction and fulfillment. Leadership development is a serious commitment, but it needs to be enjoyable and rewarding too. Our sessions are intense, but never short of compassion and laughter.
Our methodology blends flexibility, fluidity and responsiveness with a strong underlying structure. Our 4-A model is:
We use a variety of methods to evaluate clients’ current situation and then collaborate to clarify desired outcomes. Our starting point is to define what “success” means in their context, and to jointly identify measures of success.
We create a strategic program, with an “appreciative” mindset, that builds on strengths and is careful not to abandon that which is core, or already successful.
This is where we address any gaps and areas for improvement or development. This may include working with individuals or a group, episodically or for a defined period.
Change occurs over time and through much iteration, so we support clients through the process, to ensure that they achieve desired results.