John Bennett/ February 14, 2020/ Executive Coaching

Successful organizations provide executive coaching for leaders and aspiring leaders at all levels. As an executive coach, I am regularly asked … “exactly what does someone work-on with a coach?”. Here is a list of 80 scenarios I’ve assisted with in my practice: 

  1. Gain self-awareness
  2. Know the whole business (Agility)
  3. Build effective relationships across functions 
  4. Increase crucial relationships with leaders
  5. Understand and work with power structures (politics)
  6. Delegate effectively
  7. Develop better listening skills
  8. Create a people development culture
  9. Develop collaborative relationships with key stakeholders
  10. Develop physical and emotional resilience
  11. Initiate change [effectively]
  12. Build emotional resilience
  13. Develop a high performing team
  14. Increase organizational awareness
  15. Adapt communication style to increase impact
  16. Get/be organized
  17. Motivate and inspire others 
  18. Know when to check-in with others
  19. Mentor others
  20. Provide feedback
  21. Focus team’s efforts through priority setting
  22. Change visibility of a team across the company
  23. Deliver clear and consistent messages
  24. Set priorities and adjust pacing
  25. Influence decision processes by leveraging others
  26. Clarify, define and manage expectations of self and others
  27. Create a team “brand”
  28. Support employees in building skills and reputation 
  29. Build relationships with business leaders
  30. Develop a strategic network
  31. Be more transparent in conversations
  32. Hold direct reports accountable
  33. Understand and acclimate to the organizations’ culture
  34. Balance/flexibility of style between casual/comfortable versus more formal
  35. Be more strategic — Leadership vs. Tactical
  36. Make your voice heard
  37. Influence and negotiate with peers and the most senior leadership
  38. Lead a diverse team
  39. Influence and negotiate across senior functions and up the organization
  40. Develop a fully competent and strategic leadership team
  41. Listen actively
  42. Test assumptions before making conclusions
  43. Develop talent
  44. Recognize the differences between people and adjusting approaches to leading and managing
  45. Strengthen organizational savvy
  46. Develop, motivate, engage, and manage a high performing team
  47. Set a vision on how to drive business performance
  48. Be a change agent
  49. Balance the need for control with influencing without authority
  50. Manage the needs of multiple constituencies
  51. Make decisions and take actions in a strategic context
  52. Stay abreast of trends/hot topics/technology in my field
  53. Manage up — boss alignment
  54. Manage time — priorities, role alignment, staying focused
  55. Integrate an organization or team following a merger
  56. Manage teams 
  57. Build alignment
  58. Influence from a distance (remote relations) 
  59. Coach employees 
  60. Communicate across cultures 
  61. Develop people leader/people management skills
  62. Develop executive/leadership presence
  63. Influence informally
  64. Lead or influence up the organization
  65. Assert appropriately
  66. Manage and resolve conflicts
  67. Influence others — direct reports, peers, partners, manager, other key stakeholders
  68. Develop and manage stakeholder relationships 
  69. Develop Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ)
  70. Show-up more outspoken and proactive with superiors and peers
  71. Be firmer, directive and active in one-on-one and team leadership with direct reports
  72. Prioritize and delegate
  73. Collaborate
  74. Drive results
  75. Communicate vision
  76. Build and use a professional network
  77. Hold people accountable 
  78. Manage stress 
  79. Control impulses
  80. Manage the perception of others

So, are you looking to develop any of these scenarios? If so, it might be time to find a coach!

What other scenarios have you encountered or are working on? I’m interested in your thoughts, so please leave your comments below.

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