Executive coaching can leverage your existing strengths, develop skills you don’t yet have, expose you to systems and models that promote greater effectiveness, facilitate awareness of factors that have been inhibiting your performance and those that can improve it.
Executive coaching can help you see beyond your current perspective, eliminate self defeating behaviors or inactivity, clarify your values, set goals, and efficiently succeed at achieving those goals.
Specifically I work to help you clarify what are the most critical goals, which should be prioritized, how to set up realistic targets and time frames, and then execute in ways to efficiently complete those goals.
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What is executive coaching?
As an executive coach, I help you effectively and efficiently identify what are the right goals for you now, strategize how to accomplish them, and learn new or develop the existing skills you need to achieve the outcomes you can imagine.
The Benefits: How does executive coaching help you?
We are often stuck in habitual patterns of behavior, convinced of self-limiting beliefs, or paralyzed by fears of failing or, for some of us, succeeding. Even the most successful among us plateau and aren’t reaching our potential.
What does executive coaching involve?
Executive coaching involves the active and direct process of getting you to think and behave in more effective ways, so you can be more satisfied and live a more meaningful life in domains that pertain to work, as well as other areas of your life.
That means I’ll be asking questions that might lead you to adopt different perspectives, shift paradigms, experiment with new strategies, tactics, and specific plans of action. It means we will be leaning on science and existing research to support the methods you choose. And all of this is idiosyncratic to the client and his or her current situation and the life imagined.
Qualities of a good executive coach
A great executive coach should be well versed in the scientific literature in order to be able to present evidence based models and skills to clients. He or she should empathetic in order to select the appropriate exercises and style that best fit where the client is. Without empathy an executive coach can’t truly know what the client needs or how to present it in the best way. A coach should be skilled in assessment to accurately evaluate the client’s strengths, weaknesses, behavioral tendencies, personality characteristics, communication patterns, self-defeating habits, and other characteristics. He or she should also be an effective communicator, teacher, and motivator. And a good coach needs to be able to validate a client’s experience when appropriate and directly challenge self-limiting beliefs in a way that the client still knows there is compassion and acceptance, rather than judgment coming from the interaction. These characteristics communicate to the client that he or she is in the hands of someone with expertise, who is aligned with their goals, and capable of helping him or her reach new heights.
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Types of executive coaching
Executive coaches may consider themselves specialists in segments of coaching, e.g., career coaching, personal development, leadership coaching, team building, or organizational development. They may coach from different schools of coaching drawing on leadership work, approaches to management, business philosophies, or psychological theories.
I ascribe to a modified Cognitive Behavioral Coaching, in which I rely on scientifically supported theoretical models and evidence based outcome studies from behavioral and cognitive literatures. I use Cognitive Behavioral Coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), as well as other models and techniques.
Benefit of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching
Cognitive Behavioral Coaching benefits clients by helping them develop skills that they can learn to utilize on their own in many situations. This gives them independence, confidence, and flexibility. And it allows them to achieve goals across multiple domains, i.e., leadership, productivity, work-life balance, health, building better relationships, organizational development, etc.
Cognitive Behavioral Coaching incorporates scientifically supported models of behavior, emotion, and cognition. And it helps clients identify ineffective behaviors, excessive behaviors, and behaviors that they need to develop to become the effective and satisfied executives. In my approach I can help you:
Envision the life, career, and behaviors you want to have
Clarify your values
Learn to identify the critical elements necessary to improve your behaviors
Understand how the way you relate to your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviors
Establish habits and learn skills necessary to establish and achieve your goals by engaging in adaptive behaviors
These skills include ways to help you increase your motivation, regulate your emotions, efficiently problem solve, successfully manage conflicts and critical incidents, effectively communicate, set and complete goals, and demonstrate follow through independent of your feelings and aversive thinking patterns.
This work applied beyond your work role can also help you to establish habits that create a lifestyle involving better task management, time management, healthier relationships, improved eating, exercise, and sleep. All of these changes support one another in a holistic approach.
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How to find a Cognitive Behavioral Executive Coach in NYC
The criteria for finding the right executive coach for you are really determined by you. If you have enough time, it may be worth trying to gather a few names of executive coaches.
A personal or professional referral is a great way to start. Have any of your friends or coworkers had a great experience with an executive coach? It may be worth asking that question at your next dinner party or business meeting.
Does your HR department or development department have any recommendations or someone they retain that you can contact? Many large companies have used executive coaches over the years and may have a number of recommendations for you.
Many professionals from physicians to personal trainers have shared patients or clients with executive coaches. Asking a professional you trust to recommend someone at your next visit could generate a lead or two.
Once you’ve exhausted recommendations from people you know, going to the internet is another means to collecting names. It may not be as reliable as personal or professional referral, but it could yield positive results. Regardless of whether the name is from Google or your family doctor of 40 years, I still recommend you advocate for yourself by researching the executive coaches background, training, credentials, etc., asking a few questions if you can’t get enough information from a website, and also discontinuing if you aren’t thrilled with the experience after a few meetings. Given that process, there isn’t too much harm in getting a name from the internet if your research there indicates the person is well qualified and suited to your personal preferences.
These are some questions that may be important for you to answer for yourself to know what you prefer in an executive coach.
Is it important for your executive coach to be well versed in scientifically supported techniques?
Do you want a coach that can meet with you in person and is local, or are you willing to do coaching calls or video?
Do you have a gender preference?
Does it matter to you how long the executive coach has been in in the field?
What can you afford to pay? The last thing you want is to sign on with someone you can’t really afford and end up being stressed by the arrangement.
How much time are you willing to commit to working on your goals between sessions?
How soon do you want to start?
How long are you willing to work with the executive coach based on your goals and expected deadlines?
Once you have answered these questions you can review the biographies and descriptions of the executive coaches approach. Hopefully it will become clear, which of the coaches has the experience, training, credentials, and other characteristics that lend themselves to being a good fit for you. With that said, I encourage you to do ongoing assessment of if the work you are doing is helping and if you believe that is largely a function of the expertise and effectiveness of the coach, not simply your discipline and effort. It takes both and you want to be sure the return on the investment is worth it. When it is, the arrangement can be incredibly beneficial and the meetings themselves can be a highlight of your week as you become excited about the goals you can achieve and the greater meaning and happiness you can attain.
If you have interest in executive coaching that is active, direct, practical, and based on scientifically supported theories of behavior and techniques to enhance motivation and effective behavior change, please feel free to contact my office at (646) 693-3760 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to learn about your challenges, what you hope to achieve, and then we can decide the best approach and techniques to change your trajectory.