There has never been a better time in man’s history to be an executive than today. We live in an era of abundance. Educational, social, economical and technological advancements have made what was the preserve of an elite few, accessible to anyone who has the passion, determination and commitment to lead. Today’s executive has the world at their fingertips and opportunities for growth abound everywhere.
Rapid changes across the globe and its seismic implications have revealed fragilities in executive leadership at the highest levels. This has created the need for executives who flip obstacles and challenges round, turning them into opportunities for the betterment of their organizations, their teams, their clients and humanity as a whole.
Also, executives are increasingly looking at their jobs and roles as leaders as a source of meaning to give them a sense of purpose. They don’t want to be just executives; they want to be fulfilled and thriving executives who make a difference in the organizations and the world as a whole.
This is where we come in. Elizabeth Akurang & Associates has been at the forefront of these changes using executive coaching methods to nurture a crop of executives who are savvy, dynamic and fast thinking to handle the challenges and grasp the advantages presented in each situation.
What is executive coaching?
Executive coaching is an individualized and custom designed program for executives and leaders to work with a qualified coach to identify specific and tangible areas of growth, limitations or interest where they can develop to optimize performance. It gives the executive a chance to gain better perspective and concentrate on precise issues that are critical to their performance all in real time.
Executive coaching is highly effective because it gives executives exclusive rights to their development whilst learning and utilizing their talents and potential. He/she becomes a proactive learner, capable of learning from almost any experience encountered.” (Redshaw, 2000). It also gives them a strong sense of ownership and a deeper understanding because “the more an individual is involved in identifying problems, in working out and applying solutions for them and in reviewing the results, the more complete and the more long-lasting the learning is (Redshaw 2000).
The Business Case for Executive Coaching
What can an executive expect from coaching sessions?
Every client is offered an initial one hour introductory session to build a coaching rapport. Afterwards, if both the coach and coachee agree to work together, then a series of executive analysis and assessments are carried out. Together, a personalized coaching plan is devised based on the results of the analysis and assessments. This plan will be unique to distinct to each client and based on personality, preferences, background and culture.
There will be two to four coaching sessions a month normally lasting 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the client’s preference. Our clients are empowered to lead and set the agenda for each session to give them ownership. As coaches we probe, question and facilitate. Sessions are carried out either face to face (depending on location) or virtually.
Our clients also have access to coaches outside the coaching sessions via telephone or email when an emergency arises or they need questions answered.
Why would you need services?
- Retaining a steadiness between professional and personal goals
- Developing a stronger executive presence and impact
- To develop a high degree of self knowledge and self awareness
- A personal growth, learning and effectiveness in their roles
- Aligning and leveraging strengths and skills with strategic objectives
- Improving interpersonal skills
- Conflict resolution
- Emotional intelligence
Why would you need services?
'Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so. '