Coaching

For many leaders, executive coaching is the logical next step after more conventional forms of leadership development. Not only can an executive coach provide seasonal one-on-one consulting for a client, but a coach can also be available as a long-term advocate to help a leader navigate through everyday challenges and decision-making. Some advantages of executive coaching are having:

  • A safe environment where leaders can be vulnerable, open, and transparent about issues and challenges in their work.
  • A neutral sounding board that is removed from the culture and daily environment of your work that can be objective and insightful.
  • A coach as a source of wisdom and experience by anonymously sharing the solutions and tactics from other clients.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of organizational culture development as well as leadership and influential communication with direct reports as well as peers.

Certified as an executive coach through the Sherpa Executive Coaching Program through the University of Georgia, Mike is a qualified friend, guide, and advisor to leaders and executives across multiple industry sectors.

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Good Intentions

After a recent presentation, I had a mid level manager voice a message I hear often.

“Every morning I start my day with the intention to get on the floor and spend time with my people. But the day gets filled with emails, phone calls and meetings, and I never make it out of my office.”

We all start our day or week with great intentions, but then life hits us. Emails, meetings, family turmoil, equipment failure…….

While we cannot control all the situations that may come our way, we can prioritize one or two actions that will enhance our leadership and life. Often these actions will reflect what we value most in work and life. Our ability to follow through and complete these actions will move us closer to reaching the goals we desire to achieve.

Recently I asked clients to list one or two of the most important actions they could take next week that would move them forward on their leadership journey. Here’s a few of their action items:

  • Once a week, I will have lunch/coffee with a team member.
  • I will plan a date with my spouse once a month.
  • I will read a book that will challenge me as a leader and person.
  • I will surprise my employees/team with a celebration event once a quarter.
  • I will write a note of encouragement or appreciation once a week.

These are great actions for every leader. As we all know, having a great idea is one thing, following through with completing the idea is another. Here are a couple of strategies for turning good ideas into good deeds.

Program the action item on your phone calendar for a specific date and time.

Give a trusted friend the authority to hold your feet to the fire. We all need someone who will hold us accountable.

Assign points to your action ideas and set up friendly competition with another leader.

As leaders we want to look back over the month and year to see task accomplished rather than a list of good ideas.