Focus On The One Thing That Matters Most
What’s the one change you could make that would make the biggest impact on your leadership? That’s where we focus so that coaching has leverage.
Harness Strengths to Increase “Flow” Performance
The “strengths-based” school of leadership development says that we develop best by harnessing our strengths. The “competency” school focuses on weaknesses.
I do both.
I help you identify what you do well and show you how to use these strengths in new ways. More energy directed to where you add value. More time in the “flow” state of performance.
Prevent Your Achilles Heel From Becoming Achilles Hell
I also challenge you to get to know the single greatest obstacle to raising your game: your Achilles Heel.
Your Achilles Heel is a set of habits wired into your brain and body that limit your repertoire of leadership behaviors. These habits can be rewired through practice and self-observation. This takes courage and focus, but the result is greater freedom and energy to respond to complex decisions and challenges.
Work Inside Out And Outside In
Your organization needs you to perform at a high level. The people around you will tell me in interviews what specific improvements they think will get you there. I call this working “outside in,” and it’s key to making coaching successful.
Coaching also builds on what matters to you. It works “inside out.” That’s why at the start I ask you two pivotal questions:
- What gets you out of bed in the morning? What’s the contribution you want to make in the coming months and years.
- What keeps you up at night? What are your immediate concerns?
Practice, Practice, Practice
Research on high performers in multiple fields points to the importance of deliberate practice, which has these attributes:
- It is designed specifically to improve performance
- It can be repeated at high volume
- The person receives continuous feedback from a teacher or coach
- It requires intense focus and concentration.
- It may not always be fun.
I design practices for you to build on your strengths and improve on your Achilles Heel. Some of these we practice in person in our coaching sessions. Others I ask you to do in between sessions—that’s right, you’re going to have homework—during the course of work and at specific times during the day. I encourage you to get feedback from others as you practice and check out for yourself how well it’s working.
Coach The Whole Person
Leaders are human beings. That’s why we support you in increasing your physical, emotional and mental energy. It’s also why I invite you to bring important life events into coaching conversations.
There are three reasons for this:
- My commitment is to you as a whole person.
- If it’s on your mind and you don’t talk about it, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Talking about it frees up your energy.
- The rest of life is a great place to practice whatever you are focused on at work.
I love hearing from spouses of people we coach who tell us “Thank you so much for what you’ve done. It’s made such a difference!”