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Executive Coaching

What is Executive Coaching?

Executive Coaching focuses on possibilities for tomorrow, not on yesterday's mistakes. An Executive Coach will help you look at the "big picture" - your vision and your long-term dreams and your goals as a manager. Then you and your coach will examine how realistic those goals are and the steps needed to reach them.

Your Executive Coach will help you decide which management behaviors are most effective in motivating staff to achieve the goals of the organization. Your work with your Executive Coach is, by necessity, completely confidential. The content of your work with your Coach will not be shared with the Board or anyone else without your agreement.

What Executive Coaching is not:

It may be helpful to state initially that Executive Coaching has nothing in common with the kind of sports coaching that many of us have observed. Executive Coaching is not about faultfinding, criticizing, blaming, or even teaching, in the traditional sense of pupil and teacher.

When you might need executive coaching:

  • In Transition: When you are in a new job, when the environment is changing rapidly, when your relationship with the Board has changed, or when you think reorganization might be needed - an Executive Coach could be helpful.

  • To Create a New Vision: When you feel the competition may be gaining or the reputation of your agency may be slipping - an Executive Coach might help you see the external environment more clearly.

  • Organizational Structure: The most effective management team is a mix of diverse talents. Managing such diversity in senior staff is challenging and demands the right organizational and reporting structure - an Executive Coach can bring an objective perspective to your decision-making.

  • For Your Continued Skill Development: If you believe you might become more effective in relationships with individuals or in leading your management team - an Executive Coach can provide some specific advice.

  • For Your Continued Personal Development: To keep up with the best in today's management and leadership thinking - an Executive Coach can help you cut through the clutter to read and discuss only the most progressive and applicable books and articles.

  • As a Sounding Board and Friend: As your relationship develops, an Executive Coach can be a critical element in your survival in the stressful world of non-profit management. You don't have to continue doing this job alone.
For more information or to discuss Executive Coaching services, please contact the NCFC Intake and Project Development Manager at 978/365-5068 or ncfc@cwla.org, or Charlie Baker, NCFC Senior Consultant, at 502-290-4316 or charlie.baker@insightbb.com.


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