Executive coaching is a management technique to help unleash and optimise an executive's potential by means of self-discovery. The coach raises an issue, asks a question and allows the subject to find the answer by himself or herself. The basic ingredients of effective coaching are a mindset to see the subject become a better person, listening skills, asking the right questions, and delivering honest feedback.
As with all management practices, effective executive coaching should always start with the right process. The process itself typically evolves through five steps: Defining, Assessing, Planning, Acting and Reviewing. Let me take you through each step one by one.
Defining: Clarifying the issue. Why do we do need executive coaching? Is there anything wrong with this particular executive? As a matter of fact, the answer can be either way _ it's business as usual or there is a specific requirement for a particular executive.
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