Executive Central Director Glenn Ball is one of our most experienced coaches. He has a Master of Coaching Psychology from Sydney University and is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School. We managed to catch Glenn for a quick chat about his experience of being a coach - while he was commuting on his Vespa (via a Bluetooth helmet of course).
Often the toughest challenge for an executive coach occurs before they start the job. Explaining the value of coaching to potential coaches, HR and other stakeholders requires a clear grasp of methodology. Indeed a 2009 HBR study found that the two most important selection criteria for selecting a coach were ‘relevant coaching experience’ and ‘a clear methodology’.
There’s a lot written about the top-down role of senior leadership in driving gender diversity in organisations. A lot of time, focus and money is devoted to the diversity and inclusion education of top executives (with the expectation of a trickle down effect through the organisation’s culture).
In my time as a manager, one of the most challenging parts of the role was having those difficult conversations with reports, whether about performance issues, or … well let’s face it, everything in the end is a performance issue! Now that I’m an executive coach, I have critical conversations as part of my day job – and I love it!
The other day I was having coffee with a client, and we had a good laugh about our first experience of being managers. Little did our teams know that we were making it up as we went along and scrambling to rectify mistakes before they become disasters.
Many of our clients are looking for ways to respond to the demands of an environment of rapid change and uncertainty. They realise that traditional top-down strategy implementation doesn't always provide the flexibility and creative responsiveness needed to execute on strategy.
Research on neuroscience has mushroomed over the last decade, and leadership experts are tapping into it for insights into organisational and team development. One of the team leader's first jobs, if you follow the advice of Simon Sinek, is to understand how optimal brain functioning might help their team.