For many, 2016 was characterised by disconnection and social isolation. A feeling that change was moving us ever further from our values and vision. Global uncertainty and upheaval did nothing to satisfy our need to connect to purpose and meaning. So what will your employees expect of you this year?
When was the last time you were truly happy at work?
A week ago? Maybe months or years ago?
It's tempting to think that we're stuck, that we need to be thankful for having a job at all and that getting paid is all that matters. While I absolutely don't doubt the power of our financial need to work and the need to put food on the table and a roof overhead, a pure focus on money has somehow given us permission to believe that we don’t deserve to be happy at work.
Being an executive coach can be a humbling process at times. Particularly when a client really begins to open up and let you into their world. It becomes a connecting, warts-and-all look at the life and inner workings of a leader. These conversations of course come from a foundation of great trust, but delving into this is necessary. Most often what holds a leader back from greatness, overcoming challenges and breaking through barriers is fear. The other four letter word. Fear of failing, fear of being rejected, fear of success, fear of the judgements of others. Insight, confidence and taking action are the antidotes to fear from my experience with leaders.
Choosing an effective coach for your leaders can be a daunting prospect. As there is no universal set of qualifications that ensures success, great coaches can come from a range of backgrounds. So how can you go about choosing a coach that will provide the best return on investment?
Scalability is a word that is often connected with significant organsiational development projects. It needs to be big, and it needs to be for everybody. Sometimes there is a genuine requirement to assist large numbers of people at one time, however this type of one size fits all project can come with some unintended side effects.