Communication style is a major factor to consider when choosing a coach
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 22, 2008
A corporate coaching study conducted by the Georgia Coach Association shows that "the demand for coaching has grown in the past few years and the future looks bright for coaches who can add value and sustainable results to organizations." This increase in demand is largely due to several emerging trends such as "shrinking talent pools that make talent retention essential, the need to develop people faster, and continued succession planning." Other contributing trends include "the emerging workforce of women and other minorities in senior positions who want coaching and objective feedback, and the growing pressure on managers to think fast, be strategic, build relationships, and adapt quickly to change and different cultures."
Leadership Strategies, a leader in facilitation services and leadership training, recently launched professional coaching as its third line of services. The line includes two general segments, 1-on-1 leader and executive coaching, and a training course designed to develop coaching skills within organizational leaders and managers.
"At our clients' requests, Leadership Strategies has offered coaching as an unofficial service for years," explains Richard Smith, Principal with Leadership Strategies. "In our eyes, coaching really is a form of one-on-one facilitation. During a coaching session we encourage, motivate and inspire leaders and executives to stretch and reach their highest potentials. Increased demand for our expertise in this area lead to the development of Coaching as our official third bundle of professional services. Our now three categories of offerings - meeting facilitation, leadership training and coaching - are a perfect marriage of complementary services designed to help organizations and leaders reach a higher level of success."
One of the greatest advantages Leadership Strategies offers is the benefit of choice. The company has a selection of coaches available at any given time. The concept is very similar to the company's National Facilitator Database (NFDB), where organizations can go and hand pick the right facilitator for their need from a group of over 350 facilitators around the world. "Communication style is a major factor to consider when choosing a coach," says Kim Sawyer, a Core Team Coach with Leadership Strategies. "There has to be an agreeable relationship fit between coach and coachee. An individual can interview one, two, even five coaches until they find the right match."
Among those who may find Leadership Strategies Executive Coaching Services especially beneficial are executives responsible for leading an organization through change, high-potential professionals looking to accelerate their development and upward mobility within an organization, teams seeking resolution to issues, and director or manager level leaders aspiring to a higher degree of performance.
In addition to one-on-one coaching, Leadership Strategies now offers Coaching for Excellence - a two-day workshop designed to train leaders how to effectively coach and motivate their teams or direct reports to success. During the course, participants learn the difference between coaching, managing, consulting, mentoring, etc., and are introduced to the concept of emotional intelligence and its role in coaching. They receive an individual questioning guide, emotional intelligence analysis, and a DISC analysis to determine their own communication style.
As an added benefit, those who attend the Coaching for Excellence workshop will receive three 1-on-1 coaching sessions with a Leadership Strategies coach. Individuals can attend one of several upcoming public classes or organizations can customize and hold a private class at the location of their choosing.
Results are what drive both coaching programs, so success is monitored by setting expectations and establishing specific developmental and business goals upfront. Creating a manager, director, and/or executive coaching program, where each individual receives professional coaching on a regular basis, is a very effective way for organization to tap into the potential of their leaders. The end result is almost always improved productivity, improved performance, and overall better results.
About Leadership Strategies
Leadership Strategies - The Facilitation Company - is a national leader in Professional Facilitation Services and Facilitation Training, with training facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Toronto (CA) and Sydney (AU). The company manages the National Facilitator Database (NFDB), a pool of over 350 professional facilitators around the world, and has successfully guided countless Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies to the results they desire. For more information about Leadership Strategies coaching services, or to set up an interview, please contact Bri Pennie at 1-800-824-2850, ext 38, or visit http://www.leadstrat.com.