EXECUTIVE COACHING

Intensive, one-on-one coaching is designed to create real, powerful and sustainable increases in leadership effectiveness and results.

Everyone who is committed to excellence needs a coach. Tiger Woods understood that his game would not improve without the assistance of someone who looked from the outside and was qualified to make suggestions that were not obvious to him.

Executives carry great responsibility to act for the welfare of their stakeholders, to see beyond the day-to-day activities and to optimize their positioning in the marketplace. With such rapid change in the economic landscape, the need for expanding skill sets and perspective is inescapable.

Business coaching services focus on assisting successful leaders to increase their effectiveness and expand their impact. It deals with issues such as:

  • Identifying and removing obstacles to success
  • Leading through inspiration
  • Using time effectively
  • Empowering through delegation
  • Understanding and leveraging your genius and the genius of your people
  • Minimizing drama in your life and workplace
  • Quickly learning from feedback
  • Resolving interpersonal conflict
  • Learning how to create success
  • Removing “upper limits”

Coaching is a confidential process that takes part in person and over the phone. It requires mutual initiation of issues, gracious insight, identification of actionable changes, and accountability.

Our goal is to equip leaders with the skills necessary to make a powerful and positive impact in the workplace and in the world.

Optimizing communication, creativity and collaboration within business teams.

Today’s business relies heavily upon the efficacy of teams. Research clearly shows that decisions made by teams are consistently better than those made by individuals. Jack Welch said that those who see reality most clearly have the competitive advantage. Teams bring together multiple perspectives such that individual biases are reduced and the likelihood of seeing reality clearly dramatically increases.

The executive team of an international, Chicago-based manufacturing company was having difficulty making decisions. Issues were argued persistently as strong-willed people focused their energy on persuading and made little room for listening to one another. Learning new communication skills streamlined their debate and led to quicker, better decisions with greater support.

A sales team was unwilling to share information with one another, each person fearful of being “scooped” by his or her peer. Their resistance was limiting their ability to assist each other and to win bigger deals that required more collaboration. Assisting the team in developing a greater vision of success got them unstuck and opened the pathway to productive sharing of information.

We teach teams how to:

  • Collaborate effectively, subjecting individual interests to create the group “win”
  • Speak candidly with one another
  • Expand creativity and idea generation
  • Increase and demonstrate appreciation for one another
  • Decrease drama within the team
  • Create a clear vision of success
  • Strategize effectively
  • Focus on driving results collaboratively

These engagements involve an initial assessment of team function followed by an action plan.

Action plans involve:
  • A half-day offsite for skill training
  • A once per month 2-hour skill training program

Effective work teams will radically increase productivity and employee satisfaction. We can make a difference in your company by “tuning up” your teams.
Enhancing the leadership skills and maturity of talented people within your organization.

High-potential employees are the lifeblood of your company’s stability and success. Attracting and retaining these talented employees is a critical success factor in today’s competitive marketplace. Unfortunately, mentoring and training these valuable resources often takes a back seat to daily business demands.

Leadership Training is a cost effective and potent investment in these high potential people. This program delivers an agenda for growth that seasons young leaders and prepares them for promotion within your organization.

The following components are included:

  • A personalized feedback process that gathers thorough information on their current strengths and development needs through interviews with key people.
  • Personality testing.
  • Personal interviews.
  • A comprehensive Development Plan that includes all of the preceding data and recommendations for key learning and skill development.
  • Leadership coaching to ensure that the insights gained are actually put into concrete action.

This program is ideal for companies that do not have an “in-house” training and development program and who recognize the need to reward and invest in their high potential employees. Our goal is to equip these young leaders to make a powerful positive difference in your company and in the world.

The CEO of one of our client companies engaged in this process to check it out. He was impressed enough to roll it out to his direct reports. Now he has elected to invite four of their high-potential employees per quarter to participate in this program. His leaders are seeing new ways to add to their effectiveness; often beyond their formal job description. They are more excited, better focused and exerting more leadership. Feedback and results are so positive that they have made it a permanent part of their leadership development.
Every team and company has a culture. Your culture is the accumulation of the values and behaviors that define how you operate.  Cultures that develop without intentionality often include bad habits, we might call "sludge", that get in the way of progress. A few examples of sludge are drama, gossip and unresolved resentment.

Some teams and companies actually choose their culture. They decide on the specific values and behaviors will drive results and then consciously teach, measure, recognize and reward them. 

Dr. Skeen can assist you in defining your current culture, determining your preferred culture and then creating the plan to make the transition.  The right culture is a game-changer.
“Jack believes that every person has a special gift that he calls your “genius”. When you know your “genius” and align with it, work stops feeling burdensome. It becomes an expression of your creativity. It actually gives you energy and feeds your vitality.

He developed a process he calls your “Roadmap” to discover your “genius”. It includes personality testing, interviews with people who know you well and personal time with Jack and culminates in a lengthy report with clear guidance and specific recommendations for change.

Your “Roadmap” can change your life forever as many people have experienced.”