Early next week I hope to kick start an Executive Coaching Programme in our company. I had planned to do it today ,through a meeting of minds presentation to the key stake holders of the company but this was not to be, due to time over runs in earlier meetings. Hopefully I’ll be luckier on Tuesday next and the programme can officially take off.
There will be the all important identification of the initial candidates for the coaching intervention and also discussions on a longer term strategy for an ongoing programme. It’s only natural that my current focus will be on making a significant contribution to the company through a coaching initiative and incidentally launch a career for myself as an Executive Coach. This is something I really want to do and from now onwards, I will spare no effort to make this dream a reality.
The first step in the journey was off course to seek certification as an executive coach. Executive Coaching has been in vogue for over a decade in the developed countries , notably the US, and there is reams of information on the subject on the internet .It seemed appropriate to secure certification from the International Coaching Federation through one of its affiliates in India. With this in mind I commenced a hunt for an appropriate training course, to be followed by the formal certification process. It was our company that suggested the Executive Coach Training Programme of the Results Coaching Systems (RCS) which I attended in Feb 2011.
The RCS programme was more than useful for me, as it gave me a very good understanding off a well structured and result oriented coaching programme. It helped me also to examine my own native style of coaching and to iron out the kinks .I do believe I have a natural coaching instinct and have endeavored to be a coach and guide to team members for most of my career ,particularly in the later stages.
The training programme itself, run over three days, was interesting and both interactive and participative as there were just four participants. In many ways this was good as it lead to training structured to the needs of a few participants. I particularly liked the structured result oriented and time bound approach to the RCS Coaching methods. These are attributes that will appeal to corporate, particularly where major changes are under implementation and the pressure for immediate results is very high.
Of the several tools and techniques advocated in the RCS model, I liked the Dance towards Insight and the CREATE model, which are at the heart of the coaching conversation. Listening for Potential and focusing on Vision and Planning rather than on the Problem and Drama are clearly useful aids to effective coaching. I also learned to be sensitive to listening and guiding through questioning and clarifying rather than telling and explaining.
We had several rounds of role plays which helped establish the coaching fundamentals and acquire some degree of confidence in their use. An off line observed session where we had to make an audio recording of a 30 minute coaching session with a colleague and mail the same to the lead assessors , was interesting and also added to the confidence in use of the coaching process. All in the , lead trainer Savita Upponi, did a good job in bring a practical bias to the training programme.
The next step would be to go through the certification process which may involve a six month or more stint in live executive coaching experience .I do hope to complete this formally through the coaching interventions I take up within the company.
Aaahaa for Executive Coaching!!!