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Everyone needs a coach.  - Bill Gates

We provide individual, confidential coaching for mid-career managers.  They might be recently promoted or part of a succession plan; some want coaching on a major project.  Their titles might be CEO, Executive Director or Officer, or Division, Regional, Product or Branch Manager.  They usually have or will have P&L responsibilities.  They all need to work cross-functionally.   

 

They have in common chronic curiosity about how things connect, inside and outside their organization.  They must be systems thinkers.  People new to management might want to participate instead in our workshops or general training programs.


“I had been promoted because of my operational expertise, but when I got a Regional Manager slot, I had to think about my knowledge gaps.  I realized you can’t learn about general management just from management meetings, and I didn’t have the time or money for an MBA.  Derrick’s coaching not only helped me fast-track my career but helped me serve my team and company much better.”

 


HOW WE WORK

We can fit most people’s needs and schedules, but we do require a serious commitment.  Our first meeting is to learn about the client’s backgrounds, aspiration and needs.  If coach and client agree to continue, we then meet monthly for a year, with mid-month check-ins.  The client completes whatever work they agreed to do and prepares for each meeting with discussion questions.  The coach’s role isn’t to solve problems, but to ask provocative questions, suggest resources and provide encouragement.

 

All our work together is on “live” issues.  This in effect makes coaching self-funding.


WHAT WE WORK ON & WHY

  • Working knowledge of all six management functions (see Level 3 of the GM's Index)
  • Tools for planning, analysis and project management (see the GM’s Toolkit) for cross-functional work
  • Where to find resources for general management and “soft” skills, to be a life-long learner
  • Communications skills, particularly writing and presenting for clarity and persuasion
  • The “3C” characteristics of leadership:  courage, curiosity, compassion (article)

THE BIG BENEFIT

We believe silos get built and communication breaks down because people have not been provided enough understanding of what each department contributes.  How can people appreciate each other if they do not really know all that they do?

 

People who have received our coaching can help everyone achieve  great things, and, more important, help build a genuine culture of collaboration.  This makes organizations unstoppable.

 

Information about our coaching staff is hereContact us to learn more.




We help people achieve great things together.


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