Executive coaching is one of the most expensive investments organizations make in leadership development. Yet, conducting executive coaching engagements as individual, disconnected assignments with nothing to guarantee alignment, continuity, and cultural consistency is an expensive mistake at best. In Enterprise-wide Coaching, Dr John Hoover skillfully uses his decades of experience in consulting organizations and coaching individuals to suggest how and why coaching leaders should be aligned with organizational goals and must keep the voice and interests of the organization alive in all coaching engagements. The Ten Commandments will also help managers of coaching functions in organizations and the coaches they hire to design and structure organizational coaching engagements through an organization development lens. This will ensure that the coaches paid for by an organization for the purpose of developing, correcting, or enhancing management or leadership skills and behaviors in individuals and groups will work in tandem with the organization’s talent, leadership, and global business strategy, thereby producing maximum return on the coaching investment.
Chapter 1: Contextual Coaching Commandment: Coach in the Context of the Organization
Contextual Coaching Commandment: Coach in the Context of the Organization
Contextual coaching means coaching in the context of the organization or, if you prefer, coaching through an organizational lens. As mentioned in the introduction, it means aligning what leaders do best with what the organization needs most. Enterprise-wide alignment between leadership development, of which executive coaching is the purest form, and corporate strategy is critical to successful executive development, not to mention optimal execution of the organization's most pressing organizational needs.
Without compromising any of the confidentiality, craft and reflective practice that help make executive coaching the most powerful (and expensive) individual leadership development intervention available, elevating the voice and presence of the organization in coaching ...