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 2: Contextual Coaching Commandment: Coach with the Art of Alignment
Contextual Coaching Commandment: Coach with the Art of Alignment
There is a real estate broker in Boothbay Harbour, Maine. He tells the story of a woman who wanted to see a house on the back bay. It was a beautiful specimen with a wrap-around porch. She fell in love instantly and put earnest money down practically on the spot. She brought her husband to Boothbay Harbour the next weekend to show him their beautiful new summer house. The broker had barely unlocked the front door and ushered the husband inside when the woman, who had run around the wrap-around porch to the back, let out a terrifying scream.
‘Where's the water?’, she shrieked. ‘When I bought this ...