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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.

Contextual Coaching Commandment: Coach Through an Organizational Lens by Establishing a Coaching Coalition
Contextual coaching commandment: Coach through an organizational lens by establishing a coaching coalition

Keeping the voice of the organization alive in every coaching conversation and aligned with the context of the global enterprise requires the establishment of a four-cornered coaching coalition (see Figure 4.1); a group of interested, invested and involved stakeholders that usually includes (at the very least) the coach, the coaching client, the coaching client's manager and an organizational sponsor—usually an HR, talent or organization development (OD) partner. This coalition not only gives voice to the organization (as you saw illustrated in Figure 3.1), but it also constitutes the organizational lens and keeps all enterprise-wide organizational coaching engagements enterprise-wise. Your ...

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