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 10: Contextual Coaching Commandment: No Data Left Behind
Contextual Coaching Commandment: No Data Left Behind
Coaching is heuristic at its very core. As a problem-solving solution, coaching (especially in executive environments) employs self-awareness and self-discovery. If the problem is that someone in institutional authority needs to correct counterproductive, sub-optimal executive behaviour and/or simply needs a coach to help develop undeveloped potential, thus preparing the emerging or established leader for expanded responsibilities, much of the growth will leverage general assumptions, rules of thumb, educated guesswork, intuitive judgment and common sense. The behaviours coaches help leaders develop are largely axiomatic in that they seem obviously beneficial.
In examining the contextual coaching commandments, it should be obvious by now that, if executive coaching is truly conducted through an organizational lens ...