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How Trailblazing Tech Companies Use Executive Coaching To Stay One Step Ahead

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Really, coaching is simplicity. It’s getting players to play better than they think that they can.

— Tom Landry

The rapid pace and the quickly changing face of business today means finding the best people and keeping hold of them is more important than ever before. Smart companies know people matter.

And that’s why leading tech companies are turning to executive coaches to make that happen for them. Tech companies not only need to stay ahead with their products but also with their employees. Especially the executives.

In very short, for any company to stay ahead of the pack they need the best people. But what the smartest of tech companies do is look for those emerging C-suite leaders already in their ranks.

Let me explain why this is vital.

I started this article with a sports quote. I did that for two reasons. One, the quote is a perfect illustration of how coaching works. Secondly, and most importantly, I want to make this next point crystal clear.

Elite sports teams (whatever sport you like) pay staggering amounts of cash to bring the best player to their team. Millions, if not soon billions of dollars.

Would it not be better if they could grow their own talent and not have to pay this amount, of course it would.

And today’s tech companies face almost the same challenge as top sports teams. Bringing in the best of the best is expensive. Ruinously expensive. And that’s why they’ve turned to executive coaching to help them identify emerging C-suite leaders.

Promote from within, help people realize their personal goals and aim to have loyal, happy people working for you. That’s good business, right?

Okay, so let’s say we’ve identified our future superstars. Brought them up through the ranks, coached them, paid them handsomely and treated them with respect. It’s quite a shock when they say they’re leaving.

If we take money out of the equation — as C-level people are paid handsomely —then we have to search for the real reasons why people leave. And executive coaches who work with leaders on a regular basis can identify these reasons long before they become significant enough for a person to want to leave. How much could that worth to your business? Keep that figure in mind as we shall touch on it again as you read further down.

Executive coaches can also play a role in the recruitment process. A coach can offer an insight into a potential recruit that generally won’t come out in the standard interview process.

In the same way, an executive coach would work with an individual to avoid applying for the wrong job. They can work with companies and help them avoid employing the wrong person. How much does it cost you to recruit a new executive? Keep that figure in mind as we shall touch on it again as you read further down.

The Changing Face Of The Workforce

More and more companies, especially tech companies are investing in their next generation of leaders long before their current leaders wish to retire.

Effectively, forward-thinking companies are creating a conveyor belt of highly qualified people to promote and grow the company.

Succession planning can make or break a company. If left until the last moment then confidence in the company can drop like a hot rock if key personnel leave and there is nobody to step in an fill the void.

Identifying those people capable of becoming the next C-suite leaders is then, as you know of vital importance not only to the company’s growth but essential to their survival.

An executive coach can work with you to develop a succession planning strategy and begin working with those members of staff who have the mustard to make it to the top and lead the company into the future.

Making Sure The Best Of The Best Stay Your Best And Don’t Defect To Your Competitors

We looked briefly at why retention is so important to a company’s success. But for that reason — the company’s success — let’s look again.

When put to the sword almost all CEOs say that retention of key workers is one of the absolute most critical factors in the future success of the company.

Yes, keeping hold of your best people is an area that needs constant attention.

In my experience, one of the main reasons people leave is because of their dissatisfaction with their chances of promotion to the highest level. Almost all executives I coach state this as the main reason they want out — even above money.

Anyone in business knows that it is far more expensive to recruit people than it is to retain them. What are your recruitment costs?

If a business has gone through the expense of recruiting someone, then having procedures in place to retain them is a given.

One of the most effective ways to retain people is to create a positive work environment. An environment where people feel they have a voice, and that voice is heard.

Creating a positive environment is a matter of respecting basic human desires. People want to feel engaged and they want to be recognized and appreciated for their efforts. A happy employee is someone who sees opportunities for growth within the company.

I’ve read more than once and had a HR professional share with me the following information. You might find it enlightening to know that HR professionals rank C-suite development programs as second only to competitive salaries.

In short, if people can see a path to the top within your company then they are more likely to stay on that path with you. Sound like a win-win situation?

Right Time Intervention Strategy

I don’t need to remind you of the rapid pace of change in business. You might know of a firm that got caught out for not keeping up with speed and complexity of change in the business world.

In today’s world though that change is happening lightning quick. It’s almost become the new normal to be in a constant state of flux.

So, when we look at who and what makes a good employee we focus on how fast they can learn, develop and adapt to change. These are critical skills. But even the best people who naturally have these skills can come up short at times. There is an answer.

The answer is using a right time intervention strategy. That means you put a trainer or coach in front of key people so those key people can adjust and implement new strategies at the same lightning quick speed that change happens.

The Not A Second To Spare Specialized Training Program

Those who use modern business practices are aware that the one size fits all training program is almost redundant — save for lower level employees.

In fact, when it comes to training executives the one size fits all is redundant because the range of skills and knowledge executives now need is so vast.

That’s why those companies who remain at the forefront of our minds use coaches to deliver bespoke training needs to executives.

The reason for this is the flexibility that coaching offers as well as the personalized approach.

Each executive is essentially on a bespoke training plan. They get the training they need when they need it.

I wonder if you can see how all the pieces are fitting together?

A business promotes from within, saving on recruitment costs. They offer that new executive a clear roadmap to the top. Along the way, they offer him or her personalized training to keep moving up to the next level. In return that executive has less and less thoughts about moving to another company.

When an executive feels their voice is heard and receives training specific to their needs, they feel valued — Basic human needs are being met.

Each session they have with the coach helps them plug professional development gaps. That means analysising and approaching the best ways to improve those underdeveloped skills.

Not Quite One Hat Fits All But Close To It

Technology combined with the right people means downsizing. Why have three people do three jobs when one person can handle them all.

Downsizing only works though, when the person who has to start wearing more than one hat can take the leap and keep on taking the leaps.

Downsizing means giving fewer people an increased amount of responsibility. To that end we need to make sure we have the right people, and that we support them on the journey.

Coaching allows newly promoted people to thrive in their positions. It’s time to let go of ‘sink or swim’ thinking.

Professional development using coaches saves money in the long run. As well as what we’ve already mentioned about people feeling happy, coaches can also help executives achieve changes in their role in quick time.

When The Heat Keeps Getting Turned Up, Up, Up…

There probably has never been time before that compares with the pressure on today’s executives.

There is more and more scrutiny coming from every direction. And the truth is executives need to be able to handle this pressure.

Of course, that is where a coach steps in. To help develop within the executives, models and tools handle the increased squeeze.

We know that the performance of our top people is under a microscope. So, let’s give them everything they need to succeed.

How To Figure Out… “What I don’t know about What I don’t know”

Many of my clients ask me to help them figure out what they don’t know about what they don’t know.

In days gone by people wanted to get better at something, usually one thing. Say time management for example.

They knew that time management was an issue for them, so they went and did something about it. Simple.

In today’s business landscape people are trying to figure out what they don’t know. You could say this is pre-emptive training.

When I have a session with an executive trying to figure out what they don’t know, it goes something like this:

The person talks to me and tells me what their working day consists of and I ask them questions to challenge procedures and practices that they use.

I’m not trying to give them new procedures, what I’m doing is helping them think about familiar things in a new way.

This process often leads to people realizing what they don’t know. Then, and only then can the best way forward for the training be assessed.

As the employer, it’s essential to invest in people. But having people who are ready to invest in themselves means you have a superstar on your hands.

What Will It Cost You And Your Business?

This next part might be a little scary. Don’t worry we’ll go through it together.

You’re considering using an executive coach. You have a budget and you want to know the cost.

The cost is straightforward. Just answer this question.

How much will cost you the next time a C-level executive leaves the company for a rival?

Top recruitment firms are known to charge 33% of the total salary of an executive they find and you hire.

Think about how much that is going to cost to recruit someone to fill a big pair of shoes.

Of course, there is the option to promote from within. Assuming of course that the people currently working for have been identified as potential replacements.

Putting someone into a position of authority before they are ready can be disastrous. Even if they were internally recruited.

Of course, we have only looked at the cost of recruitment. What is the cost to your business if a vital cog in the wheel is missing?

Does that mean production will stop, or important meetings to seal a new deal is missed…

You know what the loss of a senior level employee means to your business.

To continue this conversation click here and say hello…

New Leaders Council-Atlanta ” Work-Life-Balance

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Work- LifeBalance is, at best, an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth according to the Harvard Business Review. I do believe it is attainable. The idea of balance allows leaders to choose how they will interact with work, family and community.

But what is balance? It is critical to understand what it is so that you can practice it for yourself. What balance is for you may not be balance for the next person. Over time, life changes and we look at balance differently than when we are single versus when we are married or having children or dealing with ill parents. So, achieving balance is like hitting a moving target on most days.

Balance can be in achieving optimal fulfillment in the areas of work, family, fun, health, spirituality and community.

Balance:

  • Is your schedule balanced?
  • Have you planned your approach to balance?
  • How did you fit the essential compartments of balance into your routine?
  • What is keeping you from maintaining balance?

Beliefs:

  • Do you lead with your authentic self?
  • What do you believe about yourself?
  • Where are the incongruences in your life?

Values:

  • What are the values that guide you?
  • Where my values and beliefs in alignment this week?
  • What am I doing to mature your values?

Behaviors:

  • Are your choices and actions causing you pain?
  • How you project yourself each day?
  • Am you saying yes when you know that you should say no and why?

 

Six Simple Steps to Achieving Balance

  1. Decide how much time is ideal for you in each of the important areas of your life.
  2. Be patient with your yourself
  3. Wisely manage the technology you use everyday.
  4. Create a support network
  5. Get your rest
  6. Make YOU your biggest priority

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Coaching- 2016 is the year for to achieve the results you always wanted to experience.

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Do you want to nail this years projections?

Is your business scaling this year and you want to focus on the processes with your goals?

Are you that business person who is looking for support in one key area?

Then book a call or Skype session with me today!!!

David@ispekalifecoaching.com or direct call me at 404-453-9110

Book Your Future!!!

Secrets to Achievement and Change

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I Speak Life Coaching

Do you have something you want to change or achieve in your life? Maybe you’d like to…

=> Start a business
=> Find new love
=> Get a new career (or a raise)
=> Lose weight
=> Get your child(ren) to behave better
 => Or something else

No matter what you’d like to change or achieve, the secrets to success are the same…

#1: Get clear. As specifically as possible, decide what you want. The more clear you are on what you want to have in your life, the more likely you are to achieve it.

#2: Get perspective. Most people don’t tell anyone what they want or what they are struggling with and because of that they don’t get an outside perspective.

#3: Get support. Very few people (if any) achieve anything great alone. Sports stars have teammates and coaches

Be willing to ask the people in your life to support you.

** Special ZERO COST “Rapid Change” Coaching Session **

Call me at 404-453-9110 or email me David @dsmith.creativexmedia.net

The secret to getting more out of your team.

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If you want to get more out of your team for any of these reasons:

=> Because the number of people on your team has been reduced and yet you’re expected to produce the same or better results.

=> Your team is not producing the results that are expected from you and your team and you’re concerned that your bosses and/or superiors and peers are not going to be happy about that.

=> Members of your team are undermining each other or worse undermining you, causing conflicts and frustrations for you and you’d like to turn your team in to a well-oiled machine.

Then, I’d like to help you squeeze the most out of your team as possible by offering you a special one-on-one “Modern Leadership Mastery Coaching Session.”

During this session we will…

=> Create a crystal clear vision for the results that you want your team to produce, for the way that you’d like your team to interact with each other and for the kind of people you would like to have on your team.

=> Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your success with leadership and team building.

=> You’ll leave the session renewed, reenergized and inspired to create a powerful results- driven team that gets things done so that you can be the office hero and still have a flourishing personal life.

Contact me at David@dsmith.creativexmedia.net or 404-453-9110 to get the results you desire and deserve.

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1 in 6 Married Men are on Ashley Madison

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1 in 6 Married Men are on Ashley Madison website.

 

Marriage is one of the toughest jobs to do, according to a friend, who has been married for twenty years. She went on to say it is harder than “picking cotton” and of course, I laughed out loud at the notion of marriage being that difficult. If anyone knows anything about picking cotton, it is extremely difficult and hard to manage and maintain. As a Life Coach whose clients are predominately female and married the issue of balancing work, family, and civic duties seems to be a driving force in our work together. Women who are working really hard to be their best at work and at home. However with the latest hacking scandal of Ashley Madison, I’m wondering what work are men doing to be their best selves.

 

One author recently wrote that this is a “wake up call for women” and I would like to add for men as well. Men who are bored, underwhelmed, checked-out, lonely, angry and those who feel entitled to have what they want and how they want it, find themselves seeking affection, pleasure and sensations outside of their marriage is in a crisis as well. This hack of Ashley Madison is our wake up call.

 

In my relationship series “ 6 Steps To Creating Lasting Intimacy”, I deal with the true nature of what is missing as it relates to a deeper connection. I’m not creating a one-stop shop fix it for marriage but I’m helping people start the process of asking for what they need within a healthy monogamous relationship.

 

If you want to grow in intimacy, communication, connection, meaningful touch then go to www.ispeaklifecoaching.com and sign up for my email newsletter to learn more about my new powerful relationship series.

Executive Coaching- Leadership, Behaviors and Change

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Organizational leadership is serious business. Leaders impact the climate, culture and environment of their organizations. Organizational leadership behaviors have a direct influence on actions in the work environment that enable growth and change. Leading requires the use of a diverse set of communication techniques to deliver appropriate messages, solicit feedback, create readiness with a sense of urgency and motivate recipients to act. Leaders are responsible for communicating to the organization any new strategies or a new direction for the future. In order for leaders to get employees to participate and produce they must be able to trust you and your leadership style. Leadership style is a driving force for any organization. One of the more effective leadership styles is Transformational Leadership.

Transformational Leadership involves five key elements:

1. Coaching– as process of improving performance and developing synergistic relationship

2. Communication– delivering relevant information with regard to the organization.

3. Motivating– is the influence or drive that causes us to behave in a specific manner.

4. Rewarding– a compensation that recognizes employees for the right performance.

5. Promoting Teamwork– enable members working cooperatively with one another to achieve more than working independently.

To be an effective leader understand your leadership style and your leadership philosophy.

Coaching: Strategy for Achievement and Change

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I Speak Life Coaching

 

Do you have something you want to change or achieve in your life?
Maybe you’d like to…
Start a business
Find a new love
Get a new career (or a raise)
Lose weight
Get your children to behave better
Or something else
No matter what you’d like to change or achieve, the secret to success are the same…
Get clear. As specifically as possible, decide what you want. The more clear you are on what you want to have in your life, the more likely you are to achieve it.
Get perspective. Most people don’t tell anyone what they want or what they are struggling with and because of that they don’t get an outside perspective.
Get support. Very few people (if any) achieve anything great alone. Sports stars have teammates and coaches.
Be willing to ask the people in your life to support you.

This has been your Monday Motivation from www.ispeaklifecoaching.com . To sign up for my “Rapid Change” session reply to this email or email me at David@ispeaklifeoaching.com.

Best,

David

” I Speak Life Coaching” Atlanta Solution Based Coaching

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‘I SPEAK LIFE COACHING’ OFFERS SOLUTION BASED COACHING AND ANGER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS FOR EXECUTIVES AND PLAIN FOLKS
Posted on July 6, 2015
People often think about doing a lot of things in their life but are not sure how to actually implement it in action. Hardships, disappointment, failures often lead to depression and people feel lost not knowing how to utilize their hidden potential. That’s when a Life Coach comes to the rescue to bring clarity into your life and achieve better balance among your professional and personal life. David Shawn Smith an Atlanta based executive whois a professional life coach, having had experience in human development of more than 15 years. Throughout these years, with his interaction with numerous people he has acquired deep knowledge about life and as a life coach he is willing to share his experiences with people who are thriving in life. People these days are evolving with their thoughts and seeking spirituality for which David provides them the right path.
David has expertise in offering executive coaching, life coaching and anger management. Executive Coaching is focused to the individuals and the organizations that are looking for solutions for various aspects. It teaches about the skills which can help develop effective leadership quality among the people in the organization. This program by David will help identify the strengths of the organization and measures that can be taken for the development process and help the managers and executive in overcoming the obstacles and problems they encounter. Executive coaching will also help the organization in succession planning, reducing turnover and conflict management.
Denise Williams, CEO of The Planning Company, LA says, “David has given me the skills to balance my life and remain effective in each job while maintaining balanced and peaceful inner life.”
Through his Life Coaching program David aims to bring out the best potential of the people. This program can help managers, entrepreneurs or anyone else in defining and achieving their goals, to be optimistic and stay happy. He helps people clarify their goals and achieve balance among their professional and personal life. This coaching program is a boon for those who are unable to figure out their purpose and what they want to do in life and helps them identify their passions, interests and the path that can be followed to achieve the same. “David knows how to ask the right questions to bring you to the truth. It’s not always easy work, but David does it with compassion. I’ve been lucky to have David’s ear, and it’s been a privilege to share his insights with my readers,” said Tom Guzzio, Editor, Prodigal’s Chair
The lifestyle changes have led to lack of patience among people, which leads to short tempered nature for which the Anger management program by David can really help. This program can help in building emotional intelligence, self control and developing patience among a person. It also helps a person in improving their communication skills and develops listening skills for better conversations.
More information about the solution focused coaching can be found at:
http://dsmith.creativexmedia.net/
Education Background of David Shawn Smith:
B.A. Communications and Rhetoric
M.S. Leadership and Coaching
Board Certified Executive Coach
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