Coaching executive teams aims at helping them develop their global performance and their cohesion around a shared vision.
Coaching missions range from "strategic coaching" to "crisis coaching" according to the company's context and the team's issues.
Strategic coaching is usually applicable in three situations:
- Coaching a new team: this coaching consists of identifying with the executive team the issues to address in priority (cohesion between its members, leader recognition, common culture, vision sharing, personal and group stakes, regulation capability, communication skills, alignement process, modelling, etc.), establishing an action plan, accompanying the team while deploying the action plan, and helping the team set up a reliable feedback loop to adjust the strategy whenever necessary.
- Coaching a team during its mandate: this coaching aims at reinforcing the team's cohesion, performance and consistency around a shared vision.
- Coaching a team closing its mandate: this coaching consists of helping the team terminate its mandate at best, hand over to the new team in the best conditions, and ensure proper communication to the rest of the company.
Crisis coaching is primarily conducted in two cases:
- Exogeneous crisis: when the executive team must face a crisis of which the causes are outside its realm of influence, the coaching aims at helping the team remain cold-blooded in front of the turmoil, having reliable indicators at his disposal, and keeping the course.
- Endogeneous crisis: when the executive team must cope with an internal crisis or caused by itself, the coaching aims at helping her making her own "survival kit", identifying major problems and their possible resolutions, analysing their systemic effects, adopting more efficient behaviours, establishing a roadmap and implementing it according to a trial-adjustment kind of approach.
The duration of executive team coaching missions varies from five to ten days of team work, spreaded on a period of 1 to 3 years depending on the context. This coaching is generally initiated by a one-to-one coaching of the leader of the team.
Sustaining coaching is also provided. The approach consists of monthly meetings (2 to 3 hours each on a renewable annual period) where the team brings topics or concerns of the moment.
This approach enables the team to stand back versus critical issues and get a global view with the help of a professional coach in a secure environment (see Sustaining coaching).
For further information:
Marc De Wilde
Executive Coaching & Corporate Counsel
Avenue des Croix du Feu 25
B-1410 Waterloo - Belgium
Tel/Fax: +32 (0)2 332.32.11
Mobile: +32 (0)473 94.21.47