Professional Evolution Is Critical
Here’s where the work comes in, because as leaders, we need to understand that what got us here can’t get us there (with a nod to Goldsmith). In other words, to become or even remain successful, executives must be in a mode of constant learning and professional evolution. Besides, rising to the top doesn’t always mean you were best qualified, even with well-designed and executed succession planning.
Development, Development, Development
Today’s executives are uniquely exposed to constituents and flaws that were nearly unnoticeable yesterday but are flagrant today. It’s through constant coaching and development that leaders are able to stay at the top of their game. Top-performing athletes, musicians, military, etc. train incessantly, even if already recognized as top in their fields. What makes us think that executives with way more moving parts and impact don’t need that same level of development?
Studies by both Forbes and Harvard Business show that a strong majority of high-performing executives today have a coach—a professional outsider who can coach, counsel, advise, and act as a sounding board and sometimes a steam vent. When surveyed, well over 90% of those executives without a coach stated clearly they wish they had one.
We call our process “Executive Consulting,” since it morphs traditional behavioral coaching with solid advice when necessary. None of that therapeutic “find yourself” stuff with unicorns and butterflies, our consultants have decades of senior executive experience, and can really assist with an executive’s rapid growth.
At Triangle Performance, we understand senior leadership, and the demands placed on executives today. We can discuss both team-based approaches for the leadership team, or individual executive coaching for those executives looking to become better at what they do.
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If you’re not coaching your employees who is? Chances are it won’t be your best performer! Not coaching your employees is akin to a football coach choosing to watch the scoreboard as his primary strategy for winning the game. Unfortunately, that is what many managers do, they use the scoreboard to tell them there are problems (or successes), rather than being in the game itself.