Overview

Executive Coaching is an experiential development process that builds capabilities to achieve short and long term goals. Ascent Coaching provides both one-on-one and group coaching services. The process is driven by data gathered, with respect and trust, from multiple sources within and outside the organization. The coach and executive then work together to achieve maximum personal and organizational impact. The diagnostic process is designed to drive clear and inspiring direction, identify key levers for change in the environment and generate the focus and energy for action.  

Unlike business consultants, executive coaches will not provide advice for you or your organization. What the coach will provide is objective observation and reflection of your situation so you can more clearly see your options and strategies going forward.

Engaging a coach for a company’s executive is a reflection of that person’s value to the corporation. The methods Ascent Coaching applies are the most advanced available today to equip leaders with immediately usable leadership skills. This is because we begin with the principle that our clients already embody the very best leadership talent and potential. Clients are constructively confronted with that perspective and then held accountable to make the personal changes necessary to become the best possible leaders they can be for their teams and organizations as they move from intention to action. Executive Coaching doesn’t just benefit the executives being coached, it also directly impacts the people they work with, everything an executive does at work involves at least one other person above, below or at peer level. Great coaching is therefore transformational for the individual as well as their organizations as it positively impacts people throughout the company by improving their communication skills, decision making, collaboration and cross-functional relationships.

Coaching is now part of the standard development training for elite executives and talented up-and-comers at IBM, Motorola, JP Morgan Chase and Hewlett Packard. These companies are discreetly giving their best prospects what star athletes have long had: a trusted advisor to help reach their goals” – CNN.com

Executive coaching is one of the most effective management development tools for helping current leadership unlock greater skill and for growing future leaders. It strengthens the leadership bench by providing growth opportunities for top employees. For high-impact leadership development coaching is a smart investment that will pay immediate dividends as well as advance your company’s long-term goals.

Watch the Ted Talk below on why you need a coach and download our complimentary e-brochure, which answers "Frequently Asked Questions" on the Ascent Coaching experience.

The Executive Coaching experience creates lasting change and helps the executive achieve long-term success. It does this by emphasising two key personal assets: Self-Awareness and Action.

The relationship built between executive and coach helps the executive understand their needs, values and belief systems, as well as help the executive gain a greater awareness of their strengths and limitations. Executives learn what motivates and inspires them and become more honest about what their capable of achieving.

“Success comes from those who know themselves – their strengths, their values and how they best perform”

Peter Drucker

In this TED Talk, Surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande shares what he's found to be key to performing in the face of complexity: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of reality, to instill positive habits of thinking and to break actions down and then help build them up again.

Being a self-aware leader means knowing what you feel and think and being aware of how you act. Through coaching the executive learns to be in touch with their needs, values, belief systems, emotional and intellectual intelligence, strengths and limitations. The executive will understand what really drives them, they’ll be truthful and honest about who they are and what they can do – their capabilities, performance and potential.

When executives leverage self-awareness, they improve their performance by capitalising on their strengths and minimizing the number of mistakes. Self-aware employees develop excellent decision-making abilities as a direct result of their self-knowledge. They identify opportunities for success that help them thrive in their careers.

N.B.: Not all Executive Coaches are Created Equal!

Coaching, like other emerging professions (e.g. project management) and other established professions (e.g., architecture) is essentially a hybrid profession incorporating elements from many different disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of business coaching makes it more challenging to define its body of knowledge. This is made more so when the major coach accreditors don't clearly distinguish between true executive coaches and life coaches who operate in the corporate space.

Whether working in the corporate or private sphere of life, a personal ("life") coach collaborates with a coachee in a highly interactive working partnership for the purpose of assisting the coachee on clarifying what they really want from life. These coaches are seen as strategic partners and facilitate enhanced life satisfaction. Together the life skills coach and coachee work on setting more effective personal goals and new strategic actions, and on staying focused and accountable so that the coachee may lead a more successful and satisfying life, both personally and professionally.

True executive coaches on the other hand, engage in meaningful communication with individuals in businesses, organizations, institutions or governments, with the goal of promoting success at all levels of the organization by affecting the actions of those individuals. The discription is a subtle one but is significant in its application. Ascent Coaching subscribes to the following definition of what it does:

We engage in regular, structured conversation with a "client": an individual or team who is within a business, profit or nonprofit organization, institution or government. The goal is to enhance the client’s awareness and behavior so as to achieve business objectives for both the client and their organization. Such coaching enables the client to understand their role in achieving business success, and to enhance that role in ways that are measurable and sustainable. The coaching process may take different forms (e.g., individual or team coaching) and involve different goals (e.g., problem solving, career and succession planning, leadership/executive development, creation of high-performing teams), but throughout there is a clear focus on the business objectives of both the client and the organization. This dual focus is what distinguishes our firm from the average "Executive Coach" in the market.

You may find a  recent white paper, produced by the firm, which discusses this confusion in greater depth useful:    

Clients who choose Ascent Coaching take action. Your coach will make sure that an outcome-based action plan is created and followed. This starts with ensuring the client is fully committed to the coaching process and dedicated to take the necessary time required to create success. When obstacles or roadblocks appear your coach will work with you to take concrete and positive steps forward. The main focus is to produce results, change behaviour and enhance performance.