“His in-depth knowledge of the real business world and his excellent communication skills clearly helped our team get to the next level…he deserves kudos for his professionalism, his integrity, and his sincere commitment to our unique needs. Kelly exceeded our expectations as a trainer and consultant and we recommend him without hesitation.” – Liz Galler, Owner, Discount Disposables
Executive Coaching and professional development is a continuous learning process because the leader and manager lessons you learn at one level will fail at the next level. The corporate hierarchy (manager, supervisor, director and executive etc.) game changes significantly from one level in the corporate hierarchy to the next and from one corporate culture to the next. Investing in an experienced Organizational Psychology Coach to help navigate these transitions will provide an immediate ROI, improve your confidence and career path.
Everything in business is accomplished with and through people; understanding their motivations, fears, ego, aspirations and behaviors. Therefore, success in business or subsequent failure can be related to walking down one of two paths:
1). You learn to understand people and their behaviors which will increase your probability of success.
2). Take your chances and “wing it.”
The smart move, therefore, is to introduce yourself to a trusted coach or guide who has gone down this road a few hundred times and can teach, coach and counsel you regarding people, human behaviors, their intrinsic motivations, business structure, strategy, processes, production, culture or political maneuvering which will prove invaluable to your success.
The three broad skills required to consistently achieve and maintain success are:
Before one can effectively engage, coach or develop others one must deeply understand him or herself. It is imperative one works through or at least becomes aware of the conscious and often subconscious road blocks that impede progress. Do you feel like you flow and get the best out of your thoughts, actions and behaviors? Or do you sense that you “hit” and “miss” too often? Would you like to bridge this gap and understand your strengths and limitations more accurately? By improving in this area you will understand others strengths and limitations more accurately which will, in turn, help you manage and lead them more effectively.
How to effectively lead and manage them: By different estimates, one half to two thirds of a leader or managers day is spent dealing with people problems. I coach my clients how to understand human dynamics so they become a more effective role model and proactively impact individuals and the dynamic interplay within groups, department’s and teams. Invest in understanding your colleagues and others at all levels within your organization and learn why they want to help you achieve department and organizational objectives and what steps to take to achieve your goals.
Learn how to influence them rather than be influenced by them: Culture is one of the least understood topics known to executives because it’s not seen as “action oriented” and powerful. However, the ability to understand culture and how to influence it is the most powerful long-term skill a successful LEADER can know.
Essentially, Culture is the product of social learning; ways of thinking and behaving that are shared and proven to be successful over time. I quickly learn about my client’s cultural assumptions and then teach him or her how to read the signs and we begin the journey of understanding culture and how to influence it.
When there is good interaction and trust between leader and subordinates, there will be contributions to team communication and collaboration, and encouragement of subordinates to accomplish the mission and objectives assigned by leadership, which enhances job satisfaction. This plays a large role in whether or not an organization is a happy and healthy place to work. Through communicating and promoting the organizational vision to subordinates, and in getting their acknowledgement of the vision, it is possible to influence their work behavior and attitudes.
A strong culture helps employees give meaning to situations they encounter, improves organizational commitment and performance which can influence attitudes and behavior and reduce internal conflicts.