Updated: Feb 20, 2020
In a nutshell, this quotation from Mark Twain makes clear what executive coaching is all about!
When confronted with challenges, we usually rely on test-and-tried responses. Which is not neccessarily bad, as any test-and-tried procedure for sure is quick and often response-time matters.
But being alert pays only half the rent if your reaction is not up to the challenge.
High-quality coaching enhances your resilience and multiplies the options you can choose from.
Like how a highly respected doctor practices medicine, good executive coaches rely on experience: both of us at Twisters Management Consulting LLC have managed teams of up to 35 direct reports, amounting to about 25 years of joint leadership practice.
Good coaching needs a well researched map that gives you guidance during the coaching process: our guidance very often is related to evidence-based management and applied psychology as well as tools that have been developed by well known players, such as the "Center for Creative Leadership".
Be aware that the map is not the territory! Qualified coaches have learned to go beyond the tools and drive the coaching process by asking the right questions: inquiry is what really provokes new leadership activities helping a coaching client step by step to reach out of his or her comfort zone and to acquire refined and enriched practices.
"From diagnostics to road-mapping to goal-setting, and implementation-support, executive coaching is all about the right mix of mindfulness, respect, and tipping-point challenge for any coachee."