What is executive coaching?

The Archer

When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets.
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed. But the prize divides him
He cares. He thinks more of winning than of shooting.
And the need to win drains him of power.

— Chuang Tzu

Executive Coaching is a one to one, mutual relationship between a professional coach and a client, contracted for the client’s benefit – who has accountability for complex decisions and with a wide scope of impact on an organization. The focus of coaching is often around organisational performance or development, and may also include a personal component.

Integral Coaching is a skillful way to develop a Leader’s self awareness to expand upon how they observe their world, and how their Way of Being affects their Impact and Influence as a Leader. The learning is experiential and the client finds their own solutions, as perceptions change and shifts begin to take place. Coaching involves trust, respect and mutual freedom of expression. The coaching program is tailored to the client’s agenda and requirements.

In our current times, organisations are re engineering themselves and experiencing tough downsizing, whilst working in multi-cultural environments. Employees no longer stay with one organisation for their entire career and organisations look to retain their talent. Coaching is a way of working with people so that they become more competent and fulfilled, so they are able to contribute to their organisations and finding meaning in what they do.

Integral coaching is about long term excellent performance, self correction and self generation, and works on the basis that the individual is filled with potential, allowing the client to uncover their own possibilities and find solutions by expanding the lens through which they see their own situation. Today, leaders need to generate strategies that make sense in the larger systems within which global corporations now operate.

The Benefits of Integral Coaching:

  • Self awareness, self observation and self correction of leadership behaviour on a sustainable basis
  • Improved leadership, team work and management
  • Improved impact, influence and performance
  • Better interpersonal skills and relationships
  • A capacity for embracing change and new paths