So what is NLP Executive Coaching?
NLP Executive Coaching is a unique partnership between coach and client. In this partnership a ‘coaching space’ is formed where the client explores change, fresh thinking and new insights. The client states the current challenges and objectives. The coach uses specialist techniques to facilitate a process where the executive broadens his/her horizons and can explore new choices of action.
How does it work?
The initial meeting is face to face and will include the coach conducting a full inventory of the different aspects of the executive’s business life. Sometimes the executive will want to work with personal issues as well.
The Executive Coach will then help the client categorise the key areas of development and prioritise objectives. From there, the job is to create momentum where problems can be resolved, challenges managed and new levels of performance reached.
Professional Coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into considering new choices.
How is NLP Executive Coaching different from other forms of Coaching?
Neuro Linguistic Programming is the field that explains how different people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. The coach trained in Neuro Linguistic programming has at his finger tips some of the most powerful models of change ever developed. NLP provides clients with psychological change in a short time frame, without the stigma of therapy and without the coach having to know the ins and outs of the client’s personal problems.
NLP Executive Coaching accelerates the client's progress by utilising NLP tools for rapid change in the individual. NLP helps clients crystallize their futures with clear thinking and then take effective action. Coaching concentrates on where clients are today and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be tomorrow. The main basis of NLP Executive Coaching is to help people create future realities that are much bigger than their past.
Most forms of coaching are left-brain oriented and analytical in approach. Most coaches know little about how the brain works and the unconscious motivators that hold the client back. The NLP trained coach on the other hand understands human behaviour at a far deeper level than your typical coach and has models and tools to easily deal with the current issues and help the client focus attention on new horizons.
Coaching is a young and rapidly growing profession
Formal executive coaching has only been around since the mid-1980s. The field has started to grow exponentially. A Harvard Business School study predicts the $1 billion market is set to double.
Some large companies, like IBM, Marriott and Cisco Systems, have recognized the benefits of coaching and are training their staff to provide these services in-house. Business schools are also just now starting to offer classes with executive coaching content.
Coaching is all about the individual client
The reason coaching is so effective is that it's not a generic ‘one-size-fits-all’ program. Each client/coach relationship is a bespoke session. The coach works with the client on the key issues in a confidential manner. The original inventory that is taken enables the coach to facilitate change in a way that fits with the client’s goals.
The background and skills of the Executive Coach
It is not essential to have a business background to be an Executive Coach. It does help if you have an understanding of business as the client may talk about business models in the session. Executives and entrepreneurs are usually strong characters. It is important that the coach has strong leadership skills as part of the coaching may be to robustly challenge the client.
Some coaches specialise in areas such as financial management, marketing, public speaking and so on. These coaches have specialist knowledge and skills and are hired for their expertise as well as coaching skills.