Coaching for Corporate Executives

(As Well as Those Aspiring to Be)

Executive coaching usually consists of helping executives develop certain business and leadership skills. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t go far enough. After all, an executive is not just a business person, but a human being with dreams and aspirations, personal difficulties and challenges.

For example, a CEO, or any executive for that matter, might initially appear to be successfully advancing in his or her career. But if the executive opened up to you, you might discover that he or she felt stuck, unable to take their career in an interesting and meaningful direction. Even an executive who appeared to be risk-­‐adverse and stodgy on the outside, might have an inner-­‐adventurer and explorer, longing to take on exciting new projects.

Only an holistic form of executive coaching — an approach that helps develop the entire man or woman — can help a person get unstuck, and moving in a positive direction. Dr. Dillof has designed his executive coaching with that in mind.

Emotional Intelligence

While most executives are quite intelligent and knowledgeable in their business specialty — such as finance, marketing, operations, etc. — they often lack what has come to be called “emotional intelligence.” Consequently, they unwittingly bring their personal problems to the workplace, much more than they realize.

For example, a book appeared some years ago, with the intriguing title, “Your Boss is Not Your Mother.” When executives and their staffs bring unconscious inner conflicts to bear upon their actions and decisions, there is sure to be interpersonal conflicts as well as other problems.

The Illuminated Executive

But, emotional clarity, while vitally important, is not sufficient to make a person a great executive. Peter Drucker, the brilliant business thinker, described his ideal executive as a person who is a lifelong learner, open to new ideas, experiences and insights. Alas, as Dr. Drucker noted, that ideal is far afield of the average executive.

Here, then, are some of the valuable skills that Dr. Mark Dillof can help you attain:

1. Attitude: Your relation to your particular profession is vitally important. Is it all about money? Do you actually like the work you do, in all of its details? If not, don’t despair. It’s possible to learn to like it.

2. Self-­‐knowledge: Willy Loman, the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman,” didn’t know who he was. If he knew who he was, he would have chosen a profession that he was better at. There’s much to be said, then, for knowing our strengths, weaknesses, and everything else about us. Then, we can proceed in a direction that is most in accord with our abilities.

3. Interpersonal skills: Success usually depends upon getting along with other people, making connections, and personal confidence and charisma. In the famous case of Lee Iacocca the ex-­chairman of Chrysler, it meant being able to convince the government to give his company a bailout.

4. Business savvy: Learning the secrets of “rainmaking” are usually as key to success as are being good at what one does. Fortunately, it’s a good deal easier learning the secrets of practice building than it is to know oneself.

5. Understanding of life: Ultimately, to be happy, you need to grasp the big picture. That’s where philosophy enters in. Amidst difficult times, you need to know that “This too shall pass.” Fail to grasp it and you will soon burn out. Grasp the big picture and you will smile like a Buddha, as you enjoy life’s rollercoaster ride. Dr. Mark Dillof has, for may years, been helping executives — and those seeking to become executive become happy and successful in their profession. He can help you to attain the insights necessary for you to similarly achieve professional success.

The Next Step???

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