Working with an executive coach or leadership development professional may entail individual, team, or group coaching and masterminds. Material can also be shared in workshops, seminars or as a keynote. This FAQ focuses specifically on coaching processes.
Executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals explore coaching from many starting points. For individuals, engagements frequently begin with one or more of the following:
- Clarify a “what’s next” – A leader may be very clear on desired needs or express a less defined “sense” of wanting something more or different. In this engagement, the leader will design and define opportunities and destinations.
- Craft a plan – A goal without a plan is just a wish. Leaders with a clear destination next explore the options that will take them toward a desired change for themselves or their team, new roles, elevating capability or capacity, increase performance and impact, or address problem solving.
- Create momentum – Leaders begin executing, supported by a clear road map with milestones.
- Embrace accountability – Transformation often occurs more quickly and has greater “stickiness” when performance is matched with accountability.
Coaching with Dr. Bingham incorporates weaving in leadership growth and support for both strategic and tactical problem solving on a journey. For individuals who are new to engaging a coach, here’s the process:
- Virtual Coffee – start with a conversation with no obligations. Share your thoughts and ideas. Explore options. If a leader and Dr. Bingham feel like there’s a good match for building a productive relationship, the dialogue will shift to the business side of an engagement.
- Contracting – Dr. Bingham uses “natural language” contracts (not filled with legalese). Please ask any questions to clarify what your choice of engagement entails. Clients will be provided a link to make their purchase and be given a private online space for the duration of the engagement.
- Onboarding – This sets leaders up for success, in terms of scheduling sessions, sharing resources, and integrating with any sponsors. Clients who are sponsored by a company for their engagement may have reporting or checkpoints. A key element is that Dr. Bingham serves as the advocate for the leader being coached and will always act in her client’s best interest.
- Actual coaching is unique to a leader and his or her needs. Dr. Bingham applies multiple methodologies in her work and doesn’t use a “one size fits all” approach. A good coach asks provocative questions to prompt thinking and shares what a leader needs to hear, not necessarily what she or he “wants” to hear. The leader needs to embrace the “work” of his or her desired change.
- Midpoint check – what progress is a leader experiencing? If there’s a sponsor, how are expectations being met or exceeded?
- Continuation through off boarding – the coaching engagement continues and may be extended. When a contract or extension concludes, leaders retain access to complimentary resources and his or her records are maintained according to LEADistic’s records retention for clients. Former clients are free to check in when their engagement concludes. This is a relationship, not a transaction.