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Coaching Essentials for Leaders
Brings the Power of Great Leaders to All Managers


SAN DIEGO, October 29, 2003 -- When people are asked to think about great managers or great leaders with whom they've worked, and what it was about them that made them so effective, the unanimous response is that the most impactful managers and leaders have the qualities of a great coach.

Quantifiable and measurable research compiled by Coaching.com—a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Ken Blanchard Companies—shows that coaching can drive improvement at all levels in the workplace, and in organizations of all sizes. The studies reveal that Leaders who utilize coaching skills have more effective teams, higher morale, and better bottom-line results than those who don't. These leaders have high levels of retention of key people, better customer service in their organizations, and higher productivity. People remember them and their impact.

While more and more organizations are asking their managers and leaders to be coaches these days, the dilemma has been how to help them become more coach-like in their behaviors and actions. Coaching Essentials for Leaders focuses on the development and practical application of core coaching skills and a coaching conversation model, enabling leaders to become more 'coach-like' with their colleagues and teams. Through personalized, one-on-one follow-up coaching sessions, leaders are encouraged to apply, evaluate and discuss the effectiveness of their new behaviors.

Coaching Essentials for Leaders was created for leaders who seek to learn and apply coaching skills with others in order to increase their effectiveness and influence within their organizations. Coaching Essentials is dedicated to increasing the participants' ability to integrate coaching into their current leadership style. Leaders who go through this program will be better able to utilize coaching skills to support others in taking focused and purposeful actions that increase their productivity, growth, impact and results.

Coaching Essentials for Leaders does not attempt to make leaders into coaches. By focusing on coaching skills and a coaching process, leaders are encouraged to examine their current behaviors and leadership styles while including and experiencing how coaching skills makes them more effective.

Targeted to senior-level and emerging leaders, managers and others with leadership or supervisory responsibilities, Coaching Essentials for Leaders includes two distinct
segments: a training component to learn and practice the skills, followed by a minimum of three individual coaching sessions to support and apply the learning.
Coaching Essentials for Leaders is offered either on-site or via teleconference. Four areas are threaded throughout the training session: Coaching Skills, Coaching Process, Coaching Practices, and Workplace Application.

“In some companies the extent of the coaching training is a change in title on a new business card,” says Linda Miller, co-author of the program. “Recently I was asked to come in and coach a ‘performance problem’. When I asked what the manager had done to work with this individual, I was told that although the managers in the company are called coaches, this person’s coach didn’t have the time to deal with the problem. It would be funny if it weren’t so common,” says Miller.

“Coaching is a great concept, and its application to management and leadership is obvious. Throwing a concept at something never helped anyone, however,” says Miller. “Coaching is a discipline, with fundamental principles and accepted practices. One of the most fundamental principles is that coaches pay attention and are passionately devoted to the development and best interest of their direct reports. Managers and leaders can and should use coaching skills but it is ill advised to ask them to serve as coaches without training. Coaching Essentials for Leaders specifically addresses this challenge,” says Miller.

Miller, a Master Certified Coach (MCC) oversees all Coaching Services for Coaching.com and The Ken Blanchard Companies. Since her introduction to coaching in 1995, she has focused on the launch and expansion of coaching within the corporate arena. Holding two Master's Degrees, Miller worked for 12 years in the behavioral science field. Since then, she has been coaching and training leaders and their teams, including Allied Signal, Boeing, KPMG, WD40, and Insight. Miller is a founding recipient of the Master Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation and is a member of the National Speakers Association. She is currently responsible for the development of the coaching infrastructure, development and deployment of the coaches and for implementation of major client initiatives.

Madeleine Homan, Master Certified Coach (MCC), and co-founder of Coaching.com and the primary architect of the Coaching.com Platform and coaching process, coauthored the program with Miller. With more than 10-years experience as a Master Certified Coach, Homan was an original advisory board member and senior trainer at Coach University, and is a founder and former board member of the International Coach Federation. Homan’s current responsibilities include process and coaching content development, and the integration of coaching within Blended Solutions offered by The Ken Blanchard Companies. Prior to joining Coaching.com, she was the Head Coach and Project Manager for a coaching initiative at a New York investment bank, which rolled out coaching to support a new competency-based performance system to 2100 employees worldwide.

Coaching.com and The Ken Blanchard Companies—a global leader in workplace learning, employee productivity, leadership and team effectiveness—have conducted extensive investigations on the positive effects of coaching in the workplace. The organizations offer coaching to help people learn new concepts, cross the bridge from "learning" to "doing," and to help drive personal and organizational success.

Additional information about the impacts of coaching is available at 800 993-1600.

Additional information about The Ken Blanchard Companies is available by phoning call 800 728-6000 or by logging onto www.kenblanchard.com.

 

   

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