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Coaching/Sparring with Gabriele

"A ship in port is safe,

but that's not what ships are built for."  
- William Shedd

Enabling the full release of human potential!

There is more to be seen,  discovered and appreciated in everyone of us.

Initiating and supporting an agile and digital leadership culture has been complex and undoubtedly challenging for everyone involved. Expectations from various stakeholders need to be considered, different ideas about strategies and paths taken need to be listened to, discussed and evaluated. At the end of the day, you as the head of the team or the leader of the company have to make the final decision which road to take. No matter which position you are in, you have to anticipate the effects of any decision on to the entire organization. Finding consensus instead of making compromises is the goal. Thus, it is important to encourage your people to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in order to help them to take responsibility of their action.

Breaking new ground, putting strategies and processes to test, maneuvering through transformation and/or reflecting on a more successful management style will be easier using the support of a sparring partner. Developing tailor-made solutions will be faster,  based on broad experiences and accumulated know how.

Our cooperation will support you...

... while performing your daily management and leadership tasks (e.g. shadowing)

... when getting promoted into a new management role with higher responsibility (e.g. more employees, additional divisions, new cultures, new countries etc.) 

... mastering individual transformation situations for yourself or your people (e.g. a termination)

... initiating and implementing a new mindset in the company (e.g. New Work)

... during significant change processes in traditionally managed companies

Starting with analysing the status quo, we will be targeting to find the best solution. We will be discovering resources, potentials and strengths, and also will be working on significant development areas. An optimistic and confident view of the world – no matter what -  has always been the basis of my executive coaching and sparring.  Challenges will be approached fearlessly. Facing facts, evaluating circumstances and interaction with others, and transparent communication will be key. 

The most important step will be taken in the beginning: When the client has understood the issue comprehensively, the solution is mostly obvious. These are the good news. It is my job to support you in this discovery process with feedback, tips, hints, enabling changes of perspective and tailor-made techniques... because everyone is special, has a different background and acts differently.

Coaching examples

Executive Sparring/Coaching:
Using HOGAN-Management Assessments, we evaluated and discussed his potentials/strengths and development areas as a Manager and Executive. In our weekly sessions we focused on: "Interpersonal Skills", "Intercultural Leadership" and "Influencing across Organizations" using research data, business cases, human psychology and behaviour, and focused specifically on „Communication Skills“ for different cultures.

 

Within six months our defined goals were achieved:

  • Managers from different cultures have been connected as a team.

  • Individual resources and talents from different countries and backgrounds were involved in the entire change process.

  • A strategic and operational realignment of marketing and sales has been established in the US organization.
     

His empathic, confident and sustainable communication approach has become visible week by week. After six months, he successfully took over the responsibility as CEO of the US organization.

Sparring Partner for the CEO Latin America

Industry: Manufacturing & Engineering

Topic: Taking over the additional leadership role as CEO of the US division. 

Questions:

  • How can the CEO successfully bring together and realign managers and executives from different countries and cultures (work style, strategy preferences and communication styles)?

  • How can the CEO develop and implement strategic changes and new thinking carried by the entire organization? 

Executive Coaching:

Intensive feedback on status quo of her professional career; use of management assessment tools for her individual management profile as well as self- and external assessments as a manager; subsequent development of objectives and career strategy; corresponding CV revision (STAR technique); social media optimization; interview training; advice on dealing with headhunters; consulting for efficient online job search.

During our coaching sessions, she quickly gained clarity about her specific goals, companies that could match to her profile and she is interested in and would suit her regarding new career opportunities. 

The consulting period had been three months. For each interesting job position she applied for using her new CV documents, she received an invitation for an interview. In addition, she had been enabled to strategically position herself for further career steps at her current employer.

Career Coaching for the Head of Marketing in Germany

Industry: Consumer Goods


Topic: What are the next career steps and where are her most successful career opportunities? 

Executive Coaching:

Analysis of the termination story; feedback on his professional career and its value for companies in Germany; intensive discussions about different management styles and communication cultures abroad and compared to Germany; definition of goals for his next career steps, potential companies and countries; development of a career strategy; CV revision (STAR technique); social media optimization; interview training (telephone, online, on location); networking with head hunters; advice on job search on online platforms in Germany and abroad.

 

The consulting period lasted twelve months until he signed a contract as COO in a new company in Brazil.

Outplacement/New Placement-Coaching for an international COO

Industry: Manufacturing & Engineering
 

Topic: The COO had been a longterm manager and executive for a major German corporation in Germany and abroad. When he returned from his last assignment in Asia back to Germany, he was terminated unexpectedly.