Executive Coaching


“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.”

Lao Tzu


What is executive coaching?

Today’s workplace is typically global, fast moving, complex, information rich and activity driven. As an executive, looking around the leadership table, relationships with many colleagues are often influenced by hierarchy, power, competing interests and politics. No wonder that it sometimes feels lonely and “tough at the top”. Working with a coach provides an opportunity to work with a skilled independent third party with no vested interests, an objective and confidential sounding board that can ask incisive questions that both challenge and inspire thinking.

It creates the time and space that executives need to punctuate the narrative of their day, to stand back from conflicting priorities and sort out what is really important in work and life, enabling executives realise what they are truly capable of and fulfil their true potential. Executive coaching offers a dynamic and multi-faceted approach to personal, leadership and business development.

A coach can be invaluable in giving clear, objective feedback and offering insights that the executive cannot always see. At In8 Resources we develop executives by increasing self awareness, inviting them to try new ways of doing things, putting the spotlight on habits and providing encouragement which enables them to excel in areas they may not have even thought possible.

Who is executive coaching for?

Any individual in organisations responsible for leading others including those at the following levels: CEO, Main Board Directors, Heads of Department, Management and high potential first time leaders.

What are the benefits of executive coaching?

When executives are coached, the personal benefits can be massive in terms of presence, confidence, alignment and job satisfaction. However, the real impact is often felt throughout the whole organisation that they lead including improvements in:

  • Clarity of leadership purpose, future vision and direction
  • Strategic and innovative thinking capability and capacity
  • Engagement, motivation and retention of employees
  • Teamwork, collaboration and cross functional working
  • Managing personal and organisational change
  • Emotional intelligence, confidence and resilience
  • Improved productivity, operational efficiency, sales and results


 A Typical Executive Coaching Programme With In8 Resources

1. Discovery Phase

1a) Intake Session

The coach will meet the client on a one to one basis. This is a “get to know you” session to explore who the client is in terms of what is really important to them, their values, motivations, beliefs and any challenges they may face. The coach and client will agree how to operate together to get the best results and elicit potential coaching goals to be shared with the coaching sponsor.

1b) Personal Profiling – may include any of the following profiling methods:

  • 360° degree feedback – one to one coaching and feedback session
  • The Birkman Method® psychometric profiling – one to one coaching and feedback session. Identifies the individual’s everyday interpersonal style and gives unique insights into underlying motivations and needs and the stress behaviours that may arise when these needs are not met
  • Live client observation in the work place via interviews, work shadowing and observation

We believe that one or a combination of any of the above is essential to good coaching, providing a solid basis for building the self awareness needed to facilitate success of the programme. As a minimum we strongly recommend Birkman individual psychometric profiling as a powerful and insightful self discovery tool.

2. Agreeing Coaching Outcomes and Measures

2a) Outcomes Setting Meeting with the client to agree coaching focus and measures to evaluate progress.

2b) Outcomes Setting and Foundation Meeting with client, client sponsor and coach.

Setting the right foundations for the programme is essential for results. Effective coaching programmes generally have the following characteristics:

  • Defined outcomes of client and sponsor for the coaching
  • Measures of outcome achievement and continuous feedback to the coach
  • Client ownership and motivation to change
  • Ongoing support and commitment of the client sponsor in the organisation to support the client during and after the coaching programme is completed

This meeting will cover these aspects and explore the most appropriate programme to meet the client’s needs.

3. Coaching Phase

Regular one to one coaching in person held on a monthly or bi monthly basis – each session 1.5 – 2 hours held monthly. Sessions may be carried out face to face or by telephone or a combination of both. In addition, the number, duration and location of sessions may be varied to suit the wishes of the client. The client will set the agenda in advance and agree them with the coach at the start of each session. At the end of each session, clients will reflect, summarise their learning and agree relevant actions.

4. Completion

Final Completion Meeting with client, coach and sponsor to harvest key insights, learning and plan future development, identifying support needed.

3. Additional Elements

Assignments, reading lists, articles and video resources will be offered to the client to support learning.

Full telephone and email support will be provided during the programme and for up to three months after the programme has finished.

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