Executive Coaching Q&A

Executive Coaching is the art and science of helping people elevate their leadership performance. The purpose of a coaching partnership is to advance your learning to help you meet the goals of your organization and achieve your own professional development aspirations.

An Executive Coach establishes a trusting, confidential one-on-one partnership and creates the space for self-discovery and transformation. Executive Coaches work with leaders through a series of dynamic and collaborative conversations to help them identify and remove their barriers, leading to greater individual performance and better leadership.

The Executive Coach uses focus, experience, instincts, and insightful questions to enable you to retain what you discover about yourself and apply it to the workplace.

Elite athletes benefit from powerful coaching partnerships. In sports, a coach works with the athlete to build on existing skills and talents and to overcome mental barriers. A coach gets them to the next level.

Like world-class athletes, leaders in business face pressure and are expected to deliver results in a dynamic business environment. Established executives and next generation leaders actively utilize executive coaching as a tool for self-improvement. Coaching is especially valuable for leaders encountering new complexities and challenges that come with a promotion.

No, a Mentor is someone who has already traveled the path you want to follow. Mentors provide direction and advice to someone following a similar career path. A Mentor typically knows your industry and business at an expert level and often provides access to key networks.

Coaching focuses on performance improvement. An Executive Coach empowers you to become the change agent for yourself and provides support as you elevate yourself to the next level of performance. 

We all have blind spots and areas we need to develop. When we become self-aware, we can then take steps to correct. We can feel isolated and conflicted when addressing our issues. We are often reluctant to discuss certain topics with supervisors or colleagues or with spouses and partners.

This is where an Executive Coach, working as a trusted confidante, can assist and motivate you to identify and tackle issues that are impeding your ability to advance in your career. Coaching raises your professional aspirations, expectations, and performance.

Executive coaching is not a punishment — it is an investment in your career.

Coaching agreements align organizational goals and objectives with the development plans for established and emerging executives. You set the agenda for each coaching conversation with these in mind. The Coach identifies the core issues and assists you in setting a course of action. 

A typical 60-minute session begins with the Executive Coach asking: “What’s on your mind today?” 

Some common themes and topics that organizations and professionals identify as areas for development include:

  • Managing Change 
  • Onboarding: New Job? New Expectations!
  • Leadership and Decision Making
  • Building Resilience
  • Conquering Self Doubt
  • Earning and Granting Trust 
  • Leaving Your Comfort Zone
  • Finding Work-Life Balance
  • Managing Conflict
  • Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur
  • CV/Corporate Biography document development
  • Interview Preparation – Be ready for your next job interview

Terry was born and raised on the Canadian prairies. He has a direct and common-sense view of business and business relationships. As your Executive Coach, he will focus on your development and success. You will have his full attention and his honesty.

Through active listening, probing questions, and candid observations, Terry will create a positive and safe environment for self-discovery. He will push and challenge you when needed, but always from a position of respect and support. He will hold you accountable for meeting your objectives.

“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”

Ginni Rometty

“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”

Ginni Rometty