As an extension of executive coaching, we serve as confidential advisors, acting as a sounding board and providing counsel on wide range of situations in which an impartial outside perspective can help inform an executive’s behavior and decision-making.
Leaders need to have problem-solving conversations that help them come to terms with emergent situations and stressors, do brain-storming, and engage in blue-sky thinking.
“Today’s executives face more pressure than at any other time in history. . . . One effective way of dealing with the pressures of the job is for leaders to have sparring partners who help them explore the challenges they face. . . . [They can benefit from having external people] act as impartial sounding boards free of the politics that are all too prevalent in organizations. As executives move up the corporate ladder, feedback about their performance progressively diminishes. But the loss of feedback can be career limiting; it creates gaps in how leaders perceive themselves, and how others perceive them. And the wider the gap, the greater the likelihood of a leadership crisis, and the greater the resistance to change.”
– INSEAD Professor Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries