We believe that coaching is most helpful and has the greatest chance of supporting real change when it is both grounded and practical. It needs to be grounded in the experiences and requirements of the client’s particular world and have a practical focus on helping the client tackle his or her most difficult leadership challenges with new skills and perspectives. Because our coaching comes from a rich and varied theory and practice space, we’re able to ask different questions and help clients look at the whole system of their organisations–and their leadership. These questions lead to new insights for clients who are able to see a bigger picture and recognise solutions where they were once stuck.
What do we next in the face of considerable uncertainties? How can we chart a path for the next five years or beyond? In what way should we position our organisation for success? What is our best response as a leadership team? What will it take to get us beyond our functional roles and actually work together as a team?
Groups do not get to become effective teams–able to respond to fresh challenges and gnarly perennials–by happenstance, or even by managing the routine together week in, week out. Senior teams need support to learn how to be at their very best together, especially when they are pushing the boundaries, tackling hard issues, or looking out to the longer term. This support can take a number of forms, and we match our facilitation to the needs of the client in each setting.
At Cultivating Leadership, our partners have a diverse set of areas of expertise, and we are all happy to speak at conferences, leadership retreats, and other places interesting people gather to learn new things. Our speeches are customised to the audience and the event, but they are rarely what pops into mind when you hear the word “speech.” Instead, our talks are almost always conversational—where everyone gets to learn from everyone else. Whether the group is twelve or twelve hundred, we work to keep people engaged, interactive, and learning.