After having been a manager for many years, then a management professor for the last eight years, I wanted to be more involved with leaders that were looking to really change, to really make a difference. Executive education and seminars are great, but I found that those didn't really focus on the meaningful changes that many leaders wanted or needed. Rather than settle for less, I decided to look into what the academic research had to say about developing leaders. The evidence was clear that coaching, when done well with the right person, resulted in more meaningful and long-lasting change than any kind of weekend seminar or 10-week class.
Developing leaders is not about content, it is about behavior change! You can read every book, attend every seminar, and earn every kind of credential, but that will not make you listen better, trust more, or hold others and yourself more accountable. What works is a process whereby the leader commits to a goal, involves others in the process, and tracks results. Follow up and follow through with humility, courage, and discipline gets powerful results.
My passion is to see leaders change in positive ways through a powerful process. Not so the coach looks good, but so the leader makes important and long-lasting changes in their behaviors which benefit themselves and others in the organization. These growth changes should help achieve business goals for the individual, team, and organization.
I don't really like the word "coach" but it resonates with most people familiar with executive or leadership development. To that end, I am more of a leader development expert; a person who helps others become better leaders. That requires some skills related to coaching, yes, but it also taps into my expertise as a scholar and researcher as well as former manager. Whatever you want to call it, my role is to help facilitate the process by which you will become a better leader.
My approach is not for the timid or those who avoid challenges. You should be ready to change by listening to others, thinking about what they say, responding to their input, putting those things into practice, soliciting feedback and tracking results. My job is to be your "personal trainer" and keep you on course and guide you toward making steady, forward progress over the course of the journey.
You are not doing this alone, either. Those around you will be a critical part of the process from the start--they are your stakeholders, those who have a 'stake' in your success as a leader. They will be along for the journey as you decide on goals, develop an action plan, and figure out what is working well and advise you where to focus your efforts.
If you are interested, I ask that we have brief conversation to help determine if you are ready and willing to take the challenge and if this program is a good fit. I hope you are! -Dr. Josh