Realizing Career Aspirations
We guide executives in navigating personal, professional, and organizational realities en-route to realizing their career aspirations.
Our Executive Coaches are typically engaged when business leaders face significant career setbacks, many of which directly challenge their sense of purpose, confidence, and self-esteem.
Perhaps the most frequently cited triggers of this self-doubt and uncertainty are the loss of a job, being overlooked for a long-anticipated promotion, and business failure. Paradoxically, starting a new position, securing the long-sought-after promotion, and achieving tremendous business success are also common triggers.
Engagements begin with open discussions about skills, successes, challenges, and goals. We explore organizational and other contextual factors to understand the obstacles encountered. Various assessment instruments including the Hogan, Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), The Leadership Preferences Inventory (LPI), DiSC Profiles (Workplace, Management, Work Of Leaders), Locus of Control, and 360 Degree Feedback instruments are completed to hone in on strengths and challenges. When appropriate, managers, peers, direct reports, and customers are also interviewed.
Ultimately, salient feedback themes, insights gained through the assessments, guided introspection, and extensive dialog are distilled, documented, and analyzed.
We work closely with you to craft an Executive Development Plan outlining robust cognitive and behavioral strategies to maximize your overall effectiveness and realize career goals. That's the easy part!
Executing the Executive Development Plan is far more complicated and requires discipline and perseverance. We provide the ongoing one-on-one coaching support and guidance necessary to do so.
Motivated leaders who accept and act upon the objective and constructive guidance provided achieve significant gains in a short period. Are you ready to start your executive coaching engagement?
Frequently Cited Triggers Of Self Doubt And Uncertainty
Low Emotional Intelligence
"If I hear I have low EQ one more time, my head is going to explode. I know it is important, but I am not convinced I can change - I need guidance in translating the theory into action that will be recognizable to my peers and executives alike"
Poor People Skills
"I always thought that my technical skills were what distinguished me from my peers. I was not prepared for the seismic shift when moving into an executive role. Now my leadership and soft skills are more important than my technical skills. I need help in developing my emotional intelligence and related soft skills if I am to be successful in my new role."
"Another organizational restructuring is underway, and it is unclear how or whether I fit in. For the first time, I realize that I need to make the massive changes in my approach and attitude if I am to keep my job. I can't mess this up."
Passed Over Again!
"I have been passed over for promotion again, and I need to understand why. The feedback from my boss has been direct, harsh and in most cases accurate. I have significant professional gaps to address - I don't know where to begin."
No Work Life Balance
"Something has to give! I have been completely swallowed up by my job! While fun, exciting and engaging it is incredibly demanding. I can't continue to work 70 hrs a-week. I will be dead or divorced by the end of the year if I do not restore some balance in my life. Where do I sign up."
In A Dead-end Job
"I hate my job and can't stand going to work each day. Sure it pays the bills, but I need more! I think it is time to move on? I can't make the same mistake again - I need to make the right career move. I need to find a job that offers purpose and meaning. It is no longer just about the money."
I Need A Career Change
"I thought that getting the long-awaited promotion would finally put me in the role I was born to have. This could not be further from the truth. Rather, the promotion simply highlighted the need for a career change! I hope it is not too late for me to start the career I always wanted."
Failed Business Venture
"I put my heart and soul into my start-up business and lost everything! My self-confidence shot and at an all-time low. I know I need some help to get back in the saddle, but I am reluctant to ask for help - it is not in my nature."
Not Executive Material
"After 10 years in management, our CEO told me that I don't have what it takes to be an executive within the company. Apparently, my leadership and people skills are lacking. I wasn't even allowed to apply for the job! Something has to change - I need to do something about my reported deficiencies. My command-and-control style is not valued. I need to adapt!"
I Don't Like Who I Have Become
"I used to be the life of the party now I am viewed as a curmudgeonly, stick-in-the-mud. My job has taken over and I need to restore some balance. I cannot continue to be defined by my job. I need to get my life back on track."
"I was in a dark and lonely place when I first met Dr. Gillard. His guidance and support helped me become more centered, focused, and get my career back on track. I will be forever grateful."
Senior Executive, Fortune 100 Pharmaceutical Company
"Dr. Gillard helped me understand and address significant blind spots that had a significant negative effect on my career. The guidance and support were invaluable"
Senior Executive, Biotech Company