Written by Sarah Woods, Executive Coach and Senior Communications Consultant
As a coach to top performers, I’ve had a front row seat to some of the most significant business challenges happening within companies. I have witnessed decision-making at its best, learning from some amazing leaders across a range of industries. These extraordinary people are moving mountains, changing our world, and impacting thousands every day. So why would they hire an executive coach? The reason is that they have something in common…they are the best, and they want to be even better.
Recently, I worked with the CEO of a major healthcare company. Hard to believe but…he’s actually an introvert! As he was promoted to CEO, it became imperative that he develop a high level of skill at public speaking and acting as the face of the business. This was certainly far outside of his comfort zone…and yet, he took it on with determination.
In the process, he hired a coach and worked hard to develop a discipline around preparing for a great speech, embracing the finer points of talking to the media and developing great skill at making small talk at events. He pushed himself to raise the bar on his communication style, something that has since paid off in spades. And even more impressive, he’s still working at it!
Here are some lessons I have gleaned from working with these leaders:
Whether you are at the pinnacle of your career or on your way to the top, remember the words of Will Rogers: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Sarah Woods is an executive coach and senior communications consultant. She spent a decade as a management consultant, advising both international corporations and early-stage startup companies in the area of communications, and sales & marketing strategy. Contact Sarah at 781-235-8239 or by visiting http://www.bates-communications.com.