What is Executive Coaching?

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What is Coaching?

The most basic definition of coaching is that it’s about helping another person achieve their personal or professional goals.

What do Executive Coaches Do?

Executive coaches provide a confidential and supportive sounding board for the people that meet with them.

We can help you identify your strengths and the issues that might be causing a problem. We ask questions to help you see things from a different perspective and to challenge the assumptions that may be limiting you.

With your permission we can carry out assessments, interviews, and observations to give you more information about yourself, your colleagues, or the business decisions you need to make. We can help you interpret this information so that you can put it to practical use.

We can guide you to set goals that fit with the work life that you want to have. Work together with you to develop the best strategies for navigating the workplace. Help you learn the skills you need to reach those goals. Then support you in working towards making the changes that you most care about.

What’s it like to be in an Executive Coaching session?

Have you ever sat down with you someone who just focused on you and your needs? Where they were genuinely curious about what you wanted and what might be getting in your way? Did they treat you as an equal? Did they allow you to explore your ideas and plans without judging you? Were you sure that what you said would never be used against you or told to other people? Did they keep you accountable without being judgemental or harsh?

If you have someone like this in your life, then you know just how valuable they are. Sadly, it’s rare to find people who can do this. This isn’t because people don’t care about us. Sometimes the people closest to us care too much. They can be too eager to tell us what to do. They may truly believe they know what is best for us. Alternatively, they may be so concerned about our feelings that they hold back from telling us the things that we really need to hear.

Friends, family members, colleagues and managers may give suggestions with the best of intentions, but they can never know you as well as you know yourself. Only you can truly know what it’s like to be in your situation. Only you can know how you feel about the options available to you. An Executive Coach understands that they cannot make decisions for you. Instead they provide you with information and help you make those decisions for yourself. Then they help you gain the skills and give you the support you need to implement those decisions.  

What’s the difference between Clinical Psychology & Executive Coaching?

There is a lot of overlap between Clinical Psychology and Coaching. Clinical Psychologists also guide people to better understand themselves and they teach people the skills they need to make changes that lead to a more fulfilling life.

The difference is that Executive Coaches focus on the realm of work. Executive Coaches usually have an extensive background in corporate life and the business world. Their personal experience in business may make it easier to relate and they should understand more about business practices and terminology. They also have tools and resources that are specific to problems in the workplace.

Clinical Psychologists often talk about work, but they are most specialised in helping people manage their emotions or personal relationships. You can find out more about how the Clinical Psychologists at Share Resolve can help on the linked page.

If your challenges are more focussed on navigating the workplace or deciding what you would like to do with your career, then in would be best to speak to our Executive Coach.

If your struggles mainly relate to emotions, your personal relationships, or your children then it would be best to speak to a Clinical Psychologist.

There’s no need to be concerned if you are not sure whether you should choose Executive Coaching or Clinical Psychology. Our Clinical Psychologists will let you know if they think it would be better for you to speak with our Executive Coach. Similarly, if your Executive Coach thought you would gain more from our Clinical Psychologists then they would recommend which psychologist you should meet.

What’s the difference between an Executive Coach & a Mentor?

Some mentors would make very good coaches. The best mentors may have the ability to ask questions and guide you. However, they are unlikely to have access to the same level of knowledge, resources, and strategies as an Executive Coach because they have not received the same specialised training.

It is more common for mentors to act as really good sources of advice. Mentors are often more senior colleagues who understand your organisation, can explain how they system works and may be able to connect you with the right people to help you progress.

Mentoring and Coaching can be complementary to each other. It can be helpful to bring information gained from a good mentor for a broader discussion in the coaching session.   

How can I be sure that my coach will act ethically and maintain confidentiality?

At Share Resolve our Executive Coaches follow the same ethical guidelines as our Clinical Psychologists. This means that we adhere to all the guidelines in the International Coaching Federation’s Code of Ethics but also some of the more stringent guidelines set by the British Psychological Society.

You can find out more about Share Resolve’s ethical considerations on our pages on Confidentiality and Ethics.

How do I know whether my coach is qualified?

Executive Coaching is lightly regulated so legally anyone can call themselves an Executive Coach. If you want to know if your coach has an appropriate level of training and expertise you should check to see if they are accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). The ICF is the most highly regarded accrediting institution.

Our Executive Coach, Zaryl Tan, was trained on an ICF accredited course. She also has regular supervision with a highly experienced Executive Coach who is associated with a leading ICF training centre in the USA (The Center for Executive Coaching).

Zaryl is also supervised by Dr. Dan Seal who ensures that Executive Coaching is in line with the best practices of Share Resolve.

What should I do next if I’m interested in Executive Coaching?

If Executive Coaching is of interest to you and you would like to arrange a meeting with our Executive Coach, Zaryl Tan, please contact Vivian at 012 5089910 or via email at info@resolve.my.

If you have any questions about Executive Coaching you can contact Zaryl directly by emailing Zaryl@resolve.my.

I am a British Chartered Clinical Psychologist currently working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I aim to help people who are facing psychological or emotional difficulties to overcome their difficulties.

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