May 12, 2010

Executive Coaching Certification

Acquiring Executive Coaching certification is undoubtedly the fastest growing desirable appendage to a middle managers CV than anything else at this moment.
Even accountancy partnerships are actively encouraging their senior members to study and qualify as executive coaches to add to their already highly skilled portfolio of qualifications.

Currently there is no formal bureaucratic regulatory framework for Executive Coaching Certification at this moment in the UK.
It is a relatively young and growing profession and the freedom still exists allowing for creativity and energy to express itself within a framework of ethical self-regulation.

That said – a basic fundamental for any corporate buyer of executive coaching certification services is that their chosen  training provider has professional affiliation with a reputable coaching body and can easily testify to its credibility. There are  several such organisations overseeing coaching at the moment in the UK.

There are the self-regulating coaching bodies that have emerged from the coaching industry itself and are made up of coaches who set their standard for coaching and coach-training.
These include such organisations as ICF (International Coaching Federation), ECI (European Coaching Institute), EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council, LBCAI (Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland) and AC (Association of Coaching in the United Kingdom)

Meanwhile the Institutes involved in this field of learning encompass executive coaching as part of their strategic overview around management, training and HR and include the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

The PSG Scotland Executive Coaching Certification maps to the ILM standards which is such an awarding body. This means they are viewed as robust and rigorous qualifications with all the credibility and status that this implies.

PSG Scotland feel that while the profession evolves – it is important to look at the nature of the course you are considering and make an informed judgement to discover whether it is independently awarded or privately awarded and whether it is receives proper oversight from one of the organisations mentioned above.

Only then can you confidently assert that the qualification has international portability and has rigorous evaluation processes.

April 22, 2010

Executive Coaching Training

The demand for Executive coaching training continues to grow and this expansion will continue apace because in this modern world –  it does its job and works. In recent years a large number of companies in the UK have adopted coaching at some level to develop their staff and improve levels of managerial leadership.

The Positive Success Group deliver courses in Executive coaching training that offer a diverse range of methods in which an individual can reach a sufficient professional level of expertise so that they are able to confidently impart knowledge to other managers thereby allowing them to coach successfully as part of their work to develop staff within the organization.

There are, then, several alternative ways and methods to build upon an otherwise successful career within organization. This could involve working within businesses to achieve performance or staffing outcomes ranging from sales performance, succession management, management of change and team coaching.
A qualified Executive Coach meanwhile will be working with senior managers and executives concentrating on personal performance and leadership issues. This will often focus on the individuals mental attributes and state rather than being restricted just to completion of tasks.

At this level of seniority – the focus will often be on strategic direction and the ability of the leaders and executives to motivate and engage with other senior figures and the PSG course will teach methodology and encourage detailed planning to assist the process.

The following check-list is a useful tool for clarifying the issues and allows for analysis of style and content of the senior levels of management progressing with their careers:

Preparation for Company Department

What are my strengths in my current role?

What could improvements be made?

Where and in what roles do I see my future?

What new knowledge and Skills will I require?

What level of support might I need from senior colleagues?

What difficulties or problems can I envisage?

What level of resources are available to my department?

What development plans do we need?

Planning and Professional Development

What Professional activities should I undertake?

Courses and conferences should I attend?

What levels of seniority and power can I realistically achieve?

Achievement and recognition within the Organisation?

Promotion to higher levels of authority?

Professional achievement in terms development and qualifications?

What level of Community and Political contribution can I make ?

The adoption of executive training courses has concentrated development on  relatively senior levels of staff within organisations and the PSG course offers a unique perspective on the participants career movements over time and then allows a projection of a desired future state. This method of biographical perspective often producing a rejuvenation in a career that otherwise may have easing to a conclusion. Such is the power of coaching.

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