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ABOUT PATHFINDER EXECUTIVE COACHING

Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

My practice at PathFinder Executive Coaching is focused primarily on helping senior and mid-level executives and managers increase their personal leadership effectiveness. I start that process by working with each client to identify several measurable coaching objectives. I then meet with the clients every 2 weeks, typically over the phone, and we set about addressing each of those objectives.

Often during these calls, there are “in-the-moment” coaching situations that arise and together we work through those situations. But the “engine” that runs a successful coaching relationship are the client’s objectives. Once those objectives have been met, we’ll work together to identify new objectives or goals. That means a typical coaching relationship can run as briefly as 3 months or 3 years – or longer. I do not require my clients to sign a coaching contract for any specific length of time. I don’t ever want a client to meet with me because of a contractual obligation. When the coaching relationship is over, we’ll both know it and, hopefully that client will be in a better place than when we started our work together.

In all of my coaching relationships I incorporate an emphasis on emotional intelligence (aka, EQ). I do so not because it’s a fad, or the current “approach du jour,” but because over the past 25 years that I’ve been coaching, nothing comes close to creating a highly effective and sustainable leadership model as one that is based on taking an emotionally intelligent approach to leading and influencing people.

I start the EQ learning process by focusing on Goleman’s 4 essential competencies of EQ:

  • Self-Awareness

  • Self Management

  • Social Awareness

  • Relationship management
     

By helping my clients learn and master each of these competencies, they are able to achieve a greater level of personal effectiveness with the people they work with and the organizations they lead than by any other approach I’ve ever studied or tried.

Together, we focus on issues such as:

  • Leadership effectiveness

  • Building strong leadership teams

  • Conflict avoidance and resolution

  • Building trust

  • Coaching and mentoring effectiveness

  • Overcoming communication difficulties
     

Sometimes, a client will want me to introduce his or her team or organization to the concept of emotional intelligence. That’s why I offer on-site training to groups through my EQ Seminar, the details of which you can learn about by clicking on the Seminar button on my home page.  

Each client is different, and their needs are just as diverse. But I pride myself on having made a real and measurable difference in the lives of so many clients over the years.

If you’d like to have a coaching conversation and discuss how working with an executive coach might be beneficial for you, please use my Contact page to reach out to me.