Frequently, even the most self-aware and highest-performing people can find themselves faced with a new situation and new expectations, or feel unsure about their next move. Others strive to recalibrate their work/life balance but come up against conflicting priorities. Leaders who are focused on increasing engagement, defining core values, and boosting productivity may need additional resources to help foster and facilitate adopting changes.
Whether you are looking for career guidance or seeking further leadership development for yourself or your organization, stopping to think about what you want to achieve and how you want to manifest those goals requires asking yourself tough questions… which can be a challenging and humbling process.
But these are the questions that the most successful leaders and professionals routinely ask themselves. They confront their weaknesses, are clear about their values and priorities, and seek support whenthey encounter their limitations or experience lack of personal fulfillment. They know that success comes to those who let loose their natural strengths and abilities yet understand — and know how to control — their inherent weaknesses. This self-awareness is one of the most critical tools that the most successful professionals have at their disposal. It’s what compels them to change and enables them to keep moving forward.
The Process For Individual Coaching
Evolution requires motivation, will-power and, perhaps most importantly, the desire and ability to change. It’s pretty tough to tackle all of this alone, no matter how self-aware and motivated you are. Identifying the best resources to support you and facilitate development is a critical step.
My goal is to help you meet yours. Meetings will be forward-focused, goal-oriented, and collaborative — yet open-ended — with the opportunity to explore any related professional and personal issues. Since work and life are rarely mutually exclusive, succeeding at one requires understanding the other. As an executive coach, I leverage my expertise as a licensed psychologist to link the two spheres in a meaningful and impactful way. I will challenge your thinking and explore your unconscious biases and flawed judgements. I will ask the right questions to tackle the most difficult issues and elicit meaningful personal and professional growth.
Together, we will identify what you want to achieve and then define specific objectives that will get you there. We will assess your business, leadership, inter- and intra-personal skills and synthesize the best strategies to achieve your desired goals. We will identify your strengths and weaknesses and any potential pitfalls that may derail you; isolate unconscious biases that impact your judgements and decisions; and develop and sharpen your unique set of skills into a powerful edge in the workforce.
Assessments will help us understand how your strengths and weaknesses manifest themselves to others.
The goal is not to change your personality, but to reframe your shortcomings as advantages so they become an asset and not an obstacle. As you build your arsenal of tools and develop your self-awareness, you will ultimately improve rather than erode your productivity.
Through structured work sessions, you will develop and deepen your emotional intelligence and hone the edges of your strengths and leadership skills: you will become more self-aware, develop better social skills, learn the art of self-control, read people more accurately and, ultimately, become a stronger, higher-performing, and more effective leader.
A Discussion with Dr. Kellner On Executive Coaching
Hello, Dr. Kellner. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and discuss your Executive Coaching services with us. This sort of service is new to many executives out there in the business world, so I’d like to really frame what it is and how it works. I am particularly encouraged by the great feedback it is receiving thus far.
KELLNER: Thank you.
So let’s start with the basics.
What is a Corporate Psychologist?
Who engages a Corporate Psychologist? Is it only for struggling executives? Who benefits from this type of approach?
Successful beneficiaries of corporate psychology are outcome-oriented; able and willing to identify and articulate their areas of strengths and weaknesses. I work with individuals independently seeking guidance for their own professional growth, and/or companies seeking to create a new/improved corporate culture or develop internal resources. My goal is to affect corporate and personal change through the use of psychometric assessments and advanced psychological techniques.
Specifically, this means tackling things like managing up, working with difficult but talented people, conflict resolution, managing team dynamics, time management, reducing stress, achieving balance between work and life, and so on. I want people to consider their skills as a mentor, define their personal and professional goals, and build effective leadership skills.
Those are a lot of great points to focus on for most executives, but what if I’m not sure what I want to do?
What types of companies do you work with?
I collaborate with organizations across a broad range of industries, including construction, finance, healthcare, insurance, education, and public sector; and offer in-depth understanding of the modern corporate environment and the workplace issues that transcend industry-specific or technical knowledge. Issues like improving employee satisfaction, enabling strong teamwork, and nurturing internal talent go a long way towards improving the corporate goals and organizational evolution of any company.
Okay, so let’s say you’ve convinced me and I’m ready to try it. What can I expect from a session and how long does the executive coaching process take?
Since work and life are rarely mutually exclusive, succeeding at one requires understanding the other. As a corporate psychologist, I leverage my expertise as a licensed clinical psychologist to link the two spheres in a meaningful and impactful way.This is achieved through asking the right questions to tackle the most difficult issues and elicit significant personal and professional growth.
The foundation of my session is based on developing emotional intelligence in the work place and honing self-awareness. Through this approach, each client will develop an accurate picture of themselves, acquire better social skills, learn the art of self-control, read people more accurately; and ultimately become a stronger, higher-performing, and more effective leader.
Sessions typically last 45 minutes to an hour and are usually in-person, although video conference and phone meetings can also be effective. During the initial meeting, we will discuss how many sessions it may require to meet your identified goals. While 10-12 sessions are standard, the relationship is flexible and can be adjusted at any point to meet your comfort level and needs.
Is it confidential?
What is your methodology, and what types of outcomes can someone expect?
While sessions are personalized and tailored to the individual, my approach focuses on developing Emotional Intelligence, and honing the 5 tools of success. Clients can expect to develop more self-awareness, acquire better social skills, learn the art of self-control, read people more accurately; and ultimately become a stronger, higher-performing, and more effective leader.
What are those five tools of success?
You mention emotional intelligence a lot. What is it exactly and why is it important?
Realizing that Emotional Intelligence would have a direct impact on business development and leadership training, Daniel Goleman (a psychology researcher from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology) applied the concept to the corporate environment. That’s where those five tools of success come from.
In a 1998 article in The Harvard Business Review, “What Makes a Leader,” Daniel Goleman wrote:
“The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but…they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. My research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.”
I focus on acquiring and honing these tenets of Emotional Intelligence, helping clients develop the powerful traits of the most effective, well-rounded, and productive leaders.
Thank you so much for this informative discussion, Dr. Kellner. I am very encouraged by these Executive Coaching and Corporate Psychology services, and I look forward to seeing how they develop!
KELLNER: It was my sincere pleasure.