Do you work with clients on-line, in-person, or both?
We offer both online coaching and in-person coaching for clients who are based out of the Rio Grande Valley area in South Texas. With online coaching, we connect with you and your group through telephone, e-mail, snail mail, and/or Skype. If your group prefers in-person coaching, however, please fill out our form here and request a quote for the coaching package you are interested in.
What is the standard coaching process like?
Once a coaching engagement has been initiated, the process begins with getting your group started with online administration of what is widely considered the gold standard of leadership development, The Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI®). The LPI® serves as the foundation of our coaching process and we use the data it generates to help raise the leadership capacity of your entire group, both individually and collectively. Once the LPI® results are calculated for each group member, each group member will receive an individual feedback report, a group feedback report, and a set of support material to help everyone grow in their leadership development.
Once these materials have been delivered to your group by snail mail and/or e-mail, we will proceed to schedule an intensive coaching session for each group member, which will be conducted either on the phone, in-person, and/or Skype. Although Skype is optional, it is a highly recommended option for our online clients since it can help enrich the overall coaching experience, without any extra cost. Please note that we do not use Skype to video chat, so no need to worry about having a working webcam; instead, we only use Skype for its screen-sharing feature, which allows us to share our computer screen with clients and guide them every step of the way during a coaching session.
During a typical coaching session, each group member can expect the following support:
• Proper interpretation and explanation of their individual LPI® report
• Identification of patterns and messages within their LPI® data
• Clarification regarding their use of exemplary leadership behaviors
• Assistance with focusing their development efforts, both individually and collectively
• Support in helping them translate their goals into actions (action-planning)
• Guidance on how they can better align their LPI® behaviors with group and/or organizational goals
The length of a coaching session, as well as any additional activities, is dependent on which one of our packages the group signs up for. With our more elaborate packages, you will find increasing levels of support that can maximize the results of your group for up to half a year or longer. To see which package may be right for you and your group, please review our different coaching packages in more detail here.
What kind of support material comes with each of your coaching packages?
All our coaching packages include a base set of support material, which includes a workbook, summary article, reminder card, and the latest edition of the international best-seller, The Leadership Challenge®.
Please note that if your group is combining a coaching package with The Leadership Challenge® Workshop, you will only receive a single copy of any items that are shared between the two offerings; the material will be shared either at the workshop or during a coaching engagement, according to whichever takes place first. With online coaching, we ship our materials to clients in the contiguous (or the “lower 48”) United States as part of our packages. Any online clients who are outside this area will have additional shipping fees included with their quote for group coaching.
What is the discovery meeting that is included in some of your coaching packages?
The discovery meeting included in both our advanced and premium coaching packages helps maximize the impact and value of a leadership initiative by kicking off the coaching engagement in the best way possible. This meeting, which is very relaxed and conversational in nature, can range from anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes in length. During a discovery meeting, we get in contact with a group representative and have an in-depth conversation regarding the group’s current situation, what desired outcomes are sought, and make plans on how to best serve the short and long-term interests of the group, according to specific, measurable goals. This information allows us to customize the LPI® assessment for the group and generate a greater degree of feedback than is possible with the standard approach. With a customized LPI® report, we adapt the LPI® to fit the needs of your group by capturing additional (and incredibly valuable) information that would otherwise be lost. We have found that this targeted approach often leads to game-changing feedback that is both highly practical and immensely useful for clients. The customized LPI® report also helps lay the foundation for creating a personalized development plan for each group member.
What is the personalized development plan that is included in some of your coaching packages?
As part of our advanced and premium coaching packages, we will work with each one of your group members to create a robust plan for improvement, based on the feedback that is gathered from their individual LPI® report, as well as that of the group. This personalized plan will help each group member identify areas for improvement, set specific goals, and then take deliberate action towards achieving those goals. As a result of the development plan, each group member will be able to:
• Improve their use of exemplary leadership behaviors
• Integrate the best leadership practices into their daily routine
• Make steady progress in developing their leadership capacity
• Consciously review their progress toward becoming a better leader
• Learn about development activities that can focus their efforts
• Hold themselves accountable for making future progress
• Follow an easy-to-use process that can be repeated
• Discover their full leadership potential
While a personalized development plan is not included with our basic coaching package, please note that we still provide your group with the tools to self-coach and guide themselves through the development process.
What are the LPI® Values Cards that are included in some of your coaching packages?
The values cards that are included in both our advanced and premium coaching packages give your group members the opportunity to gain greater clarity on their personal values and determine whether they are in alignment with other group members and/or your organization. Values clarification is an essential component of leadership development because it will compromise your ability to lead if you don’t fully comprehend (or act on) the values, beliefs, principles, standards, ethics, and ideals that drive you. The values cards are not only a great way for you and your group to avoid issues in this area, but they can also be used to establish a set of shared values among your group members, which is key to maximizing group performance.
What are the LPI® Action Cards that are included in some of your coaching packages?
The action cards that are included in both our advanced and premium coaching packages help your group members take targeted action towards reinforcing specific LPI® behaviors and, in doing so, become more effective leaders. By having these cards readily on-hand, your group members will be equipped with the guidance they need to continually practice the skills and behaviors that are required for ongoing leadership development. Since the action cards are so easy to carry around, they have even been referred to as an “insurance policy for leadership development,” as they can quickly be referenced any time your group members are faced with a leadership dilemma. With how hectic the work day can be, having the action cards within arm’s reach is a great way for your group members to maintain focus and keep working towards their personal best as a leader.
What are the workplace action items that are included in some of your coaching packages?
To help your group members put learning into action, our advanced and premium coaching packages include additional items that will help your group practice exemplary leadership at the workplace. These items highlight specific LPI® behaviors and are a convenient, yet powerful way for group members to integrate The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® into their day-to-day routine. Further details on what your group can expect with these items, as well as how to use them most effectively, will be shared towards the beginning of the coaching process, that way your group members will be ready to put them to use as soon as possible.
What is the e-mail reinforcement that is included in some of your coaching packages?
Our advanced and premium coaching packages include an e-mail reinforcement program that is designed to support the development of your group for up to a half a year or longer. With this program, your group will receive a series of monthly e-mails that will strengthen their understanding (and use) of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. The e-mails will contain digital resources to support the ongoing development of your group and include suggested development activities, as well as recommendations for books, articles, websites, and blogs. This steady stream of resources will help your group stay on track and keep momentum towards achieving their respective goals. Moreover, when combined with a personalized development plan, this virtual program will help each group member take targeted action towards unlocking their full potential as a leader.
What is the leadership loot box that is part of your premium coaching package?
The leadership loot box is a nine-month subscription of physical goods that are shipped to each group member, based on feedback that is gathered from their individual LPI® report, as well as that of the group report. With the loot box, group members will receive monthly packages that contain a variety of materials, such as workbooks, books, relevant articles, office items, company-branded products, and more! This material will help support the overall development of your group by giving each member the tools and encouragement they need to become a better leader. Please note that we ship our materials to clients in the contiguous (or the “lower 48”) United States as part of our packages. Any online clients who are outside this area will have additional shipping fees included with their quote for group coaching.
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