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Executive Coaching

Personal Insights from Geoff Davis

Probably everyone at one time or another has wanted to help someone else improve at what he or she was doing.  And the key was to be able to do this in a respectful, dignified, and  effective way.  Coaching is to speak about and show what can happen and to do it in a way that frees people to take action.

– James Flaherty
in Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others


With the increasing demands and frenetic pace of business life, today’s business leaders find themselves off-balance, unsatisfied, and searching for meaning. Organizations will increasingly find that helping employees through this life navigation will enhance their ability to attract, retain, and grow their most valuable resource – people. 

Coaching is helping individuals become self-aware, self-correcting and self-generating on their personal journeys. People have areas in their lives where they “get grabbed.” Coaching helps you get “un-grabbed” and see what possibilities exist for a more fulfilling life.

Like many, I've spent most of my life a "workaholic". I can't remember a time when I wasn't putting in the 60+ hour weeks, seven days a week, trying to be the best that I could be in my various professions. But as I neared 50, I had a distinct sense that there was more to life than this "quest to be the best". After four major career changes in 20 years, I began to examine my life and its meaning and purpose. 

I was fortunate enough to work with one of the most talented executive coaches in the field, Melissa McNair. Through being coached, I saw that much of my life was reactive, that my intensity levels had negative effects on others and me, and that, in my attempt to achieve excellence in my work, I expended a great deal of energy obsessing about future events that drained me. I could not have come to this realization alone.

Coaching had such a positive impact on me that, with Melissa’s mentoring, I became a coach. I understand the concept of coaching and its value to individuals and the business organizations in which they work. I am trained to know what practices and ways of knowing can take you to a higher level and how to support where you are and where you’re going.

The coaching process consists of three steps:

  1. Assess where you are
  2. Clarify the path where you want to go by identifying possibilities and actions to get on track
  3. Help you see how to get there by co-creating high standards for long-term performance and developing the practices, habits, thoughts, and actions to support that direction

Find out how Executive Coaching can make a difference in your life and the lives of your employees.

Geoffrey L. Davis
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