Executive Coaching

How to Choose, Use and Maximize Value for Yourself and Your Team

May 2005
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    1st May 2005
  • ISBN 9781854182548
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"

Will I benefit from coaching? How will I measure the benefits--and will they be lasting ones? How do I choose the right coach and how can I get the maximum value out of the process?

This book--by an insider with plenty of experience of hiring coaches and acting as a coach--provides a pragmatic insight into executive coaching for those who: are contemplating a career move and becoming an executive coach are considering using the executive coaching process for their organization; or are considering using--or asking their organization for--an executive coach for themselves. McAdam emphasizes the importance of commitment--from coach, individual and sponsor [the organization] if coaching is to be of real benefit.

"... an important, timely and very practical book."

Prof Adrian Furnham - Dept of Psychology, University College

"Stuart McAdam's comprehensive study of the coaching environment will guide coaches and participants to focus on the benefits and avoid the dangers of this aspect of people development."

Martin Powell - Managing Partner, Withy King Solicitors

"As an experienced executive coach I found this book a refreshing read. It highlights many underestimated aspects of Executive Coaching and offers a practical framework and tools."

Dilly Hallett - Consultant Psychologist and Executive Coach


Why this book?

ONE What is executive coaching?
So, what are the pieces of the coaching jigsaw?
The role of the Human Resources function
What will success look like?
Creating a coaching environment

TWO The organizational context
Identifying the need

THREE Where executive coaching makes the difference
Assimilation coaching
Performance coaching
Career coaching
Coaching during projects
Inbound coaching
Coaching during mergers and acquisitions
Coaching to non-executive directcors
Coaching during outplacement
Coaching teams
Enhancing manager’s skills
…And the ones that get away

FOUR How does it work?
How will we work together?
What will success look like?
Coaching teams
Closure and sign off
Tools and techniques

FIVE The coach as consultant
Initial contact
Issues for the internal coach

SIX What to look for in a coach
Coaches to avoid
What works?
Is who you see, who you get?

SEVEN What to look for as a potential coach
What are the reasons for your interest in executive coaching?
How much do you know about executive coaching?
Training to be an executive coach
Market research
Working as an executive coach

EIGHT Making this book work for you
Does your organization need executive coaching?
Further information

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Personal qualities

The British Psychological Society Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council Vision and aims


Stuart McAdam

Stuart McAdam has worked as a coaching gamekeeper and poacher: he spent eight years as a principal consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick, was Group Human Resources Director at M&G Reinsurance and Global Head of HR at Swiss Re Life & Health. He is a Director of New Futures Consulting and a Chartered fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.