At Arcade, our model of executive coaching looks at your career (and your life!) like a road trip. If you walk out your front door, knowing that you want to get to Disney World, you could look at the sun, point yourself southeast, and start out on more or less the right track. But whether you prefer analog tools like an atlas and a compass or high tech GPS navigation, without some kind of navigational assistance, you’ll likely get further off track the longer you walk.
Leading an organization is much the same. Good intention and a toolbox full of skills specific to your operations provide a great start, but over time, you can start to feel like you’re losing your way. Let’s look at Arcade’s GPS Executive Coaching System, and how it can help you find your way.
The first essential component in any navigation system, is understanding where you are starting. Directions to Disney World are different, depending on whether you are standing in Seattle or Tokyo. We start with our own unique intake and fact finding process. This process will focus on identifying:
• Your gifts that make you a great leader
• Your obstructions that continually get in your way
• The impact of your work environment has on your leadership and productivity
• The effectiveness of leadership and interaction with your team, and
• Your ability to successfully communicate with those around you
This process will identify strengths and immediate areas of improvement, as well as any items that may require “triage” attention.
Now that we know where we are, we need to define a destination. At the first strategic meeting, we’ll work to define your personal Compass Statement. Your Compass Statement sets out your direction, and is a central component of our process. We can’t function as your GPS if we don’t know where you want to go!
The next step is to define a set of Abstract Goals. Think of these as being like buckets that you’ll sort your specific goals into. A personal abstract goal might be Improved Health. By defining three to five Abstract Goals, we can think about the different arenas of our careers (or lives) that we want to improve, without yet trying to pin down the details of precisely how to get there.
Finally, we will define your specific goals, for our ‘sprint’ period (usually one month). Every sprint, we’ll define one or more very specific and trackable goals for each Abstract Goal (with an eye to how your personal keys and obstacles might help you or trip you up.) The specific goals that would fit into the ‘Improved Health’ Abstract Goal would be “Exercise for 60 minutes, 3 times a week, during the month of January” and “Eat at least 3 servings of green leafy vegetables per day, during the month of January.”
Now, it’s time to get in the car and fire the ignition! After all, even the best GPS system can only tell you how to get where you’re going. You still have to put your foot on the gas pedal if you ever want to get on the road! Through your month, we’ll track your specific goals together.
We’ll meet with you, in person or on the phone, at planned intervals based on the package you choose (we’ll provide a recommendation at your strategy session) and hold sprint meetings at the beginning of every sprint, in order to review your progress from the previous sprint, and plan a new set of specific goals for the upcoming sprint.
Change is hard, but it doesn’t have to be confusing! Get logged in to Arcade’s GPS Executive coaching today!