Executive Coaching

Astute individuals understand that career success takes more than just working harder. Successful executives do take charge with adaptive responses – they continually design their career strategies; share knowledge, connect and collaborate with their diverse networks; work on what truly matters; examine their choices for balance; and have champions or trusted mentors. They craft their leadership brand.

Most on the fast-track learn that the higher they are, the more difficult it is to talk about their real issues or concerns – and to do so free from the weight of company expectations. It is even harder to find effective and neutral listeners. Central to our relationship is discretion so that the individual can articulate their inner dialogue with total trust. It also provides reflection time – a rarity in today’s world of business.

We offer managerial leaders coaching or small-group mentoring circles that cover:

  • New Role Transition: for executives moving into new roles the challenges they face are many and varied. Their inner voice constantly raises questions and doubts. Executives in these positions have increased pressures, face more intense competition and receive less help.

  • Executive and High-Potential: where we work with the most talented. High-impact talent have the highest future value to their organisation. However, success can be paradoxical as the same qualities that lead this A-list to success can also hinder their ability. This program helps the executive explore leadership, adaptation, networked collaboration, systems and change within their business context.

  • Board Presentation Coaching: guides and supports senior executives who present at board-level.

  • Trust As Leadership Roadmap: by exploring the components of trust - competence, disclosure, character and power – a roadmap of managerial leadership is developed. The core questions are: “what type of leader do I want to be” and “how will I make this happen?”

  • Planning Beyond The Next Level: assists those at the pre-promotion phase plan strategies and tactics for a potential appointment - whether it be senior associate, executive, director or partner. It helps high-potential, valued talent better assess which capabilities have the greatest impact to attain a promotion beyond the next-level. It includes how to prepare for nomination and selection, how to develop a promotion-relevant resume and interview techniques.

  • Board Ready Executives: assists executives to rethink the strategies and tactics when searching for a first or next Board. While each coaching agenda is personalised to individual needs it typically includes how to clarify your director capabilities, boardroom style, what is needed to reduce the risk of your application being rejected and how to navigate the vacancy landscape.

  • Board Interview Coaching: nominations are highly competitive. What is your approach for a stronger application and more effective interview plan? Board interview preparation is about: Context, Capability, Cut-through and Culture. A focussed compelling narrative is key.

  • Women’s Leadership: offers talented women a distinct opportunity to understand how to take up their power, influence and authority. Examining the actions needed for success, these women become better placed for gaining promotions; are better connected and confident; and more effective in strategically positioning their careers for future leadership or board roles.

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Dianne is an outstanding coach and mentor. I worked closely with Dianne over a 6-month period to define personal and career objectives. She assisted me greatly in adjusting to a new role during this time. I found Dianne’s advice to be clear and practical. Importantly, her knowledge and experience were invaluable to my development and me. I would recommend Dianne to anyone seeking high quality professional coaching.
— Executive Director Client Services, Services
Working with Dianne fundamentally changed the way I think about and now manage my career. Her thoughtful insights helped me better understand and acknowledge my strengths, and become more purposeful about defining my career objectives and building networks and pathways to help me get there. Dianne is a great communicator. Her sense of calm combined with her steely resolve provided space for clarity, honesty and action.
— Asia-Pacific Chief Credit Officer, Ratings Agency
I very much agree about the importance of a leader having a coach like you supporting role transition and also working in difficult contexts like you did for me.
— Senior Executive, Leading Business School
Many thanks for yesterday’s event which was immensely informative and helpful. You managed to convey a great deal in the session.
— Special Counsel, Law Firm