Tag Archives: Coaching

It’s Lonely at the Top

The move to apposition of responsibility and decision making seems to entail crossing over an invisible line that marks the manager as “other”. Where conversations and support were once the norm, colleagues now stand back and wait to see what actions the manager will take. Even in the most supportive contexts, managers recognize in their discussions that it is “lonely at the top”.

Mangers recognize as well that developing a strong administrative team only partly meets their needs. Although the team may be a highly competent and confidential one, some problems and some solutions are not really appropriate for them to handle. In the highly competitive environments of senior and middle management, peers may be supportive but not always. Often they are competitors and all too often problems are seen as a sign of weakness.

Some managers are fortunate enough to have a friend or family member who is knowledgeable about management issues and is also a strategist. These individuals are also able to separate their support for the persons from the issue at hand. They are rare in the lives of most managers.

Recognising that isolation is detrimental many organizations try to set in place mentoring schemes, management programs, etc. However their effectiveness may be limited by the individual’s perceived need for strict confidentiality. Although organizations strive for collaboration the impact of politics and competition are major values and stumbling blocks. All too often, managers feel the need to protect their backs and one way to do this is to not divulge their concerns and problems.

For these reasons and others, the “Running Mate Program” has been developed. Unlike mentors who provide support for employees to advance in the organization, Running Mates are those who help set and keep the pace. They are there for support, encouragement and the extra energy needed to meet challenges and obstacles. The purpose of the program is to address the isolation of managers through one on one dialogues with a consultant whose extensive experience as a senior manager qualifies her as a confidante and an organizational strategist. Her recent work in applying research on leadership to the restructured organization and its demands on managers ensures support for new ways of thinking and leading.

The consultation will provide you with the opportunity to
– explore your unique understanding of power and authority
– provide a strictly confidential relationship in which you design your strategies and solutions
– develop a personal professional plan to enhance your leadership
– assess your conversational style in order to have greater impact in meetings

Coaching and Cancer Interview

In this video I relate my experience with cancer and coaching:

KeyLinks Newsletter – Autumn 2010

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It is an early autumn, rainy, moody and full of colors! For those of us who are born in November this is our season – regardless of when it starts. From long habit this is my month to go to Australia. I arrive in Melbourne on September 18 and hope to see many dear fiends there.

I will be working on leadership with group women academics from the University of Melbourne. In preparation for my time there, I have reviewed leadership and its many perspectives. For your interest included are two short articles in which I explore some of the ways that leadership grows and can be recognized:

Learning About Leadership – The Extraordinary Experiences

Learning About Leadership – The Everyday Experiences

Although I have taken the term ‘destiny’ out of the title of this page, it remains in my thoughts. When I was told in April that I had breast cancer. I was taken aback and couldn’t make sense out of the news. The results of tests and biopsies proved the diagnosis – operation and radiation have confirmed that I am among the fortunate who have no trace of cancer left in my body. It has been a steep learning curve about how I am willing to deny, bargain and finally accept reality. As a coach I will practice my profession with greater understanding and compassion.

I have included the second chapter of my Camino writings and hope that you continue to enjoy them. I owe so much to Barbara Turner-Vesselago for her support, the challenges she has given me and her insight into my writing. Without her inspiration and encouragement I wouldn’t be where I am now – and that is within two chapters of finishing!

New Coaching Video

Please also view this explanation of my personal approach to coaching:

New KeyLinks Newsletter

The year 2009 was a year of transition and quiet growth. This newsletter ends that year of silence for KeyLinks! For more than ten years now KeyLinks International Consulting Ltd. has provided services in Australia and Canada. It has been a source of professional pride and personal satisfaction to work with so many fine colleagues in Australia and Canada.

My work has focused on program design and facilitation. My purpose when designing programs is to ensure that managers and participants have a personalized program that is based on their circumstances and responds to their desire to fulfill their vision and mission.

Facilitation is an art form that focuses on the freedom to explore directions, the courage to make decisions and the commitment to carry them out. As well as facilitation I have been involved in public speaking at a wide variety of organizations, etc.

During 2009 I decided to add two services to my offerings. First, I took the Core Alignment course offered by Demers Group. The course was nine months long, intense and produced new knowledge and insight into who we are as individuals – and yes, somewhat like a birthing process! It also culminated in an International Coaching Federations’ credential. Please take a moment and listen to the definition I have included and to read my entry on Coaching here.

The second addition is from Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s Freefall Writing program that I attended. This approach to writing advocates going ‘fear ward’. I have been writing my inner journey on the Camino de Santiago in Spain and prior to publishing want to share episodes from the book. Please check out the first chapter.

I will continue writing on issues and insights as I have done in past newsletters. I look forward to each of you with your comments and questions! It will be an exciting time.

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