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Working with an Executive Coach

Kiddy’s executive coaches have a wealth of experience working with senior leaders across a range of organisations. Whether as a stand-alone engagement or as part of one of our leadership development programmes, we provide direct, candid feedback to develop and strengthen individual’s performance.

Before you start working with your coach:

To get the most out of your executive coach, you should consider beforehand what you want to get out of the process and why you are doing it. Some examples of ways other executives have used their coach include:

• As a sounding board to provide objective advice or candid feedback.
• To challenge the individual about certain situations.
• To provide input and advice on leadership and management styles, or how to engage in strategic dialogue with key relationships.
• To act as a catalyst to help the individual to try new behaviours.
• To observe the individual in the course of their work, in order to offer constructive critique.
• To help the individual to formulate and practice strategies (e.g. role-playing difficult conversations or preparing for upcoming meetings).
• To help facilitate a team meeting.
• To help craft a transition plan for a new role.

Typically at the start of our coaching assignments, we’ll arrange a chemistry meeting to ensure the fit between you and your executive coach is right. This is a session for you to start to build a dialogue and for us to get to know more specifically what you’re looking for from your coach.

After, you’ll agree expectations with your coach as well as what the nature of the relationship will look like, such as agreeing regular meetings/VCs or calls. Typically, we meet 1-2 times per month for 90 or so minutes the first 2-3 months. We then usually move to 60-90 minutes every 4-6 weeks, for a further 3-4 months. Sometimes those meetings are replaced by calls or VCs. Your Kiddy coach will always be available via email as well.

We often use additional tools in conjunction with the coaching meetings, for example personality questionnaires or 360 feedback.

Throughout the coaching assignment

What you can expect from your executive coach:

• Direct, candid feedback and confidentiality.
• An outside, well-rounded perspective informed by coaching a range of senior executives.
• Someone who will challenge you to consider alternative courses of action, sometimes outside of your comfort zone.
• Help with re-framing situations, deepening your self-awareness and leveraging your strengths.
• Someone who will serve your agenda; coaches have no agenda of their own other than to help you achieve your goals.
• Someone who will view your situation from a totally objective perspective and share experiences gleaned from coaching many other executives

What your coach will expect from you:

• Availability for regular meetings.
• Willingness to learn and change.
• Intent to maximize the opportunity.
• Candour; tell your coach what about his/her approach is working and not working for you.
• Commitment to the transactional as well as behavioural part of the coaching process.

Specific ways to get value from a coaching relationship with Kiddy:

• Agree what success will look like.
• With your Development Plan as a roadmap, identify the specific ways in which you want to use your coach.

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