Coaching and Mentoring
Moving up the career
ladder also means that executives are becoming more and more cut off
from honest feedback from their subordinates. Colleagues and Friends
are - rightly or wrongly - seen more often as tools to advance one's
own career. Fighting off competitors - internal and external ones -
for the next rung up the ladder becomes more important than
fostering cordial relationship with former peers.
This dilemma is
exacerbated by pressure from one's superiors and this relentless
two-sided pressure makes the job more and more lonely the higher one
advances in an organisation. The dreaded 'Peter Principle' adds to
this negative syndrome.
Many senior - or top -
managers consider it unnecessary (or are just too proud) to have a
discreet and experienced outside professional who can be a competent
sounding board. But this 'Consigliere' may well be helpful when a
professional struggles to clear his/her mind about some niggling
problem he or she faces as managers or with respect to his/her own
As we offer this service only
complementary to our work in recruitment and strategy consulting we
can bring a more broadly-based perspective to any discussion.
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"A coach is someone who can give
correction without causing resentment" (John Wooden)
The Kindness of Strangers
senior executives rise through the ranks, fewer and fewer people are willing
to be frank with them" states Peninah Thompson from the
Mentoring Foundation in
the Financial Times (The kindness of strangers, January 8, 2014).
While the article profiles a situation where a senior manager coaches one
that is rising in another industry the value of receiving coaching by a
senior professional who is not part of your company (or has another conflict
of interest) cannot be overstated.
Hector Sants, Antonio Hecta-Osorio - maybe they would have benefited from
that another senior finance professional - this time Hector Sants, Barclays
Bank's Head of compliance - needs to take time off to avoid burn-out,
highlights the pressure that staff at all levels are facing these days. This
burden gets progressively stronger the more an executive moves up the ranks
of the organisation.