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Behavioral Coaching

As executives grow through the various phases of their careers they are forced to shed old behaviors and develop new ones.  Behavioral coaching can help executives become more agile and able to adapt to new and changing business environments and human situations.  Behavioral coaching helps executives make and sustain the needed behavioral changes more rapidly and effectively than they could on their own.

Behavioral coaching most commonly helps executives make the following types of behavioral changes:

  1. Behavioral coaching for an executive’s effectiveness working with and through others.  Most often this includes an autocratic leadership style, abrasive or abusive communication style, and damaged relationships.
  2. Behavioral coaching to prepare to take on additional responsibility.  This typically involves high potential executives.
  3. Behavioral coaching to correct a behavior or set of behaviors that is limiting the executive’s performance in a current role.  For example, an executive who struggles to hold people accountable for expected performance or behaviors.

Behavioral coaching is highly successful when the following dimensions are clearly identified:

  1. Clear objectives – what specifically is the problem?  In addition to interviewing people who work with and around the client we use several assessment tools.  The DISC behavioral profile is a powerful tool to help an executive understand their lens, as well as, to understand how they project themselves to others and how others are likely to receive them.  The DISC behavioral profile is used throughout the behavioral coaching process.
  2. Willing participant – while not knowing exactly what is wrong the client is all in and committed to doing his or her part to change the behavior.
  3. Supportive executive sponsor and organization – if the organization is not behind and supporting the client’s efforts then nothing much else matters.

In addition, to using the DISC behavioral profile we have developed a number of behavioral coaching tools and methodologies.  Clients use these tools and methodologies on a daily basis.  Behavioral coaching, to be successful, has to be incorporated into the everyday role and work environment as a practice field sustained change.

If you’d like to talk with us about Behavioral Coaching, please call Tim Allard at 434-984-0425 or email tim@odysseyhps.com

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