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Executive Coaching goes Mobile: 4 Reasons to switch to technology-based coaching

I have been blessed by a solid stream of coaching clients since I started my coaching practice in 2005.  It’s not been an easy road – I have worked very hard to promote myself and my services, hone my coaching offerings, earn my reputation, develop my skills and continue my coaching education.  I have done more free talks and workshops than I can remember and networked myself into exhaustion.  And it paid off. My deep thanks to all the people who have  supported and invested in my executive coaching services. My big aspiration has always been, and remains – to work with high impact individuals across the globe; to be a global player in this arena we call earth.  Up until a few months ago, at least 50% of my high impact clients were individuals and teams I met up with at various physical venus in my hometown of Cape Town.  Whilst I was very keen to move these coaching relationships toward a technology-based option, it seemed redundant, considering that I was there and so were my clients.  Until I took a bold step and moved myself physically to another city (you can read more in See you in Santiago).  Now all of my clients work with me via Skype and I attend all of my supervision and other meetings via various technology-based platforms.  And we are all delighted with our new way of working, and with our results.  Here are 4 Reasons why I see great benefit in switching to technology-based coaching;

(1) Save the planet

Many of us talk about ‘going green’, concern ourselves with sustainability and invest in sustainable projects, yet we jump into our motorcars willingly, or insist that others should do so, to drive around and meet up with one another.  We contribute to a growing problem of pollution, carbon emissions, traffic, toll road debates, deaths on the road and sadly necessary high insurance premiums.  It is a delight for me to not be driving at the moment, and it removes all the stress of needing to get to destinations on time, getting stuck behind refuse removal trucks, having to re-feul and so forth.  More than this, I can see how much less stressed my clients are because they did not need to fight any traffic either, to make our meeting on time.  And this allows us both to be centred and present.

(2) Save time, save money

It’s a horrible cliche – time is money – but it’s true.  As an executive or an executive coach, you earn well and may even earn by or charge by the hour or number of project hours.  Sure, we can charge out our traveling time within our project rates, but why pay or be paid to be on the road?  I can substantially lower my coaching fees if I eliminate the additional hour it takes to get there and back. And I’m saving on fuel and, if applicable, flight costs too.  As are you.  And Skype – bless it – is free. Our only cost now is internet connectivity.

(3) It is NO LESS intimate

If you’ve ever experienced a long-distance love relationship, you know that intimacy is not related to distance but rather to your ability to communicate across the distance.  Skype and other technology based platforms have allowed grandparents to connect with grandchildren, lovers to flirt and share sweet nothings, businessmen in India to design websites for businesses based in Peru. And executive coaches and their executive clients can do the same.   These platforms allow the same sense of togetherness and intimacy that my clients and I would otherwise enjoy.  There are many moments online when my clients and I share a tear, or a laugh, or a mindfulness exercise.  Sometimes I’ll pick up my computer and show my clients around my office, and they do the same with theirs.  Just because there is a technology platform between us, we are still two human beings having a human-connection, from anywhere we find ourselves a that time!  For even more on this, here’s a Forbes article about this visual technology revolution; Back to the Future with face-to-Face technology

(4) Develop a Global Mindset

The world is a village.  I am having my website designed by a women in Knysna, and developed by a guy in Bali. I’m partnering with a coach in Singapore on a joint project and getting photo tips from my brother-in-law in Hong Kong. While, as you now know, I am in Santiago de Chile.

Business is a now a global landscape and executives are dealing with clients and suppliers and teams in many different countries across the globe. There are mergers and expansions that bring new business cultures together all the time.  Our ability to think globally and play in the global spaces positions us well in future markets.  Part of this ability includes embracing the technology that allows us to connect face-to-face with people anywhere, and explore the possibilities.

If you’re ready to explore a coaching partnership with a coach who is going the distance to demonstrate that quality and effective coaching partnerships can take place no matter where each of us finds ourselves, I’d love to hear from you.  Drop me a note and let’s schedule a Skype call over the next few days.

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Michelle Clarke is an Executive Coach.  She works with Leaders, Executives and Executive Coaches, helping them to  develop strong, influential personal brands and to elegantly navigate the complexity of 21st century leadership . To learn more about her work please visit her website www.motivcoach.com, and be sure also to subscribe to this blog for future updates. If you enjoy Facebook, please join Michelle’s Business Page

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Why we keep doing the same things – over and over again

Consider this : A friend of yours is made redundant.  Although she was in a career that she did not enjoy, she was financially secure and knew the ins and outs of her job well.  Instead of wandering what opportunities might open to her by this redundancy, or considering learning new skills or pursuing a new career, she immediately rushes into looking for jobs which are almost identical to the one she has just left.   It isn’t that she loved the job and doesn’t want to do anything else, she explains, but this just seems the most obvious route to follow.  She just wants her life to get back ‘to normal’ as quickly as possible.  Sound familiar? Continue reading

Leaders! Awaken the Living Dead!

David Bolchover pulls not punches when we unveils the the truth behind the corporate myth.  In his book The Living Dead he speaks about the harsh reality of under work.  The gross under-utilization of talent.  The criminal waste of human potential.  The slow strangling of drive, creativity and ambition in today’s corporate world. Any leader and manager would do well to take a slow walk around their office floor to connect with their people, understand who amongst them are part of the Living Dead and begin an immediate campaign to awaken these poor souls back to creative contribution.

The book is loaded with numerous statistics to prove his case;  Continue reading

Take Stock: A personal review ahead of the final quarter

I am amazed at how quickly the times goes.  We’re at the end of September 2012.  Already!  Some of my clients are shifting into high gear for the final push of the year.  I often find that when this happens, we tend to put task ahead of self-reflection.  Before we run head long into the final Quarter of the year, let’s take stock to ensure we’re on the path we intend to be.  Continue reading

On Hitting the Wall, or; The Crises of Meaning

Have you heard of a Psycho- synthesis? It was conceived by a Dr Roberto Assagioli in 1911.  Assagioli was a student of Freud who rebelled against Freud’s ’limited’ vision of man—suggesting that we possess a higher nature and asserting that much of the psychological dysfunction in the world stems from frustration or even desperation about the lack of meaning and purpose in our lives.  A psychosynthesis-viewpoint invites you search for meaning, to look at life as a developmental journey, to see the creative potential within each problem, to see obstacles as stepping stones and to imagine that we all have a purpose in life with challenges and obstacles to overcome in order to fulfil that purpose.

To demonstrate the point, I’ve collated and adapted this information from John Whitmore’s third edition of Coaching for Performance together with these two-dimensional graphical models which give a helpful visual of how or why, we experience this crises of meaning;  Continue reading

Memo to Leaders

This extract from Susan Scott’s Book Fierce leadership tickled me.  It’s frank, it’s funny and it’s real—a 10 point memo to today’s leaders.  The only piece if advice not made explicit is this; get a coach.  A confidential thinking partner to help you navigate the complexity of 21st century leadership.  We all deserve some straight-talk on the challenges that leadership demands of us.  Continue reading

Can any One Word describe the Power of Exercising the Mind?

I’ve recently been inspired by this question asked of me by a colleague, “What is the one word that best describes the outcome of coaching and development for you?”. Dozens of words come to mind!  In my inspiration, I posed the same question to other coaching colleagues.  It seems they too were challenged to select just one word for the array of benefits that arise as a result of the coaching process. Still searching for my one word, my truth, I grabbed a copy of Mark Forstater’s book ’The living Wisdom of Socrates’, and found myself deep in the musings of one of the world’s most celebrated philosophers (dare I call him a Coach?) for over 2300 years.  Continue reading