Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey 2011 able for download

The Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey 2011 is now available for download :

The Survey is conducted annually.   The resulting report offers a useful insight into leadership development, based on information from executive coaches and those that hire them.  Now it its sixth year, the Survey is co-sponsored by the executive education departments at the University of Georgia, Texas Christian University and Miami University.

Key highlights from the 2011 Survey include:

  • Demand for executive coaching on the rise, with four out of five executive coaches anticipating an increase in demand in 2011 and over half of HR professionals and business leaders also expecting an increase;
  • More HR professionals hiring certified executive coaches, with four out of five executives and HR professionals saying training and certification for executive coaches is either ‘very important’ or ‘absolutely essential’; and
  • New standards for the executive coaching industry being set, with a notable shift among coaches toward adoption of published processes for their work with clients.


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Hot spots: people who glow in the workplace

By Lynda Gratton
Nine Facets of Glowing
1. People who glow have five daily habits of cooperation: they have realistic and positive expectations of others, they are prepared to share valuable information with others, they act with discretion, they use the language of cooperation, and they make and keep commitments.
2. People who Glow are able to bring emotional authenticity and analytical rigor to their conversations and use the art of great conversation as the bedrock of their cooperation with others.
3. People who glow are astute at acting on the ‘smell of the place’; they know the signs of the Big Freeze and how to avoid it.
4. People who Glow are skilled at increasing the value of their networks and at balancing their networks between people who are similar to them and people who are very different from them.
5. People who Glow are skilled at escaping the boundaries that constrain them; they allow for serendipity in their lives and are prepared to meet new people and take untrodden paths to broaden their experiences.
6. People who Glow are adept at finding and moving to ‘boudaryless’ places. They know how to escape from the Fortress and connect with teams and places that encourage them to grow by creating opportunities to jump across worlds.
7. People who Glow are adept at asking the big questions that spark energy, which requires courage and focus.
8. People who Glow are able to create a compelling vision that sparks energy and is so exciting and engaging that others are drawn to it.
9. People who Glow are able to craft meaningful and exciting work that stimulates them and others.

Lynda Gratton is a professor of Management Practice and Director of the Centre for Women in Business at London Business School. The author of Glow: How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation and Success (Berrett Koehler, 2009) and Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces and Organizations Buzz with Energy –and Others Don’t (Berrett Koehler, 2007), she is the second-highest-ranking woman (#18) on the current Thinkers 50 list of the world’s leading management thinkers.

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Good vs Great

March 15th, 2010
Good vs Great
Written by Christine Kane

One of my coaching clients – I’ll call her Bonnie – is really good at what she does. REALLY good. She had some idea of her skills – but it came fully equipped with all the usual doubts and concerns.

Many of us can relate. We’re so steeped in our world and all of its assumptions that we think everyone knows what we know. That we’re not all that special.

Well, Bonnie has been putting herself “out there” bit by bit. She’s been facing her fears and stepping into the spotlight. Suddenly, opportunities are pouring in. They’re good opportunities. She has taken lots of them just to get some experience.

And now, they keep coming. Every single week.

The price of these opportunities is Bonnie’s time and energy. Her vision for herself is greater than these good opportunities, but she feels torn. She’s at a critical point.

It’s called: Saying NO to the GOOD so you can say YES to the GREAT!

Saying NO to the good means getting clear and committed to your dream and standing by that clarity with your own strong decision. (Yikes!)

Can you relate? It’s easy to continue saying Yes to the good stuff that costs only your time and energy. (Even if it’s the very time and energy you need in order to create the GREAT thing you’ve been talking about forever.) After all, an opportunity is an opportunity, isn’t it? I mean, in these “hard economic times” aren’t you supposed to be grateful for anything you can get?

Well, it depends.

Do you want to live in the “at least I have something” mindset? Or do you want to create the thing that could potentially bring in your most authentic success?

Do you want to Live Reactive? (“This is a good opportunity, even if it’s not exactly where I want to go.”) Or do you want to Live Creative? (“Time to site down and write my outline for this book and put in the time to make it come alive.”)

Either choice is fine, of course.

But only one requires creating your YES by saying a NO.

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