When Your “Elite” Coach is NOT getting results

I have spent a great deal of time over the last few months with some of the top executive coaches in the world… Coaches who have the top certifications, coaches whose clients have found tremendous success, coaches who have been the key differentiator to the great success seen by many of their clients. It has been my honor to learn from their experiences and gain from their insights.

Interestingly, each had a different definition of an executive coach. For some, this person is their accountability guide, like a scorekeeper in sports, to whom we report progress, then get additional instructions towards our goals. For others, an executive coach is more like a referee, keeping score, calling us on our mistakes and pushing us towards the score.

Some of the experts I interviewed believe the best coaches teach from their own experiences and success in their realm of expertise while others felt that certification was essential to qualify as a coach. Much debate came from the difference between a coach and consultant. Fundamentally, getting a consistent definition of the term is an impossible quest.

If we can’t even define a “coach” how do we go about acquiring one that actually helps us to achieve results?

Common across the experts was the ability to bring us from vision to execution. There are as many styles of coaching as there are little league sports teams. Critical for each “coachee” is that results are occurring in a way that is exciting, invigorating and productive. Forbes reported this month a surge in demand of the $2 billion coaching industry with 77% of corporate organizations planning on increasing their use of this valuable tool. With an average ROI of 344% for individuals and 5,000% ROI for organizations, the value is pretty tough to argue over.

After getting it straight from the top coaches in the world, the best advice I can offer is to find someone with similar values, the experience to guide you in the skills you need to acquire or fine tune, and most importantly, the coach who will inspire and accelerate your personal and professional growth.

Knowledge is power.  By identifying and capitalizing on the powers of top leaders, the Xanadu Code, the path to peaceful innovation and progress, becomes clear.

For more information, contact founder and CEO Zsolt Bicskey at www.XanaduCode.com.

Sick Workplaces: The Modern Day Curse of Chaos

Were you aware that nearly half of working adults blame their job for current health challenges according to a survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health?

Without clear guidance and ongoing support, WorkPlace Culture can become Sick.

Positions considered as “average level stress” are significantly challenged, but those in high stress positions suffer stress related illnesses that do not present easy cures.  If you are reading this article, you are likely serving in one of these high stress capacities.

Ask yourself:

  • What are the protocols I have established for myself and my company to proactively create wellness?
  • What do you/your company offer in terms of support for high stress sufferers?
  • How do you recognize the difference between manageable stress and over the edge stress?

If these questions were tough for you to answer, you are not alone.  Stress related workplace illness is costing U.S. business over $30 billion a year just in lost workdays, not to mention the lost dollars associated with presenteeism, where an employee is at work, but just going through motions.

Let’s face it:  when you took on your leadership role, you accepted that you would be faced with an increased burden of stress.  If you have not yet addressed the consequences of that choice, there is definitely no time like the present.

The good news is that there are formulae, templates and “codes” to shortcut the “suffer and learn by my own mistakes” painful route. The Xanadu Code is a thorough analysis of the stress triggers and support systems already in place, followed by a customized solution to minimize stress and maximize productivity, individually, as a team, as a company, to whatever level you deem critical to discovering your own Xanadu.

How Top Leaders find Sanctuary and Success through a Xanadu Code

In a recent study conducted by Robert Half Management Resources, an incredible shift can be witnessed. More than 75% of workers surveyed reported their work-life balance as very good or good. 82% of company leaders made the same claim.

When asked how they made this shift take place, common themes arose that offer a code for leaders to create their own Xanadu for themselves and for their teams:

  1. Realize that work-life balance must be defined on an individual basis.
  2. Communicate often and clearly.
  3. Create benchmarks which allow goals to be accomplished based on high achieving results with flexible methodologies.
  4. Measure and make changes as necessary to keep balance intact.
  5. Lead by Example
  6. Unplug

And the biggest tip?  Don’t go it alone. Executives today rely on the expertise and support of an executive coach to help them be the best example of leadership.  Leaders who bring in a top coach boast significant increases:

  • Organizational strength by 48%
  • Productivity by 53%
  • Job satisfaction by 61%
  • Teamwork by 67%
  • Working relationships by 77%

In fact, high level executive coaching has been shown to yield an ROI of over 570%.

Today’s workforce needs leaders who are able to establish and demonstrate a work-life balance that is manageable and effective.  By inspiring team members with your own recognition of the importance of setting priorities and sticking with them, your leadership becomes contagious and your team begins to taste the benefits of the Xanadu Code.

The Executive Stress Battles Raging Outside of Xanadu

In a recent survey of high level executives, 80% report feelings of unmanageable stress.

Annual stress-related costs for U.S. companies last year tipped the scales at $190 billion.

Innovative organizations recognize the cause of these unnecessary expenditures and are actively seeking remedies, in the form of workplace wellness, preventative health programs and a focus on work/life balance. These efforts are paying off in reduced health costs, increased worker productivity and engagement, less absenteeism and higher rates of employee retention.

But what about the guy (or girl) at the top, making all these decisions.  Is the saying true that it is loneliest at the top?  Who is managing the stress load and work/life balance for today’s CEO or business owner?  For most, the answer is no one. The most critical cogs in the corporate machine receive the least attention, creating a dangerous and volatile situation.

The Harvard Business Review cites John Kotter’s theory of the “Productive Range of Distress,” which identifies the middle ground between extreme levels of stress and no stress where the greatest good is accomplished.  This middle ground is the Magic Zone, where executives are able to function at their highest levels without succumbing to the dangers of burnout from overly high levels of stress.

So how do you find your own Magic Zone?  The entire premise of the Xanadu Code is to identify the best practices of top leaders in their fields and replicate those practices that empower without debilitating.  What are your top techniques for maxing out your productivity while maintaining a healthy life balance?

Knowledge is power.  By identifying and capitalizing on the powers of top leaders, the Xanadu Code, the path to peaceful innovation and progress, becomes clear.