Executive Coaching Principle
#4: Encourage the
Most people are looking to live better lives, but top-level executives and high performers are wired to go for more...
Much, much more.
CEOs, top athletes and world-class performers are looking to live a wildly successful, abundant life and to leave a legacy that imprints on the history of the world.
In line with this, executive coaching -- at the highest level -- must open up the path for clients to go for bigger and bigger goals...
"Moonshot" goals and innovations are not a new concept. If you look closely, you'll see them pop up throughout history.
We're talking about things like "defying gravity so humankind can take to the skies in a flying machine" or "putting a man on the moon" or "replacing horses with motorized vehicles known as cars" or more recently...
The personal computer, the iPhone, and the internet.
High-performing clients love working on ideas, insights, and innovations that can create this level of exponential, world-changing impact.
They thrive on "moonshot" goals because it keeps things exciting, prevents boredom from setting in and stretches them to keep going for their highest potential.
The truth is moonshot goals bring out the best traits, skills, creativity, and productivity in the best of the best.
They are game-changing stretch goals that have the potential and the capacity of shifting the trajectory of the entire human race.
But here's the thing about the top performers you need to be aware of...
They have the potential to change the world and they know they can do it but they want to achieve all of it ... yesterday.
So they set ridiculous timelines for themselves and push way too hard. This often leads to major issues like health problems and burnout.
Going for moonshot goals is hard work and it's easy for high performers to lose themselves in their pursuit of exponential results and excellence.
Your role and your work in executive coaching is about supporting them so they can see that it's not just about the destination, it's also about the journey...
And it's about who they are becoming as they go for those massive moonshot goals.
Here are some questions you can with your clients to help them identify and aim for a moonshot goal.
What is a big change you want to see in the world? If you could wave a magic wand and get something changed, what would you like to change?
How would you like to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be?
What is one radical transformation you're willing to make in your personal life to achieve a moonshot goal?
What is the cost of achieving this goal?
What is the cost of not achieving this goal?
How do you plan to take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically during your journey?
Executive Coaching Principle #1: Get Uncomfortable
Executive Coaching Principle #2: Become Fearless
Executive Coaching Principle #3: Tune into Emotions and Energy
Executive Coaching Principle #4: Encourage the Moonshot
Executive Coaching Principle #5: Lead Don't Follow
Executive Coaching Principle
#5: Lead Don't Follow
Extraordinary CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs are leaders by nature.
They're accustomed to having just about everyone in their life follow their lead.
However, world-class executive coaching is not about following, it's about leading your client to connect with who they truly are...
Even as they continue to improve on all aspects of their inner and outer world.
As they aim to achieve outstanding results and outrageous success...
As they manage hundreds, sometimes thousands, of employees and followers...
And as they step into the spotlight to perform at their best as millions of fans watch their every move...
You need to lead them toward their authentic self and their values and this means having the courage to tell the truth even if it hurts or causes discomfort in the moment.
Here's the thing...
Some of these truths can be hard to hear.
Here's an example...
There was a high-power CEO who believed everyone in his upper management team was not assertive enough at meetings.
It turned out that wasn't the case.
The real reason people didn't speak up at meetings was because the CEO often interrupted them.
This stirred up feelings of frustration and even fear as managers and other high-level executives felt like they were not being heard or that their ideas were not good enough.
In situations like this, a great executive coach who isn't afraid to share the truth is worth more than their weight in gold!
Often, your client will have no one telling them the truth in their world so you need to step up as the truth teller so they can get to where they want to go in their life and work.
Here are key questions you can work with to empower and motivate your clients to hear the truth from you:
What do you not want me to ask you?
What do you not want people to know about you?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What are you doing to procrastinate or pull away from your goal?
What are some comments or feedback you've heard about yourself that you don't like?
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