Executive Career Coaching

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Defining your career is a big step.

ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER TRAJECTORY

Lynn Dessert offers individual executive and career coaching by phone or SKYPE to a select number of clients. Her clients are not company sponsored and pay for the services directly. Lynn is based Charlotte, NC and is available to initially meet in person.

 

WHY USE A CAREER COACH?

There are several situations where executive and career coaching can make a significant difference, especially if career progression is a top priority.

Career coaching is appropriate if you are employed, starting a new job or you are currently out of work. Each situation has a unique set of challenges. Here are real life situations where clients have sought out Lynn Dessert for career coaching (expand clicking the plus sign):

 

Career Coaching for Currently Employed

If you are currently employed you may have noticed that organizations are doing less employee development. For good reason, organizations are reducing the number of top jobs and the investment in employee development at the lower levels is not paying off. Employees who receive development believe they are ready for promotions and when the organization can not comply, they leave.

Bottom line: Companies invest in programs that provide ROI. If there is a chance that you might leave, there is no incentive for them to develop you.

The savvy executive or executive-in-training takes personal responsibility for their own development. It may mean staying in your current organization and maximizing internal development opportunities or leaving to advance your career.

If you want to remain in the organization, Lynn’s executive background in Human Resources gives you the tools to position yourself for advancement by having the right conversations with the people who can become your advocate. Company politics still reigns in many organizations and if you are new to it, having an executive career coach who understands the implications can prevent you from making a career miss-step.

Perhaps you are thinking about doing something different? You may have reached a point in your life where you have the liberty and financial freedom to pursue something you are passionate about. The questions are: What is it? How can I make it work? Lynn helps executives figure out the answers to these questions. The executives who plan in advance make easier career transitions—is that you?

Career Coaching during Transitions

You landed a job in a new company. You might be excited and a little scared about it. Are these some of the questions you are asking yourself?

These are some of the questions Lynn Dessert works through with clients who have accepted new employment and want to be successful with the job on-boarding process. It is common for someone to work with her during the job hunt process and then continue their coaching sessions once they begin a new position.

There is a direct relationship between being successful and continuing to work for a new employer and addressing many of the questions proactively. When clients who have needed this coaching short-changed this step, the results can be very disturbing, such as an immediate loss of job.

Career Coaching for Unemployed

Career coaching is sought out at two pivotal points: when you are first laid off or after you have been out of work for a significant time.

There may be a strong need to get back to work quickly because of financial constraints such as you are the majority income producer or there are health insurance concerns. Financial constraints or pride may influence not using a coach, however, the longer you are out of work there are often more hurdles to overcome.

It has become more important to be aggressive about moving to your next job because employers may see you becoming stale as time passes without employment.

Here are some of the reasons a career coach may help make a difference:

  • Navigating the job market alone is daunting, especially if you are an introvert who wants to avoid networking groups.
  • Deep down you know your termination was for a good reason—your performance may have been the culprit or you had a bad relationship with your boss.
  • Holding yourself accountable for results is difficult; you achieve more when you have to report your progress.
  • It is easy to become distracted with too much information and sometimes conflicting advice confuses you.
  • You crave structure and a process to get things done efficiently.
  • There is uncertainty in your current career choice and you want to know if there are other options.
  • You are applying to everything and are not going after the right job or company.
  • At the interview stage, everything falls apart.
  • Your personal confidence is shot.

ASSESSMENTS USED IN CAREER COACHING

 

Do you want to learn more about the assessment commonly used in career coaching? See how each assessment gives you valuable information to aid your decision-making process. These are two assessments are used frequently in career coaching sessions:

 

HBDI Feedback Diagram

Hermmann Brain Dominance Instrument

The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) provides feedback on how your thinking style. Why is that important? Making career choices and decisions can be stressful and knowing how you approach your decision making process can improve your outcomes.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory is an assessment that gives your feedback on your interests. This is a great assessment if you are rethinking your career direction or expanding career options.

PRIVATE EXECUTIVE CAREER COACH PACKAGES

There are four ways to work with Lynn Dessert privately on your career goals. You can choose which coaching package works for your specific situation based on where you are at today, what outcomes you have set for yourself and how fast you want to get there.  As a general guideline:

    • The Power Coaching Session is a focused on a single issue with an immediate outcome.
    • The Interview Skills Coaching Package focuses on improving your confidence and skills for interviewing successfully.
    • The Starter Package is designed for reaching short-term outcomes.
    • The Standard and Executive Packages are for individuals who aspire to reach long-term outcomes.
    • The Small Business Coaching Package provides year-long support for coaches building their business.
Starter Coaching Package
If you are new to coaching, the Starter Coaching Package provides an introduction to the coaching process with time to move forward on your outcome(s). For three months, together we work on what’s important to you and work on the things that are getting in the way of you making progress.

 

 

The types of coaching outcomes from previous clients includes:

  • Exploring career options and finding a career to be passionate about
  • Making a decision to stay or leave an employer
  • Successfully transitioning or job on-boarding into a new company
  • Developing decision-making skills to make better career choices
  • Crafting a personal development plan aligned with career goals
  • Stabilizing employment  at current employer
  • Exploring options for post-retirement
  • Focusing on value add job search activities
  • Improving interviewing skills
Standard Coaching Package
Sometimes the outcomes you aspire to are lofty or require significant movement to be accomplished. The Standard Coaching package expands the support you receive as you move forward in your journey.

 

Some examples of longer-term outcomes Lynn has worked on with clients are:

  • Identifying and addressing personal roadblocks to career success.
  • Developing leadership and management skills to prepare for promotion and career advancement opportunities.
  • Visioning and developing  a new business venture.
  • Re-inventing oneself after a significant life change event.
Executive Coaching Package
Perhaps your needs are different – you want more time to spend during the coaching relationship to go deeper or broader. The Executive Coaching program builds in additional meeting time and flexibility for your busy schedule.

 

Examples of executive coaching outcomes:

  • Acting General Manager establishing himself as someone who owns the position.
  • Medical Director assessing his leadership and management to create better work/life balance and focus on career advancement.
  • Transitioning executive moving from the Operations to Human Resources function.
Small Business Coaching Package

I work with new coaches who want to build a business or with coaches who want to rethink their business. Some of the areas we discuss include:

  • Defining your unique value proposition
  • Marketing – who is you client, what is your approach?
  • Sales – how to sell without selling
  • Pricing models – what works best for you an your clients?
  • Website – how to attract clients with your website
  • Social Media – what should you do or not do?
  • Accountability – increase the pace and impact of what you get done
Interview Skills Coaching Program

Effective interviewing is one of the most stressful aspects of landing your next job. It is an underutilized skill and is critical to landing your next job or career move. Consider the Interview Skills Coaching Program if you are experiencing:

  • Low self-confidence
  • Difficulty answering questions
  • Not knowing what to ask
  • Lack of rapport with the interviewer

We work on each of these triggers that cause stress during the interview in three sessions.  One of the main reasons you do not feel confident is you don’t feel control in the interview. We’ll discuss how to change that around during the three sessions. Here’s the breakdown:

Interview Coaching Session 1

Prior to the first session, take the Herrmann Brain Dominace Instrument (HBDI) assessment and receive your feedback at the first session. The HBDI assessment identifies your steady and stress states and helps us craft your personal solution. After this session, you’ll know enough about your personal make-up to do the homework – developing killer questions and preparing responses that addresses your strengths and blind spots.

Interview Coaching Session 2

Review of your homework and building rapport skills through refinement and practice.

Interview Coaching Session 3

This session is devoted to what’s most important to you – role-playing an interview, concentrating on rapport skills or refining your questions and answers.

Note: Additional sessions available if you want to focus more deeply on a particular area.

90 MInute Power Coaching Session

To be honest, sometimes it only takes one session to solve a problem or figure out an issue. That’s why I created the 90 Minute Power Coaching session.

A 90 Minute Power Coaching Session does not use baseline assessments to examine personal behaviors or work through a complicated situation. It is designed to offer a confidential sounding board to explore additional resources, approaches, or perspectives while you tackle the problem on your own. You have my attention for the full 90 minutes either in person, by phone or via Skype.

To get the most out of your session:

  • You set the agenda ahead of time by sending me your burning question.
  • You tell me what you need: a coach or adviser. I am comfortable with either role or a combination of both.

It is easy to set up a session. No contracts or agreements are required.

The 90 Minute Power Coaching Session is offered to individuals who are seeking career and work related coaching or advice. This offer does not apply to company sponsored coaching or development programs.

Coaching Services for Private Pay Clients

 

Lynn is great. I hired her on a 1×1 personal coaching basis. The main objective I was seeking was achieved in half the time. The other half, she helped me to think beyond my current self and find new potential. She is very sharp, and does an outstanding job listening and responding. Her recommendations have always been in-line with my needs. I am already referring her to friends and peers.

 

Stacey Brown

IT Management Professional, XL Insurance

What You Can Do Today

Take ownership of your own career and invest in your future. If you continue to wait for your organization or someone else to do it for you, it may never get done.

If you live near Charlotte, NC or would like to engage a career coach by phone or SKYPE, why not take advantage of Lynn Dessert’s experience and insight when making key decisions about your career?