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Executive Coaching

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Are you an executive, CEO or other high achiever who puts a great deal of energy into your career? Do you need help managing the demands of your job? Are you spending more and more of your workday just putting out fires? Maybe leadership demands are not what you expected, and you feel both overworked and unproductive. It may be that you want to learn how to work better with difficult personalities. Perhaps you wish you had more time for the strategic thinking necessary to solve problems and excel in your career. Or, you need help defining your professional goals. At the end of the day, you might be left feeling drained, irritable and overwhelmed. Do you wonder if you might be struggling with career burnout? Would you like to find a better work/life balance, feel calmer in every aspect of your life and rise to the next level in your profession? 

High achievers who often think they can “do it all” are often caught off guard when things start to unravel because of job burnout. Job burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged stress and overwork. Driven by passion and extremely motivated, high achievers are often used to taking on more and more work, spending longer hours at the office. They push themselves so hard that they sometimes reach job burnout quite suddenly and very unexpectedly. When left unaddressed, job burnout can threaten your job and even your company if you are in a leadership role. Career burnout can also damage your personal relationships and wreak havoc on your physical and psychological health. 

Signs of job burnout:

  • Making decisions based more on emotion than reason
  • Not backing down/inflexibility
  • Feeling cynical about your job and/or management team
  • Difficulty thinking creatively 
  • Indecisiveness
  • Problems focusing and concentrating
  • Feeling restless and tired, even at the start of the day
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty finding the confidence and energy to inspire and lead others
  • Increasing use of alcohol and other substances in order to relax
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Business leaders today are dominated by many unacknowledged work demands that weigh heavily on their time, commitment and mental energy. For many, doing your job is only part of the battle. This is primarily due to one of the fundamental principles of today’s workplace – change. In a business environment that holds change up as a fundamental principle, you can never be satisfied with the status quo. Change is a critical factor in driving development of amazing innovations and cutting-edge solutions. However, when such a high rate of change is applied as a principle to work and life in general, some major fault lines begin to appear.

The unseen cost of this pace of change is frequently a decrease in your ability to plan strategically and think creatively. As a species, we tend do better when we know what to expect. You have time to plan and adjust your thinking. You can carefully consider the big picture and develop a map to strategically guide you towards your next step. When that’s not possible, our anxiety tends to spike in reaction to unexpected and unseen threats. We’ve been wired this way by evolution, so the pace of constant change in business can become problematic, making it more difficult to keep the big picture in mind when roadblocks inevitably appear.

Think of it like this – if there is the possibility of a bear outside the cave and you can’t make a plan to take a club with you every time you leave, your anxiety level will remain perpetually elevated because there is a high probability that you will get eaten when you leave. What’s worse, you’re going to remain anxious and stressed even when you’re inside your cave. The spike in stress becomes perpetual. Over time, living with permanently high levels of anxiety and stress can rapidly deteriorate your quality of life and physical health. But, with the help of an executive coach, you can develop skills to more effectively manage your attention and energies, guard against burnout, find a better work/life balance and help you and your company grow. 

What can I expect from an Executive Coach?

In one word, growth. As a leader, your central mission is to help your company develop and expand. A business coach plays a vital role in this process. CEOs and those in leadership positions sometimes mistakenly believe that their past achievements exclude them from further need for growth. That is like saying Olympic medalists should just start winging it. We all need fine-tuning and are always capable of greater levels of personal and professional growth. In order for your company to develop, you must seek out ways to grow within yourself. 

How Is Executive Coaching Different Than Therapy? 

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Executive and CEO coaching is different from traditional therapy because it is time-limited and solution focused. I act as a consultant, providing specific, directive feedback. While coaching should not be confused with therapy, as a trained psychologist with an in-depth understanding of how people operate, I bring a perspective that prioritizes helping the whole person, not just your management and technical skills.

While many business coaches and the professionals they help recognize the imperative for ongoing training and development, they often focus on the growth of the hard (or technical) skills, much to their detriment. Many coaches and leaders undervalue the importance of “soft” or interpersonal skills, such as self-knowledge. As a result, leaders often remain entangled in managing conflict within their senior management team and find themselves repeatedly implementing imprecise strategies to an unenthusiastic and sometimes apathetic organization. 

Most people I work with objectively understand what they need to do to resolve workplace conflict and take the next steps in their professions, but have been unable to make themselves respond to workplace challenges in an effective manner. They are blocked. My leadership coaching strategies can unlock greater self-knowledge. As we work together, you can develop greater insight into yourself so you can better adapt to the time demands and emerging needs of your business. Executive coaching can also help you gain a better understanding of how difficult personalities operate, helping you to become a more effective management team member or leader. 

Coaching Strategies can help you: 

  • Develop greater self-knowledge and interpersonal skills.
  • Work smarter, with more energy and focus.
  • Manage the tensions of office politics.
  • Articulate the vision of your leadership goals.
  • Identify and capitalize on your strengths.
  • Shape your identity as a leader.
  • Absorb setbacks and come back wiser and more grounded.
  • Feel calmer on the job.
  • Find a better work/life balance.
  • Define your career goals.
  • Manage your own resources more efficiently and combat the additional burdens inherent in understaffed companies.
  • Deal more positively with other perspectives.

I’m still not sure. What if people find out I’m seeing a coach? 

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I’m proud of my work and believe that ultimately, you will be, too. Though I believe those I coach should not feel that they need to conceal their involvement in our work together, I understand many CEOs and other leaders wish to keep our meeting private. Rest assured that I keep all information and relationships confidential. I do not discuss my clients or our work together with others. Unlike many coaches, I do not use the names of my clients’ companies in my marketing materials to promote my business. 

You’ve waited long enough for help. 

I have worked successfully with CEOs and other professionals to get at the heart of their leadership problems and work burnout. Every day, I help leaders and other professionals achieve positive, long-term change for themselves and their teams. Through executive coaching, you can find clarity in your career path, feel invigorated by your job again and live a more balanced life. 

Let’s talk about how I can help you make a positive change. Call me now at 415-350-9611 for a completely confidential phone intake. If you are not comfortable talking on the phone, you can email me at timlewispsyd@gmail.com. 

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