Executive Coaching

Executive coaching involves working through a situation with a neutral partner, the coach, who is an objective observer.

Coaching helps to bring clarity of thought, changes in behaviour and to develop the confidence

to move forward and fulfil our potential.

Executive coaching | Leadership coaching | Global executive coaching

LifeForward’s one-to-one executive coaching is both empathetic and challenging. We combine listening, questioning, observing and feedback to help clients improve self-awareness, overcome mental barriers to change thinking and behaviour and create opportunities for ongoing personal growth and development.

Finding the right coach

If you are thinking about working with a coach, it can be challenging knowing where to start. When working with a coach, you need to feel comfortable that there is good rapport, that you have confidence in the coach’s ability to help you, and you feel you can be open with them. That is why we always offer a free chemistry session before you make a decision about working with us.  

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The best way to choose a coach is to talk to them.

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“The coaching sessions have taught me how to view my business problems from a different perspective; particularly on how to view problems and solve them as a leader. As part of my leadership training you have also taught me how I should approach different people with different business chemistry in order to have effective relationships. Most of all, your coaching instilled the confidence for the LEAD program to be a partner at Deloitte.”

New Partner, Deloitte LLP, Singapore

What else do our clients say?

Executive coaching in an organisation

One-to-one executive coaching in an organisational setting is a valuable solution for personal development needs. Typical engagements include working with clients to:

  • Build confidence, emotional intelligence competencies and strategic thinking, all critical when taking on a leadership position;
  • Focus on individual development needs to build new skills in preparation for promotion;
  • Address specific work-place challenges in order to improve leadership capabilities and overcome barriers to promotion;
  • Set goals and create an action plan to move forward and achieve personal and business goals.

Executive coaching for leaders

We help leaders to identify their strengths and leadership style and gain the confidence to lead authentically, aligning personal and business values in a clear vision for the future.

  • Our focus on emotional intelligence competencies such as self-awareness, self-assessment and self-management gives leaders the skills they need to continue to grow and develop throughout their career;
  • We also work with leaders to develop new skills, such as strategic thinking and planning, business development, executive presence, eminence building, change management and personal impact to help them manage the transition from management to leadership.

Global Executive Coaching

Our global coaching programme has two aspects: leading a global team and international assignments,  Drawing on our own experiences of relocating and working overseas, consulting with experts and bringing together valuable tools and resources in one unique offering, we provide coaching to support global leaders and individuals relocating overseas in order to excel in a multicultural environment.

We introduce our coachees to useful tools and resources to help them think through the new challenges and opportunities that a global working environment offers. Through our coaching programme we support leaders to build awareness of the specific needs of their team and redefine their skills to maximise both their own and  their team’s potential wherever they are in the world.

  • Global Coaching for Leaders
  • Global Coaching for International Assignments

Emotionally intelligent leaders may be confronted by new challenges when leading and seeking to motivate a multi-cultural team. Even with the level of understanding of personality preferences offered by tools such as Insights Discovery®, skills such as effective communication, persuasion and motivation, feedback and evaluation may have distinct differences from one culture to the another. These can be exacerbated where teams are located across the world and work together virtually, since much of the non-verbal communication queues can be lost and opportunities to build rapport and understanding are reduced.

In the case of international assignments, there is often miscommunication at the outset between the home office, the receiving office and the individual. Without clearly agreed goals and objectives, appropriate lines of reporting and accountability and achievable success measures, many assignments can become expensive and ineffective. As with global coaching for leaders, cultural differences around attitudes to communication, leadership, decision-making and building trust can be a potential minefield if not approached with the right degree of open-mindedness and willingness to learn. 

As part of our global coaching programme we provide executive coaching before, during and after the assignment to ensure the core elements are in place to support a successful assignment.  

Leadership Development 

Our leadership development programmes incorporate workshops, executive coaching and Insights Discovery® in order to help leaders develop their capabilities, target critical skills and identify areas for development. We work with Insights Discovery® personal profiles and the new Transformational Leadership profile to help leaders build awareness of their leadership strengths and areas for development.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although LifeForward’s executive coaching is business-focused, the coaching includes anything that our client brings to the table. By its nature, coaching may cover anything that affects thinking and behaviour. It may include: overall wellbeing; commitments that absorb time and energy outside work (eg family, charitable roles, sport, hobbies and so on); significant life changes such as personal relationships or business secondments; and the impact of personal decisions on work or vice versa.

Therefore, there is no clear line between executive coaching and life coaching. As coaches, we work with what arises during the sessions and our coaching is tailor-made to individual needs.

When working in an organisational setting, we make sure everyone – the organisational sponsor, the coachee and ourselves as coach – is in agreement as to the purpose and objectives of the coaching engagement. We also ensure that everyone understands the confidentiality of the coach-client relationship with respect to the individual being coached. As Professional Certified Coaches with the International Coach Federation we implement fully their Code of Ethics.

As a result, we  build trusted relationships with both the organisation and our individual coaching clients.

Recognising that a significant number of international assignments do not achieve their objectives, and often result in the assignee departing from an organisation, LifeForward offers a specific coaching programme to support assignees and the needs of the business at all stages of the international assignment. We work with the individual and the organisation before the assignment starts, on arrival and during the secondment overseas and also when preparing to return home. We focus on clear goals and objectives, personal impact and preparation, cultural awareness and many other aspects may be critical to success.

Common areas of focus for executive coaching

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Authentic leadership
Communication
Building presence
Self-awareness
Innovative thinking
Awareness of others
Time management
Challenge behaviours and beliefs
Define goals
Confidence
Emotional intelligence
Personal leadership styles
Business development
Working with stakeholders
Managing conflict
Self-management

What to expect from LifeForward's coaching?

Initial conversations with leader, team and key stakeholders to determine appetite and commitment to coaching engagement.

A team assessment gives insight into current strengths and areas for improvement that may have been identified

The coach works with the team to observe, provide reflection, and challenge the existing team dynamics

The team coaching engagement may also include working one-to-one with the team leader and individual team members to support the coaching process and work towards desired outcomes

Confidentiality
Team assessment
Team coaching
Team development
One to one coaching


Step 1 ~ Where are you now?
A realistic assessment of one’s current position is a good starting point for personal development. This requires honesty with oneself, self-reflection and self-awareness.
How can coaching help?
Working with a trusted coach, who will listen, question and challenge perceptions, can be valuable for busy people to take the time they need to pause and reflect on what's working well and what could be improved.
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Step 2 ~ What are your goals and aspirations
Identifying goals and aspirations helps give direction and meaning to what we do. Aligning personal and business goals ensure positive engagement at work and a balance in life.
How can coaching help?
Coaching provides the opportunity to challenge ourselves to do things differently or better, to try something new, set aspirational goals and to fulfil our potential.
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Step 3 ~ What is stopping you moving forward?
Limiting behaviours and beliefs are often hard to identify and even harder to change. Getting to the root cause of a problem is a critical first step in solving it.
How can coaching help?
Through listening and questioning, a coach challenges individuals to develop their self-awareness, to gain an understanding of motivations and beliefs,  take ownership of behaviours and understand how to bring about change.
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Step 4 ~ What do you need to differently?
Changing habitual behaviours takes practice, enabling the brain to create new connections and allowing new desired patterns of behaviour to become the norm.
How can coaching help?
Working with a coach over an extended period can help reinforce new desired patterns of behaviour and provide the discipline and accountability needed to focus on and achieve ambitious goals. 
Previous
Next


Step 1 ~ Where are you now?
A realistic assessment of one’s current position is a good starting point for personal development. This requires honesty with oneself, self-reflection and self-awareness.
How can coaching help?
Working with a trusted coach, who will listen, question and challenge perceptions, can be valuable for busy people to take the time they need to pause and reflect on what's working well and what could be improved.
Previous
Next


Step 2 ~ What are your goals and aspirations
Identifying goals and aspirations helps give direction and meaning to what we do. Aligning personal and business goals ensure positive engagement at work and a balance in life.
How can coaching help?
Coaching provides the opportunity to challenge ourselves to do things differently or better, to try something new, set aspirational goals and to fulfil our potential.
Previous
Next


Step 3 ~ What is stopping you moving forward?
Limiting behaviours and beliefs are often hard to identify and even harder to change. Getting to the root cause of a problem is a critical first step in solving it.
How can coaching help?
Through listening and questioning, a coach challenges individuals to develop their self-awareness, to gain an understanding of motivations and beliefs,  take ownership of behaviours and understand how to bring about change.
Previous
Next


Step 4 ~ What do you need to differently?
Changing habitual behaviours takes practice, enabling the brain to create new connections and allowing new desired patterns of behaviour to become the norm.
How can coaching help?
Working with a coach over an extended period can help reinforce new desired patterns of behaviour and provide the discipline and accountability needed to focus on and achieve ambitious goals. 
Previous
Next


Step 1 ~ Where are you now?
A realistic assessment of one’s current position is a good starting point for personal development. This requires honesty with oneself, self-reflection and self-awareness.
How can coaching help?
Working with a trusted coach, who will listen, question and challenge perceptions, can be valuable for busy people so they take the time needed to pause and reflect on what's working well and what can be improved.
Previous
Next


Step 2 ~ What are your goals and aspirations?
Identifying goals and aspirations gives direction and meaning to what we do. Aligning personal and business goals ensures positive engagement at work and a balance in life.
How can coaching help?
Coaching provides the opportunity to challenge ourselves to do things differently or better, to try something new, set aspirational goals and to fulfil our potential.
Previous
Next


Step 3 ~ What is stopping you moving forward?
Limiting behaviours and beliefs are often hard to identify and even harder to change. Getting to the root cause of a problem is a critical first step in solving it.
How can coaching help?
Through listening and questioning, a coach challenges individuals to develop their self-awareness, gain an understanding of motivations and beliefs,  take ownership of behaviours and understand how to bring about change.
Previous
Next


Step 4 ~ What do you need to differently?
Changing habitual behaviours takes practice, enabling the brain to create new connections and allowing new desired patterns of behaviour to become the norm.
How can coaching help?
Working with a coach over an extended period can help reinforce new desired patterns of behaviour and provide the discipline and accountability needed to focus on and achieve ambitious goals. 
Previous
Next

Benefits of LifeForward's executive coaching

  • What our clients say
  • The benefits of executive coaching
  • Executive coaching and Insights Discovery

Coaching for self-development

Ability to move forward on issues and goals
Better motivation and personal effectiveness
Greater self-awareness and understanding
Increase self-confidence and self-belief
Build self-esteem
Manage stress
Identify unhelpful and limiting behaviours
Increase resourcefulness and resilience
Adapt to change

Coaching for Communication

Empathy and rapport
Managing difficult conversations
Influencing people
Building relationships
Effective leadership
Creating a vision
Effective meetings
Giving and receiving feedback
Building eminence in the market

At LifeForward we use Insights Discovery in one-to-one coaching to help clients develop self-awareness and understanding of themselves and others. 

Insights Discovery is a psychometric evaluation tool that builds on Carl Jung’s 8-type wheel to describer personality preferences in terms of colour energies. It helps people to easily recognise and understand differing personality styles and preferences to improve communication, team work and leadership capabilities.

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Sarah Reynolds
PCC, ACA, CTA
Director