Consulting, Coaching & Therapy Services

Women today have more opportunities and responsibilities than ever before, BUT they also face more stress and pressure to meet those expectations. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed seems to be an accepted state of being as we try to just get through the day. Current research shows that Success is a choice, and with the help of Her HeartBeat, people can begin to incorporate daily success habits and mindsets that will revolutionize their lives. 

Business Consulting.

Her HeartBeat Business Consultants work with clients on strategy, planning and problem solving. They help clients develop business skills and knowledge, and specific success strategies. These success strategies range from designing a business model, writing a business plan, developing a marketing plan, implementing success strategies, to determining which marketing techniques to use and how to use them.

Executive Coaching.

Executive development is a critical aspect of all organizations and often one that is most overlooked. Executive coaching with Her HeartBeat develops specific success strategies specific for women in business that increases their leadership skills and strategies for success. 

People come to coaching for several reasons: They could be “stuck” and can’t think of what else to do in order to move the organization forward; there may not be anyone at their level that they can have confidential conversations with, or they believe if they were to change/improve something within themselves, the greater organization would benefit. Maybe they are ready to do something different but are not sure what that “something” is. Perhaps they are looking for change, a different perspective, or have important goals to reach. 

Executive or “business” coaching focuses on helping individuals go from where they are, to where they want themselves and their company to be. Whatever the reason, coaching is distinct from other forms of training and focuses on a specific way of “learning” for the executive. It is believed that “the more an individual is involved in identifying problems, in working out and applying solutions for them and in reviewing results, the more complete and the more long-lasting the learning is. This form of self-improvement tends to bring about learning with a deeper understanding than learning that is taught.”

[1] Given the right circumstances, one-on-one interaction with an objective third party, who is not tied to the organization or other executive or company influences, can provide a focus that other forms of organizational support cannot. Coaching develops the leader in “real time” within the context of their current job while allowing them to maintain their day-to-day responsibilities. “Unlike therapy, which goes into depth about various issues usually dealing with the past and consulting which generally results in giving the client answers, coaching is more action-oriented and focuses primarily on the present and future.”

[2] Coaching focuses on what the client wants and utilizes a process through the one-on-one coaching sessions to enable the client to self-discover, learn and determine their own “answers”. It is the client who determines the goals and commits to their goal, while allowing the coach to help hold them accountable.

Why Should You Hire An Executive Coach?

In today’s demanding business environment (cost pressures leading to flatter organizations, executive managers with more direct reports, “speed to market” as a competitive advantage with time pressure, etc.) executives have limited opportunity to devote time and energy to their own development as leaders. “Most executives struggle to fulfill the responsibilities of their positions and are too busy and too stressed to step back and learn from their experiences or to implement changes to satisfy best management practices.”[3]

The reasons for choosing coaching go beyond the need to correct or resolve problem behaviors or poor performance issues. Executive coaching is also chosen to develop executive-level skills, developmental and growth needs which impact the entire organization. 

In a study by Diane E. Lewis, respondents identified a variety of reasons for hiring executive coaches. [4] The reasons cited below encompass both problem solving and developmental emphases. They could also be described as change-oriented, with an emphasis on supplementing and refocusing the participant’s skills, or growth-oriented, with an emphasis on accelerating the learning curve for high-potential or recently promoted executives. The percentage of respondents citing that particular reason is in parenthesis:
 
•   To develop the leadership skills of high-potential individuals (86%).
•   To improve the odds that newly promoted managers would be successful (64%).
•   To develop management and leadership skills among their technical people (59%).
•   To correct behavioral problems at the management level (70%).
•   To help leaders resolve interpersonal conflicts among employees (59%).

Personal Executive Coaching.

Personal Executive Coaching has become a popular management tool because it puts the emphasis where it belongs -- on the person. It is our belief that most people want to make a difference but often don't know how. They desire optimal working relationships and want to meet corporate expectations, but often there is too little time to consider how one might address issues differently. 
Today many executives are taking it upon themselves to hire their own Personal Executive Coach. Their reasons vary. Perhaps they have picked up cues that indicate a need for refining their skills, or they may want to confront ineffective attitudes, or build a more effective team -- but it is always about improving performance.

Your Competitive Edge.

Most organizations believe that once someone reaches executive or senior status in the organization, they should inherently be able to act under pressure, inspire and implement ideas, keep their skills sharp and current, and have all the answers. In actuality, they can eventually get there on their own but the engagement of a qualified executive coach will exponentially increase not only the time it takes for the executive to get there but also the ability for the executive and the company to sustain the change.

Improvements that stem directly from coaching engagements include: enhanced executive learning, gains in corporate performance, enhanced relationships, increased leadership effectiveness and personal and organizational improvements. In the process, not only do executives improve themselves but substantially have a greater impact on their organization. 
 
Benefits to the organization include enhanced individual and organizational performance which positively affect organizational culture. These further provide enhanced reputation within the industry, improved employee morale, and positive work environments, thus greater productivity and enhanced client relationships. Coaching with Her HeartBeat can be your competitive edge!

Footnotes
1     Redshaw, 2000, p. 106
2     Laura Whitworth, “Co-Active Coaching”, Davies-Black Publishing, 1998.
3     Michael Brenner, “Executive Coaching for Managerial Excellence”, ArthurHouse, 2007
4     Diane E. Lewis, “Companies are hiring coaches to teach executives how to sharpen management skills and communicate effectively.”www.bostonworks.com/globe/articles/112600_coach.html, 3 May 2002