I have a range of clients including those in the legal sector, communications and notably the CBI. I work with people typically at Partner, Director or Senior Executive level.
The areas in which I help my clients seem to fall under the following three main categories:
Meeting Business Challenges
This is about helping clients get the right results at an individual and organisational level. Inevitably this can include helping clients to identify, drive through (and thrive through) significant business change/disruption. They often need help in thinking through how to address specific issues/obstacles which may inhibit progress (for example, helping people to change their behaviours to improve relationships with their teams). Typically, clients also need help in finding ways to cope with conflicting and/or competing priorities and commitments, and busy workloads, to make them manageable.
Most of the time success will be built on ensuring that clients think through setting and meeting clear objectives to achieve their business plans/objectives. Of course, success in business will almost always be ensured by clients working in ways which get the most out of the team who work with them - a subject which often arises.
Achieving Career Progression
This includes helping clients to continue to develop their high potential and to improve at things which they are already good at, giving them the 'edge' to reach their next level of performance. This involves supporting clients in identifying and exploiting the best aspects of their skillsets, enabling clients to build a reputation in areas which are important to them and the organisation. All of this is often in the context of their working successfully towards promotion.
Making Career Transitions
A frequent topic is helping clients think through how best to make the transition from being 'a manager' to becoming 'a leader'. This might involve helping a client to step up into a new aspect of a role, for example, becoming a board member. Sometimes clients need support in deciding whether they need to consider seriously a change in career direction.
I am also increasingly helping clients think through how they can move towards the next significant phase in their lives (for example, preparing for retirement) and establish a positive future for themselves and their families.