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Introduction to the series by Christina Koutsoukos
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Padraig O'Sullivan

When CEOs send an SOS: the role of the executive coach
How do you become the best executive you can be? An MBA can only take you so far, and many companies these days have lost their internal mechanisms of leadership coaching – if they ever had them. One way to reach your full potential is to get help from an ‘executive coach’ like Padraig O’Sullivan. (Running time: 17 mins 50 secs; Download: 16.4MB)

Conversation focus

  • Executive coaching has little in common with self-help ‘life coaching’.
  • Executive coaching is business and solutions focused and results oriented. It is a systematic method that helps you grow your business. It is therefore highly practical in nature, with an emphasis on common sense and effective communications.
  • The downsizing of organisations, with massive cuts to middle management, has resulted in a loss of corporate memory and skill, creating voids in the skill and knowledge base of new executives.
  • Executive coaching has a focus on behaviour (one’s response to situations). Behaviour has an impact that mere words do not. An executive’s emotional intelligence (EQ) is usually much more important than their intelligence quotient (IQ)
  • Executive coaching is particularly useful to help management implement change within an organisation.

About Padraig O'Sullivan

Padraig O’Sullivan is an executive coach. With an extensive background in sales and marketing, he holds an MBA in HR and leadership and a diploma in behavioural coaching. He is the founder of his company Alsion Group, a leading organisational development and executive-coaching company. He is committed to ensuring that his executive clients reach their full potential.

Useful resources

The Alsion Group

Praesta International

Daniel Goleman and Emotional Intelligence

EQ Self-test

What got you here won't get you there by Marshall Goldsmith

Original artwork by Nicola Hensel

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