Reflecting on 2023 through the lens of my role as an executive coach – whilst momentarily setting aside my other hats as a group coach, team coach, facilitator, and consultant – I revisit the nearly 500 individual coaching sessions I’ve facilitated over the past year.
What captures my attention? Much like in 2022, the mean number of sessions for each executive coaching process stands at six. Another year has passed where I count myself fortunate to have worked with remarkably skilled and humane individuals. They not only simplify my role but, more importantly, they enrich their lives and professional settings.
This statistic underlines my enduring commitment to fostering autonomy among those whose paths briefly intersect with mine. This brings me immense satisfaction, amplified by the knowledge that my children, Gaia and Kai, are always observing.
The data I’ve amassed offers invaluable insights, not just for my personal growth but also for all my clients – past, present, and prospective. With a handful of sessions (and the crucial inter-session work), my clients achieve significant milestones at various levels: intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, team, and organisational. The return on investment (ROI) for the brave souls embarking on this journey with me is remarkably high. I hold them in high esteem for their bravery and wisdom in making investments that yield rapid and, crucially, lasting benefits – a necessity in my systemic view.
As a lifelong traveller, I’m exhilarated to have engaged with an astonishing array of clients from nations such as Germany, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the Philippines, France, Guatemala, Guyana, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA, and Venezuela.
Moving into 2024, I carry forward several key learnings:
Cultural Diversity and Adaptability: Engaging with clients from a multitude of countries continues to immerse me in diverse cultures, communication styles, and business practices, enhancing my adaptability and flexibility. This, in turn, refines my ability to offer increasingly effective assistance, tailored to individual needs.
Global Knowledge and Local Perspectives: This experience grants me a precious understanding of business conduct and leadership across the globe, enabling me to compare and contrast various business and leadership practices, thus better serving my clientele.
Development of Intercultural Competencies: It naturally augments my intercultural skills, particularly beneficial in global leadership and the management of multicultural teams.
Reflecting on My Practice: Regular exposure to varied leadership approaches and styles propels me to continually evaluate my own methods and philosophies, identifying patterns, common challenges, and effective strategies. This reflection extends beyond my professional sphere, impacting my roles as a colleague, a man, a father, and a friend, thereby fostering both personal and professional growth.
Innovations in Coaching Methodologies: The rich tapestry of diversity I encounter compels and inspires me to innovate, experimenting with a variety of tools, techniques, and methodologies from coaching, psychology, and management, to meet the diverse needs of my clients.
In conclusion, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all my coaching clients for their trust and collaboration in enhancing their worlds and ours. Looking ahead to 2024, I am committed to delving into the most recurring themes and challenges, with the aim of composing a casebook rich in practical applications, underpinned by systemic theory and approach.
Lastly, I invite you to consider systemic coaching (my particular speciality 😉) as an invaluable tool for your personal and professional advancement. Should you wish to rapidly benefit at an individual, group, team, or organisational level, please feel free to reach out.