Posts Tagged ‘executive coaching’

Executive Coaching for Fortune 500 Executives: Is Boeing Next?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

With another delay announced for the 787 Dreamliner, I’m wondering when Boeing executives will invest in optimal thinking executive coaching. As a Boeing shareholder and an avid traveler on Boeing planes, I was concerned to learn about the onboard fire that forced an emergency landing on Tuesday’s test flight.

The Dreamliner is the first passenger jet constructed with lightweight carbon composites, and substantially cuts fuel costs. As a result, Boeing has received more advance orders (approximately 850) than any other plane in history. However, it is now questionable that Boeing will deliver the first 787 by next March as scheduled. Delivery is now almost three years behind schedule, and Boeing could deliver only two dozen Dreamliners next year, down from earlier estimates of 40 to 50, and more. Apparently, there are still too many unknowns.

The plane’s production has been held back by Boeing’s supply network. Apparently, Boeing executives failed to closely inspect what they expected from their suppliers earlier in the production process. There have also been issues outside of Boeing’s control, such as the unacceptable performance of the the Rolls-Royce engine that was to be employed in a test plane.

ceoBoeing has informed various suppliers to delay parts deliveries three times this year because one supplier, Alenia Aeronautica, did not deliver the 787’s horizontal tails on schedule. Many parts have had to be reworked, further slowing production.

The Dreamliner is a cutting-edge revolutionary innovation and its safety is of utmost importance, however it appears that Boeing executives have displayed suboptimal project planning and project management. When companies repeatedly disappoint their customers and shareholders, they provide them with reason to go elsewhere.

So how can Boeing executives demonstrate superlative leadership skills, and execute their highest priorities on time and on budget? In our proprietary evidence-based Continuous Enterprise Optimization (CEO) production approach, Optimal Thinking ensures the optimization of every activity, including design and processes, from conception to completion. Measurable results achieved with Continuous Enterprise Optimization tools and techniques are optimized and sustained, and suboptimal consequences are avoided. Optimization is the fundamental everyday standard.

During optimal thinking executive coaching, executives learn how to listen and involve their customers and suppliers to optimize – not just manage or improve – business structure, resources and processes to ensure the customers’ expectations are completely satisfied. Through our proprietary customer satisfaction survey and supplier optimization analysis, executives learn how to eliminate waste and minimize the variability to provide the most cost-effective, reliable products and services. Collaborative optimal decision-making is based on facts and data while results are monitored with key performance metrics to maximize compliance and productivity, and minimize risk.

We optimize business turnaround and achieve business optimization by:

cycle time   Minimizing cycle time
product quality   Optimizing quality
minimize production costs   Minimizing production costs
maximize customer satisfaction   Maximizing customer satisfaction


Executive Coaching to Optimize Extraordinary Performance

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

What can executive coaching do for outstanding executives? Extraordinary executives achieve exceptional results because they do not settle for the ordinary. They achieve more than the average leader, but do not optimize their personal development and business performance. In some areas, they settle for second best. Simply said, they are not employing Optimal Thinking consistently to achieve their highest mission, vision, values, guiding principles, strategy and best tactics.

bullseyeWhen you optimize your leadership skills with Optimal Thinking, you rise above the extraordinary, into the realm of the highest and best. During Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching, you eliminate the “could haves,” and “should haves” because you surround yourself with the right people and choose the most constructive option in every circumstance. Optimal Thinking empowers you to optimize — not just improve — your leadership skills.

Hire the Best People

Exercising due diligence with references, background checks, and credentials does not uncover the thinking style that best fits a team’s dynamics and an organization’s culture. The Optimal Thinking Online Assessment objectively measures the thinking styles of your candidates, so that you can accurately determine which candidates are the best fit for your organization.

Your Optimal Thinking executive coach will collaborate with you to hire Optimal Thinkers (people who are motivated to do their best, regardless of the circumstances). You will then minimize the need for incentives, rewards and recognition. Your new hires will optimize each task and perform most effectively with their team.


Executive Coaching to Optimize Mediocre Performance

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Why does Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching empower mediocre performers to be their best?  When executives demonstrate mediocre leadership skills, they are functioning well below their peak. They are not employing Optimal Thinking to achieve their greatest mission, vision, values, guiding principles, strategy and best tactics. They are settling for second best.

American business writer Lou Vickery believes: “Nothing average ever stood as a monument to progress. When progress is looking for a partner it doesn’t turn to those who believe that they are only average. It turns instead to those who are forever searching and striving to become the best they possibly can. If we seek the average level, we cannot hope to achieve a higher level of success. Our only hope is to avoid being a failure.”

During 23 years of research and executive coaching, we have learned that mediocre leaders are usually mediocre thinkers. Are you ready to optimize your thinking and leadership skills? When you employ Optimal Thinking to optimize your leadership skills, your actions are truly in your best interest, and the best interest of your organization. You are surrounded by the right people and your vision reflects your highest principles.

chessOptimal Thinking leaders point the best way forward. When leading optimally, they are concerned with what “the best” means to their people. They discover what their people value most and the beliefs and causes they are committed to.  They respect their humanity, embrace suboptimal thinking and emotions, then resolve issues with Optimal Thinking. They offer feedback to optimize their productivity, and support them in taking the most constructive actions.  By appropriately providing for their needs and wants and honoring feelings, thoughts and motives, they establish trust and inspire loyalty.

Optimal Thinking empowers mediocre performers to be their best, bring out the best from their team, resolve conflicts, and produce the best results. Working together as a united, accountable team to achieve the mission is a fulfilling, meaningful experience for all involved.

Optimal leadership skills enable these executives to make the most of their resources and relationships. During  Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching, executives gain crucial insight into themselves with our proprietary in-depth rate your thinking assessment. The Optimal Thinking Coach asks questions to  elicit the executive’s optimum personal, team, and organizational performance. We are here for YOU!


Executive Coaching for John Boehner?

Sunday, November 7th, 2010
John Boehner

John Boehner

Does John Boehner need executive coaching? On election night, presumptive new speaker of the House, John Boehner, choked up as he told the world: “I’ve spent my whole life chasing the American dream.” His voice trembled as he shared, “I started out mopping floors, waiting tables, and tending bar at my dad’s tavern. I put myself through school working every rotten job there was and night shift I can find. And I poured my heart and soul into running a small business,” Boehner wept. “And when I saw how out-of-touch Washington had become with the core values of this great nation, I put my name forward and ran for office.””

Commentators differed in their reactions. Some remarked that Mr. Boehner’s emotional speech enabled everyday Americans to better connect with him, while others mocked his inability to keep it together.

Abraham Lincoln cried on the stump. Bob Dole often cried in public, and Bill Clinton also shed tears. So is there an appropriate standard of emotional mastery for political leaders? When should seasoned politicians hold back their tears? What level of emotional intelligence should we expect from them? And where does Optimal Thinking fit it?

We have the best chance of meeting our needs when we think, feel, and give our best. Optimal Thinking is the vehicle that enables us to call forth our highest self to best meet our needs, achieve what is most important, and make the most of our feelings.

During Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching, leaders learn to accept, understand, and best resolve their feelings. Instead of being overpowered by their feelings, suppressing, denying or judging them, they employ feelings as optimization signals to point the best way forward.

Emotional Mastery: The Optimal Thinking Way is easily learned, instantly applied, and does not require a leap of faith.


Executive Coaching for Nancy Pelosi?

Friday, November 5th, 2010

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi

Would executive coaching benefit Nancy Pelosi?  After the election, Diane Sawyer asked House Speaker Pelosi about her performance.  Speaker Pelosi responded with “No regrets because we believe we did the right thing.  We worked very hard.”

So, what is congressional leadership really about? Are congressional leaders elected to represent the voice of the people, or are they elected to set their agenda and stick to their guns? Why are these leaders scorned when they change course based on information gleaned from the polls? What are their best options?

Theodore M. Hesburgh said “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” Optimal Thinking leaders choose to be their best, regardless of the circumstances. They are wholeheartedly committed to their purpose. Their vision or purpose is an expression of what they most deeply care about, and dedicate their lives to what is most meaningful to them. Sometimes their vision can take years or even a lifetime to manifest. In their vision, they sweep past the ordinary and extraordinary, into the realm of the optimal.

Martin Luther King Jr. shared his vision of equal opportunity for all races. His vision expressed his deep personal commitment to acknowledging God’s presence within every human being. For him, God’s presence unified all of humankind. This knowledge inspired him to share his vision of racial equality.

The founder of IBM, Tom Watson, visualized what his company stood for regardless of the services and products it would offer in the future.

So, did Speaker Pelosi do the right thing? If not, where did she go wrong, and how could she benefit most from your input?

Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching requires a willingness to learn, grow and optimize. This executive coaching process empowers individuals to employ best practices to execute the most compelling vision. So I ask, “Would Nancy Pelosi benefit from Optimal Thinking Executive Coaching?” I look forward to your most constructive comments.