Executive Coaching for Technology Executives

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Is this you? Your role as executive comes with an array of challenges you have not yet faced or previously faced, but not well. You could use confidential support for problem solving. Or you confess you don’t have the road map to be the leader you want to become. You need someone other than your colleagues as a sounding board. Perhaps it is time to change employers and you realize the skills for job search have changed and you are not certain you have the magic to open the right doors. You appreciate most of the advice offered is geared for people much younger in their career. 

Welcome to your online executive coaching resource. You will find answers to many questions on leadership, solutions to significant problems and discussions of trends and topics only executives face.

You are invited to comment, submit questions and participate in discussions. Need more support? Contact me to see if executive coaching is a match for your needs. We can create a personal program to get you where you want to be. Contact me: rita@ritaashley.com.

Ready to change jobs and find the challenge daunting, even mystifying? Finding moving from Director to VP difficult? 97% of my clients have reached their career goal within six months when they follow my coaching advice for job search. Contact me to discuss your particular challenges to see if coaching makes sense at this point in your career. 

Six ways to optimize any meeting

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Get the most from meeting face time.

How many times have you found yourself doodling or wool gathering during an important meeting? Bet it is because the topic doesn’t include you or you wonder how things got so off course. The decision to gather busy people into a meeting is prompted by a perceived need that only face to face interaction will accomplish whatever is the need. Here’s how to make the best use of that time. Continue reading

Get employees from “I quit” to “I want to work here”?

High employee retention as an indicator of strong leadership. Managing unwanted attrition.

When an executive comes to me with an employee problem I always ask how did this happen? How did it get to this point? The answer is often, “They didn’t tell me there was an issue.”

If blind sighted with employee issues, a close look at the management style and outcomes is in order. Is it possible there does not exist an environment or opportunity for employees to discuss issues? The problem [and the resolution] rests with the executive, not the employee. Continue reading

Job security your way

Create your own job security. How executives get control over their careers.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “40% of all executives leave their jobs within 18 months.” And every one who does potentially causes serious long-term career damage. Continue reading

Job security made simple

Building job security is simple but it sure isn’t easy.

“Are you adding real value or merely passing information along? How do you add value? By continually looking for ways to make things better. …Every hour of your day should be spent increasing the output or value of the output of the people for whom you are responsible.” Andy Grove on job security.

Why do  some people appear to be bullet-proof when lay offs and bad economic times force many very talented executives onto the unemployment lines? Your value to the company is based on many attributes, but the bottom line IS the bottom line. As the CEO of your career, how you contribute and how you invest in the contributions of your team are critical factors for career stability. Continue reading