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. 

Reduce Turnover: Build a brand that says your career is safe with us

Do your employees feel their career is safe?

“No matter what industry you’re in, the people on your team matter most.” Bill Gates

Want to reduce turnover and increase productivity? Do you believe it is important to keep the institutional knowledge in-house? Do you hope to attract and hire ‘A’ players to your team to fill those critical positions?

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When is a leader an example of leadership?

What is a leader to you?

Leadership is defined variously with words like power, influence, vision and, it is claimed, cannot be taught. Oddly, most lists describing leaders and leadership begin with integrity. Which causes me to dismiss those lists. Continue reading

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

What’s wrong with 20-Somethings? Get the most from the ‘ME’ generation

Me: “What’s your goal for this new career move?”

20-Something: “I want to make as much money as I can as fast as I can.”

Me: “What are you willing to do to achieve that goal?”

20-Something: “What do you mean? I will work, get promoted and make a lot of money.”

Recent Executive Coaching clients have been challenged with how to motivate and manage the 20-Somethings, or the “Entitlement Generation” as they are sarcastically named. The Execs tried all the traditional career development techniques, created incentives and offered a lot of recognition – with no affect. Demands for more money and promotions continued and the complaints and low morale had a deleterious affect on the rest of the team, the timeline and the Exec’s confidence as a team builder. Continue reading