Our Leading for Purpose program is designed for volunteer, charity and not-for-profit organisations. This is a nonprofit sector leadership coaching model delivered by executive coaches who have experience leading in the nonprofit, corporate and public sectors.
Leaders in this sector face particular challenges that can include:
- multiple stakeholders;
- mixed volunteer and professional workforces;
- uncertain funding streams; and
- governance models that are in development.
Opportunities for leadership development can be limited by the small size of many organisations in the not-for-profit sector. And the pressure to prioritise resources to the immediate needs of clients often trumps investment in capability.
This program is designed around those particular needs and delivered in the context of the sector.
Executive Central has partnered with the Centre for Volunteering to offer leaders in the not-for-profit sector, and other ‘For Purpose’ business models, a professional development program that is often only available in large corporations and government agencies.
The Leading for Purpose program is suitable for leaders who have significant responsibility and those who are on a leadership journey, such as: directors, executives, emerging executive talent and recently promoted managers.
The program starts with a detailed needs analysis so we can tailor solutions to your organisation’s specific needs. We use group and personal coaching to support and challenge participants towards taking their seat at the leadership table. The program is supported by the involvement of managers or mentors.
Participants complete projects, such as relevant reading and completion of the Strengthsfinder Inventory.
Group workshops provide a team environment in which to learn from and with others. The facilitator introduces stimulus material on PowerPoint, pre-reading requirements and media, and suggested follow-up resources.
We create a relaxed and open environment in which people can test their ideas and have informed critical conversations with their peers. We link topics to the experience of the participants, and approach facilitation by putting participants at the centre.
This guarantees a high level of engagement from the audience.
One-on-one coaching develops self-awareness of strengths, values and attitudes. It also identifies areas for further development. Coaching provides a confidential environment in which:
- you are supported and challenged;
- a platform on which to fine-tune strengths and explore professional challenges;
- the opportunity to communicate your vision and values;
- assistance in developing long-term strategies for organisation and individual success, and;
- the encouragement and affirmation needed to for you to reach your desired outcomes.
We recommend that participants organise into a peer learning partner system. Having a learning partner means that you have someone who can give you a reality check, insights or a boost. We recommend that learning partners meet independently from the structured workshops, with an agreed combination of grabbing a coffee together, phone contact or emails as required. All learning partner relationships evolve in their own way.
READING & MEDIA
Participants are asked to prepare for the group workshops with reading and reflection. We source current articles and papers from research providers such as McKinsey and HBR, and provide insights from academic and industry or professional journals. Digital media includes links and video as further stimulus and inspiration.
Executive Central’s I-WE-YOU leadership model is a practical and effective framework that we coach organizational leaders to use. It is one of the key pieces of leadership intellectual property we have developed based on extensive research and professional practice.
I-WE-YOU describes the shift of focus and value delivery that leaders must make as they evolve and unlock their full leadership potential.
The I-WE-YOU framework helps support clients to grow their own leadership and that of the broader organisation.
I-WE-YOU LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK
Executive Central has developed a 360° Capability Assessment Tool built around our pragmatic I-WE-YOU leadership framework.
We tailor the survey to ensure all elements of individual client needs are thoroughly investigated and language is consistent. The LCAT produced detailed and powerful insights about the participant’s leadership style and effectiveness.
It surveys the perspectives of participants, their manager/s and professional observers or colleagues. This produces a detailed report of competencies across 12 components of the I-WE-YOU leadership framework.
ECOS is Executive Central’s exclusive on-line tool for measuring and assessing emotional intelligence.
A person’s level of emotional intelligence is a major determinant of his/her ability to achieve superior results with and through people they interact with.
ECOS uses a simple menu driven structure to enable users to plot their operating style and the style of other people, quickly and accurately. Users receive comprehensive information about each of the six Operating Style to help them significantly improve their self-awareness and their awareness of how others prefer to operate.
These insights greatly improve the results people can achieve by working with and through others.
ECOS can be licensed for use from Executive Central.
Our Leadership Snapshot is a lean assessment based on the LCAT.
We tailor the survey to ensure all elements of individual client needs are investigated and language is his consistent. The Leadership Snapshot produces detailed and powerful insights about the participant’s leadership style and effectiveness.
It surveys the perspectives of participants, their manager/s and professional observers or colleagues to produce a snapshot of competencies across a section of the I-WE-YOU leadership framework.
The Innovation and Effectiveness Diagnostic analyses the strengths and weaknesses of your organization and its teams through an online survey. It provides an overall score for organizational effectiveness — the Organizational Effectiveness Measure (OEM) – and from this, the degree to which your organizational culture is either helping or hindering innovation can be determined.
We have long been able to measure individual performance through 360 measures. Now the the Innovation and Effectiveness Diagnostic applies a tool backed by scientific rigour to produce that perspective and data for understanding an organization’s cultural effectiveness for innovation.
We have identified nine capacities through extensive research in the educational and business sectors. The capacities are critical for a culture of innovation and collaboration. Learn more.
All of our work with leaders is based on unlocking potential and developing your strengths. The Gallup organisation’s Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a self-assessment inventory that helps participants to identify their key strengths.
We work with you to formulate plans to mobilize your strengths for maximum effect in your organisation and in the marketplace. Participants find the strengths work to be an affirming and empowering experience.
Together we look at:
- The model: The strengths model and how it applies to you, your team and other colleagues.
- You: your own personal talents and strengths.
- Opportunities: How you can identify and maximise opportunities to develop your leadership from a strengths base.
The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) can be used during the needs analysis process of a coaching assignment. It is one of several assessment tools that can be used to determine needs.
The LSI is an individual 360 degree assessment tool that uses self-assessment and feedback from colleagues, to identify a client’s personal thinking and behavioural styles. It provides powerful insights into strengths and areas for development, which can enable people to start a profound journeys of personal growth.
The assessment tool is designed for executives, managers, leaders, students and people in professional and technical roles. LSI is a powerful tool that has helped millions of people to understand and change the way they think and behave.
Experienced and accredited Executive Central coaches use the Human Synergistics Leadership/Impact® (L/I) tool with executives and managers they coach to provide unique insights into their personal leadership strategies. The L/I assessment also illustrates the effect of those strategies on the behaviour and performance of others.
The L/I tool is a product of extensive leadership effectiveness research. It is used by organisations globally and has been featured in leading peer-reviewed academic journals.
An Executive Central consultant can apply the Human Synergistics Organizational Culture Inventory® (OCI) to assess your organization’s culture. The OCI is the world’s most widely used tool for measuring organizational culture. It is based on decades of academic research and uses the latest survey technology.
The OCI can be used to deep dive into your organization’s cultural make-up. One of our experienced consultants can use the OCI to reveal what you’re really asking of your employees and how it affects their performance, motivation and job satisfaction. Ultimately, it can provide a foundation stone for achieving successful, sustainable cultural change.
Executive Central consultants can use the Human Synergistics Organizational Effectiveness Inventory™ (OEI) tool to help you develop a deeper understanding of your organization’s culture, through the perspectives of the people who live it every day.
The OEI is a partner tool to the Organizational Culture Inventory® (OCI). It provides valid, reliable and usable data on the structures, systems, technologies and skills/qualities that affect your culture. It also provides recommendations if those components need to change in order to improve performance and long-term effectiveness at individual, group and organizational levels.
- Leaders taking ownership of their career development;
- Awareness and enhancement of individual strengths for greater performance;
- Increased confidence to engage with and influence people – internal and external;
- Transformation and self-awareness of strengths, leadership style and potential.
- Strengthening the leadership pipeline;
- Leadership diversity that leads to market alignment, creativity and innovation, financial performance
- Healthy, engaged culture with increased attraction and retention
- Improved Board/Management/Leadership alignment
Coaching Academy graduates are certified as an Executive Central Accredited Executive Coach. Our highly-regarded certification comes with a logo to promote in your email signature, CV, LinkedIn profile or portfolio material.
Completion of Executive Central’s Coaching Academy program is a highly-regarded leadership and coaching qualification that can be used to gain credits towards a Master of Professional Studies degree at The University of Southern Queensland.
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“When we started doing staff engagement surveys we were good, but we wanted to be better. That led to the leadership development we’ve done with Executive Central, and through that, all of our financial results improved over that period and our service levels improved.”
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