By Judy Hemmingsen Managing Director of
Personal Strengths, Canada
During his tenure, this high potential executive was consistently rewarded with numerous “fast track” promotions and cross functional experience. Over the years, he consistently achieved superior performance ratings and was recognised for his demonstrated drive, intellect, commercial judgement and passion for the business. As a result, he was positioned as one of three high potential candidates for the CEO role.
Fortunately, the GM recognised his need to change, and willingly agreed to work with a professional coach in the effort to save his career. Using the SDI, including Strength Management and Feedback inventories, the Coach provided him with critical insight into how his behaviour was perceived (and sometimes misunderstood) by others. He developed the skills to choose behaviour more consciously, to reframe preventable conflict, and to actively manage disagreements in ways that would produce more productive work relationships.
From the organisation’s perspective, the corporate client reported that members of the management team noted a clearly visible change in his behaviour. Coaching with the SDI provided a cost effective solution to a potentially expensive issue. Termination of the GM would have amounted to costs in excess of $500,000, when considering severance payments, transition support services and the expenditures associated with replacing the intellectual capital of this highly experienced resource. By comparison, SDI Coaching services cost the company $10,000 – a wise business investment!