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You need talent that makes a difference. We have targeted solutions that deliver measurable ROI. So, give your company a competitive edge with leadership coaching with Connect the Dots.

The right people at the right time

You need to attract and develop the leadership talent to support your business operations and your customers. And you need to develop the pipeline of emerging talent as your organization evolves. You need real leadership. We have you covered for all that and more.

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Real leadership coaching solutions for real life situations.

In this fast-paced world, your competition is working just as hard to keep up with developing technology and new, innovative processes. One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is obtaining human capital and optimizing those investments.  

One of the most effective strategies to retain, reward, and attract the best people is providing targeted, professional development through coaching. This is one area where you can help your organization stand apart from your competitors with leadership that is equipped for the future.

Why settle for generic, bland, seminars when you can have a proven, customized leadership coaching that will produce lasting results and an on-going leadership culture? Our experienced certified coaches keep leaders engaged in our on-target® coaching methodology and we are ready to do the same for your organization.

And sometimes, a quick, targeted solution will do the trick, and deliver the right results. This is where our quickconnect® coaching solution can help your organization reap benefits.

There is no reason to settle for subpar leadership. So, let us take it to the next level together.

In-depth coaching that gives your organization the leadership you need for a competitive edge.

An affordable, targeted, virtual leadership coaching experience for your specific needs, while providing lasting results.

 

more about our leadership coaching

The benefits of leadership coaching are worth the investment, and the numbers back it up. Still unsure? Let us make our case to you.

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more about our leadership coaching

The benefits of leadership coaching are worth the investment, and the numbers back it up. Still unsure? Let us make our case to you.

View our Real Leadership in Under a Minute coaching videos

When coaching is the right solution

Measuring coaching effectiveness

Integrating the manager

Best use of 360s

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Coaching News & Updates

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As leaders continue to navigate an organizational landscape of virtual, hybrid, and in-person work, they need new competencies to foster connection of their teams and employees.

Employees who feel undervalued or disconnected have been leaving organizations far more frequently in the past two years, and it is up to leaders to reverse this trend. In April 2022, we sat down with CHROs to discuss these ongoing challenges and best practices to address them. Following is a summary of our discussion.

Discussion Points

What conversations have you had with your leadership teams?

  • Leaders are focused on how to protect their culture when everyone is working in different places, as well as how to evolve their culture to meet the current state.
  • The philosophy of the leadership team is a key driver of the decision to use a virtual, hybrid, or all-in approach. Participant CHRO organizations were in very different places with regard to “return to office” following the pandemic.
  • Leaders may be in denial that employees are feeling disconnected. If productivity remains high despite higher-than-average turnover, leaders may not see the link between connectivity and turnover.

What are you hearing from employees?

  • Some employees are very interested in in-person work, while others expressed dissatisfaction about returning to the office.
  • Employees want more empathy from their managers—not just asking about their weekends, but truly showing they care for employees at a deeper level. In particular, Gen Z employees’ workplace satisfaction depends on feeling valued and heard.
  • Many leaders need additional development in their situational leadership ability.

What tactics are your organizations using?

  • Regular listening groups or informal Q&A sessions make a big difference in employee engagement.
  • Feedback surveys are especially fruitful when they are followed-up by discussing the results with employees, identifying action items, and the leaders being transparent about the changes made.
  • Work teams also benefit from weekly wrap-up meetings to share accomplishments, feedback, recognition, etc. in a more casual and informal format

Need additional support?

As your leaders continue to stretch themselves to navigate new and challenging dynamics, coaching support can help them do so more effectively. CTD’s on-target® and quickconnect® coaching models give you the flexibility to invest in targeted coaching at any level.  Effective onboarding is another tool for organizations who want to differentiate themselves as an employer. Check out our solutions for leadership and all-employee onboarding that provide a branded, customized experience for your new hires. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your specific leadership development needs and a custom solution. 

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George Bernard Shaw said it best in his quotation about communication: “The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

The numbers are sobering:

  • 86% of senior executives, managers and junior staff at U.S. companies who report experiencing communication breakdowns that lead to reduced productivity, missed deadlines, and sales deals that don’t close, according to research from The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • 63% of U.S. employees in 2019 who have wanted to quit their jobs because ineffective communication has gotten in the way of doing their work, almost double from 2018 (33 percent), according to a Dynamic Signal study.

So, what can organization and individual leaders do to address these significant gaps?

Communicate clearly and often to reduce the opportunities for frustration, disengagement, and performance challenges.

As we continue to adjust to our new work environments, employees are looking to their leaders for clarity even more than usual.  Although leaders do not have all of the answers and are dealing with their own questions, establishing a regular cadence for communicating priorities and expectations and providing feedback is important.  And, because most of our communication will be done virtually, by phone and email, taking the time to be deliberately clear is critical.

Establish (or re-establish) a regular meeting cadence with your team and each individual

  • Continue staff and one-on-one meetings.
  • Send meeting agendas, keeping the scope tight and relevant.
  • Establish expectations for participation.
  • Include time to recognize team members’ well-being
  • Ask your team for feedback on the cadence – what’s working? What could be better?

Make yourself available to your team

  • Let your team know the best ways to communicate with you during this time.
  • Reinforce and “apply” organizational communication and policies to increase understanding and compliance.
  • Appropriately share how you are feeling about and managing the situation.

Be aware of assumptions: They will throw you off track every time!

  • Be specific about your expectations: “As soon as possible” may mean tomorrow to you, and next week to your team member.
  • Keep the basic communication model in mind: As information is exchanged between the sender and receiver, there may be a disconnect between what is intended and what is understood—particularly when you are using a different medium than usual (e.g., email vs. face-to-face).

By not underestimating the power and impact of simple, clear and consistent communication, leaders and organizations will see the payback both immediately and over time.  Regardless of the economic picture, market landscape or political environment, effective communication is a foundational component of a healthy and thriving organization.

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Newsletters

Our April Real Leadership Insight newsletter is all about Emotional Intelligence. The newsletter contains an informative overview of EQ-i, a mini case study on its use in our practice, and a piece about using EQ-i to help optimize team success. Read it here.

Our team-connect Survey Process

 

We start with thoughtfully diagnosing the team’s current culture by using available data, assessments and interviews.

This provides the team leader with a clear view of what is getting in the way of the team’s success.

We design a series of structured team sessions that:

  • Share the team culture analysis
  • Give team members the opportunity to talk through both processes and behaviors that need to be addressed
  • Productively provide feedback to one another
  • Develop both team and individual commitments that will lead to the team’s desired state

 

Measure progress by leveraging CTD’s team-connect Survey to:

  • Drive accountability and measure progress by collecting team feedback specific to one another’s engagement and behavioral change
  • Provide the team’s leader with a clear understanding of what he/she and the team need from each other to enable and support the team’s success
  • Share team and individual survey result reports