Executive Coaching

Executive coaching—a combination of personal counsel and proven strategic instruction—has long helped corporate executives guide their companies through growth and expanded earnings.

The Support Center offers a special version of coaching, tailored for leaders of the nonprofit community to advance themselves—and, at the same time, their organizations. Among the coaching results our clients report are strengthened leadership skills, improved professional staff development, success in navigating significant organizational change, and greater ability to form productive relationships with boards.

Our Coaches Help Clients Discover Their Own Solutions

Typically our coaches have at least 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and many are certified coaches. Coaches from the Support Center are experienced in thoughtful questioning and careful listening. They use this formula to evaluate a client’s needs in the course of meaningful conversation, from which clients gain value in:

  • Clarified thinking,
  • Self-awareness and increased self-confidence,
  • Identifiable solutions to workplace challenges,
  • Personal enhancement as top organizational leaders.

Academic research confirms our approach: when people are encouraged by neutral coaching to develop their own paths forward and their own solutions to problems (as opposed to being told what is necessary), they take self-assured actions that lead to positive outcomes.

How Does Coaching Work?

Coaching engagements through the Support Center usually consist of at least 10 coaching sessions. In your initial coaching session, you and your coach will spend time getting to know each other, clarifying the coaching agreements for the engagement and outlining the goals and objectives on which you want to focus.

The first session is almost always a face-to-face, in-person session and can range from 1-1 ½ hours. Subsequent coaching sessions can be held in person or by phone (e.g. Skype, etc.) and can range from 30 minutes to an hour.

We are committed to making sure your coaching needs and expectations are fully met. If during the first session you feel that you and your coach are not a good match for each other for any reason, you will be promptly matched with another coach.

Coaching is a very personal journey and the Support Center is here to make the process and experience as rewarding as possible.

Who Benefits From Coaching?

Top leaders of nonprofits—and organizations themselves—are refreshed and re-energized by coaching in the following ways:

  • Improved executive skills promote forward progress for the organization,
  • Newly appointed executives maximize their chances for long-term success,
  • Solid plans are developed to achieve personal and organizational goals.

Typically, nonprofit executives become more effective communicators within their respective organizations. Improved internal communication becomes the foundation of more efficient management and supervision—and greater professional satisfaction for all concerned.

Contact (212) 924-6744 ext. 302 or email Carolyn Champ, Associate Executive Director, to learn more.