Get leadership coaching like an Ivy League business school
I compiled a series of posts on experiences and lessons from coaching MBA students at Columbia Business School. Click here to read the series. Meanwhile, here’s the introductory text:
Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Does this describe you:
- Highly motivated?
- Limited time?
- Want to know top-5 business school culture (or just learn to lead like someone from one)?
This series will help you.
Columbia Business School provides a service to its students helpful to anyone â€” it has each MBA candidate take a 360-degree report and gives each a coach to help interpret the results and create a plan to act on it.
I took the program and have been coaching Columbia MBA students through this program for years. Since we have only one hour but the students are so highly motivated, itâ€™s like super-effective lightning coaching. Many students have gotten enough value to tell me things like â€œthis is why I chose business school at Columbiaâ€ and â€œI canâ€™t believe how much I could change outside the classroom.â€
Over time Iâ€™ve picked up some common threads valuable to everyone looking to improve their leadership or any other business or social skills. These lightning coaching sessions are like microcosms of longer-term coaching, except that their limited time puts the onus on the client to continue on their own. If youâ€™re looking to improve and havenâ€™t yet decided to get a coach or go to business school, this series may work for you. (The success of these one-hour coaching sessions is why I decided to give my first hours free).
This series first describes the 360-degree report, something helpful to understand even if you donâ€™t get to take one, just to know the process and what information you could act on. Then it describes some things you can do to create and start to implement a personal development plan.
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