Magazine article New Zealand Management

INBOX: Coaching Plus -- Unlocking True Potential

Magazine article New Zealand Management

INBOX: Coaching Plus -- Unlocking True Potential

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New evidence-based personal development programmes are helping to reveal the true potential of many New Zealand executives, according to executive development and coaching company, ilume International.

"We are no longer satisfied that coaching as a behavioural tool will provide all the answers in today's complex world," says director Raechel Ford. "ilume now considers it too one dimensional.

"Executives and senior managers want coaching that provides clear results that are apparent to both them and their workforce."

Following a three year study with Professor Otto Laske, founder and director of the Interdevelopmental Institute in Boston, US, ilume has introduced its Constructive Development Framework (CDF) assessment programme to New Zealand.

"With the results of the CDF, ilume is able to build a robust evidence-based coaching programme for the individual that can deliver lasting change and recognition of their capacity."

The programme can reveal where their adult development is at, their capability to fulfill their role, and their potential. The key is in assessing an individual's hidden dimensions.

Ford says ilume has been debating the future of coaching for some time, and what changes needed to be made in order for the practice to keep at the forefront of the executive development industry, not just in New Zealand, but globally.

"The CDF programme is unique to ilume. The methodology we use goes beyond behavioural coaching techniques. Although behavioural coaching is a very important component of a coaching programme, it is the developmental coaching that CDF gives us that sets us apart."

Since the recent introduction of its programme and the CDF to assess an individual's hidden dimensions, ilume has undertaken 80 assessments with local executives and senior managers of several large international companies.

ilume assessment programmes focus on helping the client understand where they are developmentally by distinguishing between the three hidden aspects of how adults progress through time. The dimensions include thinking, emotional stance and behaviour.

Says Ford: "There is no short cut for achieving progression through the stages of development. Mental growth is a multi-dimensional issue as we don't develop in one single dimension alone, but in several intertwined dimensions. …

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