Coaching For Executives: When Managers Open Up
Being a senior physician at the University Hospital in Dresden, Prof. Dr. med. habil. Peter Schwarz has made the conscious decision to complete some international on-the-job management training. Right at the beginning of the Global Executive MBA Program of HHL and EADA, the 43-year-old Professor of Medicine obtained insight into the coaching sessions. "I was taken by the specific offer for executives from the very start," says Peter Schwarz. Together with Steven Poelmans, Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of the Coaching Competency Center at EADA, the physician has identified his strengths and weaknesses at work and developed coping strategies in long personal conversations. Peter Schwarz explains, "We discussed a lot about my individual goals as well as the obvious and subliminal motivation for making life decisions, which are important for my career. We uncovered personal and professional matters getting intertwined as many important professional decisions also have a personal component to them" He concludes, "The bottom line is that the coaching sessions helped me to ask the right questions regarding the things I want to do or not do in the future." The second focus of the coaching was on dealing with crises or difficult situations in a team. "In situations of stress and conflict with employees, I am now more sensitive to the potential of these people," comments Peter Schwarz.
Openness on all sides is the key to success for the coaching. Schwarz, who was born in Thuringia, says, "I told myself that anything but openness would not make sense because I wanted to benefit from the coaching." Coach Poelmans listened a lot and asked strategic questions. This represented a challenge for Peter Schwarz at first as these questions sometimes touched on aspects he had never specifically thought about. "I then tried to answer rather spontaneously, which led to interesting in-depth discussions."
Looking back at his coaching experiences within the Global Executive MBA Program, Peter Schwarz says, "The coaching pays off. Thanks to the coaching sessions and certain aspects of the MBA education I am now able to better analyze and process situations. This does not mean that I do not react impulsively or emotionally from time to time but I have a feeling that my decisions are now based on a better foundation."
Executive coaching focuses on personal and professional aspects for the executives
Regular individual coaching takes place throughout the entire 21-month term of the international Global Executive MBA Program of HHL and EADA. They are designed to further develop key skills such as communication, negotiation, conflict and diversity as well as intercultural management abilities which are essential for international leadership positions. The students can test their leadership talent not only by completing an outdoor training program but also by visiting the so-called Neuro Training Lab (NTL) at a special training facility outside Barcelona. The NTL supports managers in adopting and refining thoughts, habits, and emotions, which provide for the basis of their leadership Under the direction of Steven Poelmans, Professor of People Management and Director of the Coaching Competency Center at EADA, the international managers learn, through practical exercises accompanied by video recordings and brain scans, to be honest with themselves. They receive a personal coach providing individual support, based on their individual 'lab report', by the time they graduate from the GEMBA program. Steven Poelmans comments on the coaching sessions, "The coaching topics are individually determined by the executive and their coach and may cover professional as well as personal aspects." The EADA professor sees a great benefit of the coaching in that it helps the participants to design their learning experience in a more personal manner. Steven Poelmans continues, "The focus lies on the personal development of each student. The coaching aims to sustain the executive's success."
The Global Executive MBA Program of HHL and EADA
The Global Executive MBA Program of German HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Spanish Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA) focuses on the development of leadership skills and teaches about intercultural competence and the economic peculiarities of management in Southern and Northern Europe as well as Brazil, China and India. The program, which uses English as the classroom language, is designed especially for executives who have obtained significant professional experience but have not studied business administration. The structure of the 21-month Executive Program has been adapted to the professional and personal needs of international managers. For the Executive MBA double degree from HHL and EADA, participants must successfully complete eight six-day residential weeks on various management disciplines over the course of 21 months and write a Master thesis. The Global Executive MBA Program consists of six compulsory modules of which three must be completed in Germany and three in Spain. Another two of three electives have to be completed at renowned business schools in Brazil, China or India. In addition to teaching core competencies in economics, the development of key qualifications such as communication, negotiation, conflict and diversity management as well as intercultural management abilities, which are all essential for international leadership positions, is a vital part of the program. Admission requirements for the Global Executive MBA program are a first-level academic degree, a minimum of five years professional experience of which at least three years is in a leadership position, and an excellent command of English. The tuition fees, including course material as well as room and board during the residential weeks, amount to EUR 43,000. www.hhl.de/gemba
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is a university-level institution and ranks amongst the leading international business schools. The goal of the oldest business school in German-speaking Europe is to educate effective, responsible and entrepreneurially-minded leaders. HHL stands out for its excellent teaching, its clear research focus, its effective knowledge transfer into practice as well as its outstanding student services. The courses of study include full and part-time Master in Management as well as MBA programs, a Doctoral program and Executive Education. In the 2014 Financial Times' Masters in Management Ranking, HHL's full-time M.Sc. Program was ranked among the top 10 in Europe, while the part-time MBA Program was ranked number 6 in the 'Career Development' category in the 2014 Executive MBA Ranking of the Financial Times. According to the Financial Times, HHL ranks first in Germany and fifth globally for its entrepreneurship focus within the M.Sc. and EMBA programs. HHL is accredited by AACSB International. www.hhl.de
EADA Business School (Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración, EADA) is an international business school located in Barcelona. It offers programs for Master's, MBA and Executive Education. EADA's International Master in Management Program is ranked among the 30 best programs in the world by the Financial Times. The International Master in Finance Program ranks among the 30 best programs of its kind as well. In addition, EADA has been ranked among the top four business schools in Spain. In the 2013 Financial Times European Business School Ranking EADA reached 25th place. EADA is accredited by the AMBA and EQUIS. www.eada.edu