Given the developing trend toward firm-sponsored executive coaching, we were excited to meet with Cathy Boeckmann, a highly-regarded executive coach who works with rising leaders at all levels in a variety of industries. During an interactive workshop on interpersonal communications, we learned how to identify and practice effective communication skills AND understand why we might struggle to use our skills successfully in high stakes situations. It was such a hit with our NY Chapter that we’re working with Cathy to setup a similar workshop with our SF Chapter!
The session was extremely practical because the learning was based on role-play for several hypothetical scenarios. In each scenario, we were given a prompt and asked to write or act out our responses. The exercise was interesting because we realized how varied our responses were from person to person. None of us had any formal communication training, so the responses were merely reflections of people’s personalities and emotions. In most cases, the responses were deficient in specificity and were reflexive as opposed to reflective (not that we had thought about the difference between reflexive and reflective at the time), which made them weak and unlikely to induce the kind of response-in-turn that we hoped for. After talking through Cathy’s frameworks and guiding principles, we reframed the issues raised in the prompts and redesigned responses that were definitively stronger and more likely to accomplish what we wanted.
We’d like to share a BIG thank you to Nichole Wagner and East Rock Capital for sponsoring and hosting the career-changing event!
If you’d like to get in touch with Cathy, please contact us.