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Case Study: Coaching for career development

This case study illustrates how coaching was used to help the career development of a manager with high potential.

Overview

William, a deputy off-shore oil rig manager considered to have high potential, was coached over a two year period.  He had just missed out on a promoted post and had been assigned to a special project while his rig was being re-fitted.

Working alone on this project didn’t suit his people-focused personality, however the assignment helped to stretch his capabilities.  Ironically he was required to think strategically to progress and the detail required for successful project completion seemed far away from the big picture approach of a promoted role.

Approach

Through quarterly coaching sessions William and our coach explored his career options at various levels, both on-shore and off-shore, and he developed detailed plans of how to approach three alternative roles.

Conclusion

William gained the role he wanted and is successfully implementing his strategic plan as manager of his own off-shore rig. During the course of the two year’s coaching William had considered the many aspects of his leadership role and how this could be integrated with his long-term career & personal ambitions.

 

Please note: Names have been changed for purposes of confidentiality.

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