Executive Coaching

All Hands Meetings

I’ve lost count of the number of long-serving employees at client companies who’ve told me that my programme has been the first time they have really been involved in creating the future for themselves and for their employer.

The main restraining factor is fear on the part of the executives: scared of wasting time and money; scared of “it” not working; and scared of being held accountable. My message to executives is be careful what you wish for. If you think engagement won’t work, then it won’t. Your mindset will be totally wrong.

The other fear factor, mixed in with a bit of ego, is the fear of losing control. There are quite a few executives who at least enjoy the illusion of being in control and it is this illusion that prevents them from allowing anyone else to possibly outshine them. After all, it IS their job to come up with all the good ideas isn’t it…?

The problem is, that unless an organisation is really ready for an all hands meeting it will not be able to digest the outputs from the meeting in a constructive manner. Best not to do it then? If I couldn’t add 1% of sales to net profit as a result of an appropriately designed all hands meeting, I’d be sorely disappointed. What is it costing your organisation, not to do this?

The coach has two roles here, to assuage the fears of the executives whilst creating the environment for the success of both employees and executives. One big tip: include all the disciplines, particularly purchasing. Like engineers, these guys are uniquely placed to evaluate the costs and benefits of ideas on the spot.


About johncottrell

Senior level executive, consultant and senior coach, John Cottrell brings his successful strategies and ambition to executive coaching in a way that sets him apart. He creates results that make him one of the most sought after coaches in the UK. John's ground breaking work as an operations executive laid the foundation for his passion and intrigue in higher performance and productivity. His unique management strategies and practices created team performance unheard of previously in that industry. As a result the business was able to attract global giants as clients, such as Boeing, Intel and Toyota, dramatically increasing the profits and the future of the organisation. Ever curious about improving the workplace, John ws using cutting edge techniques back in 1985 when lean and six sigma principles were still being developed. John's thinking and ability to transfer his ingenuity practically into the workplace truly sets him apart. This unique ability includes the transfer of his ideas into language and communication that is easily understood and applied by others. John's pathway to coaching was accelerated when he was engaged to consult worldwide to multi-national companies such as Bosch Siemens, Ford, General Motors, Unilever and Whirlpool. By showing clients how to find and achieve the potential they did not think was possible, John found that his natural coaching and facilitative leadership style eliminated barriers to change regardless of local culture. John is in his fifth year with Actioncoach, during which time he has won multiple awards and been a speaker at their Global, European and UK conferences.
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