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Improving Executive Performance

Updated: Jan 7

Learn how executives can improve their skills and knowledge to advance their career and attain a top leadership position.

Executive Coaching and Mentoring

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, your background, or even what part of the world you come from; top executives often face a similar problem; how to continue developing their skills and knowledge to help them secure top leadership positions.

Sometimes they simply need to up their game in the new role and perform better.

Sometimes the new role requires a new mindset, skillset, approach, or leadership skills.

And sometimes, they need the assistance of a coach or mentor to help them with real-world experience in solving problems, identifying opportunities, and how to reinvigorate their professional development.

My Executive Improvement Checklist helps business executives and managers to self-evaluate their performance and identify improvement gaps.

Executive Improvement Checklist

  • When you enter a room, do you radiate a presence, someone that people want to speak with and meet?

  • Do give out a feeling of warmth, energy and welcoming?

  • Do you embrace the evolution of digital and adopt new technology tools in the workplace?

  • Do you have good presentation and public speaking skills well in front of large groups?

  • Do you have a good sense of social awareness e.g. understanding the room and its audience?

  • Does your voice have energy, certainty, and enthusiasm?

  • Do you work well under pressure – by yourself and within a group?

  • Do you pair gestures with words or phrases?

  • Can you articulate what you need to say in a short, concise, and clear way?

  • Do you have good ideas and a sense of vision in your role?

  • Do you possess good time management and are productive?

  • Can you easily interject in a discussion to get your point across so that it’s memorable?

  • Do you get emotional or lose your cool when pressured?

  • Do you have a quality elevator pitch to explain yourself – who you are and what you do?

  • Do you lack confidence or become nervous when dealing with senior management?

  • Are you a confident networker and can easily connect with people?

  • Do you possess reliable business marketing and sales skills?

  • Are you continually enhancing your training and education?

  • Do you take yourself too seriously (or perhaps not serious enough?

  • Do you believe in yourself?

  • Do you prefer to lead groups, or participate within a group with a leader?

  • Are you aware of the emotions and characteristics of the people around you?

  • Do you show an interest in others?

  • Do you remember people by their name?

  • Are you quick to judge instead of withholding judgement and just being curious?

  • Do you easily get distracted?

  • Do you like being thanked and rewarded for your performance?

  • Do you have a clear vision and plan for your career path?

Are there areas that you would like to Improve?

Start by jotting down the items that you feel can be improved.

Underneath each point, list three reasons about why this is happening to you.  Doing this will be much easier to understand where the issues resides, and how to start changing things for the better

Think about some Executive Mentoring!

Mentoring and Coaching are now the new normal for business executives, manager, and team leaders. 

Training will only help you to perform a specific task. Mentoring will allow you to bring tasks and processes together BUT with the advice and guidance of an industry professional who has faced similar challenges in the past.

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Benchmark your Professional Development

Our Free 3 Minute Benchmark Test is a secure and confidential way of measuring your personal and professional development.

Robert Durrant

High-Performance Mentor & Coach


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