Executive coaching focuses on the future while taking full responsibility for the past and addressing the present reality. The forward thrust of coaching moves towards what is positive and possible while defining, acknowledging and working to overcome the obstacles along the way.

Executive coaching is not counseling or therapy. It is a dynamic process based on trust and grounded in assessments designed for the individual.

It begins with a vision for the future. The plans, goals, dreams, hopes, struggles and challenges of the client become part of the coaching process. It is the co-creation of both coach and client.

Coaching and Our World Today

The economic events of the last few years have transformed the world and left in its wake millions of people who are forced to transform their lives.  It is not possible to go back to the old patterns. We cannot afford, in many ways, to allow others to make decisions about our lives.  At the same time, there is a responsibility to act based on principle.

The Painful Questions:

What is the source of your stress – the stress you can’t tell others about, the stress that pushes you on, the stress that you believe you cannot escape?

What have you lost? What do you fear you will lose? What compromises have you made to keep your position? Your job? Your career?

These are the questions that haunt us.

And these are the questions that can and do open the door to hope and courage and an entirely new perspective and vision.

That is where coaching plays a unique and powerful role: the renewal of personal and professional hope and vision.

This is an extraordinary and exciting opportunity.  But it requires strength and vision. And none of us, even the strongest and most self-sufficient, can do it alone.


The Role of the Coach

The coach will challenge you, ask powerful questions, hold you accountable and work with you to define and clarify your vision for the future. The coach will work with you to design and to strategize, to increase your productivity and assess your priorities. The coach will work with you to interpret your assessments and apply the results to the practical demands of real life.
And the role of the coach is to work with you to define and live by your own ethical compass.

Coaching requires the courage and the patience to address the truth in our lives and in our careers.

Coaching is the setting of goals, the willingness to tailor those goals and the development of the strength of character to achieve them.

Coaching is the design and implementation of strategy for turning projects, dreams, visions and into reality.

Conversation and Transformation

Coaching is an ongoing, trust based, guided conversation.  It uses assessments tailored to the individual to bring focus, definition and clarity to the process.

The Ethical Compass focuses on developing the ethical leader. That is central to this coaching process.  The client enters into the hard and deeply rewarding work of defining their own ethical compass that will serve as the basis for their own lives – a work that no one else can do for them.

Coaching and the Economic Crisis: the Ethical Compass

Have you lost the future because you have lost the vision?

Recovery of Hope and Vision: that is what Coaching is about.

Now look ahead. Look up and out. Look at what is possible and can be reality – a different reality that you have not known before but is waiting for you if you have the courage and the willingness to act from integrity and honor.

Think of what it means to finally have the courage and the strength of character to tell the truth, and say out loud what we all know to be true.

Think of how it will feel to know the first flood of recovered dignity and self-respect and that certainty that your conscience is being satisfied after being starved.

You know that courage is not rewarded by those who fear it. The first step is part of a journey that has no end, only one open door after another.

Personal Experience and Observation

I know what that means as well, from personal experience and personal observation – to know that I have started across the bridge and there is no way back because that part is already burned. There is only one way to go – ahead. And I know what it means to have no idea what that farther shore will look like, and whether I will survive at all.

I understand what it takes to leave and to have to take full responsibility for the next steps. But I also know what it means to be my own man again and look back with wonder at what happened.

I understand what it means to HOPE again. I didn’t even know I had lost it until I asked myself the difficult questions.

The Ethical Compass and Personal Integrity

That is what the development of your ethical compass can do for you. You become free to live the life and develop the career that matches your own principles.

The corruption of this age of crisis has no power over you. Passivity and fear are everywhere today. But they only receive the greatest attention. They are not the only reality. There is no need to be passive and frightened. But you have to develop your core of principles to choose what is good.

There is no promise of easy answers and no simple program of improvement.

It is your compass, your integrity, your honor that you will come to know and develop and use as you plan and navigate the journey.

This work will take everything you have and more than you thought you had. And the results are not just for you. They will have benefits for those who you work with and for, your employees and colleagues, your family and friends.

Assessments, Instruments and Interpretation

The assessments used by The Ethical Compass are instruments that have been designed by the Rescue Institute specifically for the business environment and the needs, demands, requirements and careers of the business professional.

These pragmatic and applicable assessments are used to identify and address business and personal goals, significant values, productivity and efficiency.  They offer insight and provide fuel for powerful questions and for dynamic discussion. They are used at regular intervals throughout the process and serve to provide structure as well as written accountability moving forward.

The Rescue Institute Value Assessment

“The Rescue Institute Values Assessment (R.I.V.A.) has revealed a new level of understanding of human nature, at the deepest of levels and how the conscious and subconscious mind works. It is the foundation of a new way to achieve what Maslow called, full self-actualization and what we call Core Values consciousness”

The Business Values Test and the Personal Values Test
This test is about the alignment of values.

How well informed and knowledgeable are you regarding your own company’s statement of values? How knowledgeable are your colleagues? Your employees? Your clients? Your stockholders?

Then take it a step further and several steps deeper: Are your personal values and the values of your company in alignment?

Time Audit

Time is a tyrant in today’s economy. How can you take steps to take control and manage time rather than letting it control you?

SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Truth is the basis for all effective coaching. Truth is the core of ethical leadership. A truthful discussion of personal and business strengths and weaknesses is vital.