Executive Coaching

What is Executive Coaching?

Executive coaching programs typically involve between 6 and 10 x 90-minute sessions conducted over 9 – 10 months. Development needs vary, but executive coaching can:

  • support in developing strategies to succeed with a particular challenge
  • enhance general leadership skills
  • strengthen an established career in need of revitalisation

The process

  • Together with you and your organisation, we identify and set 2 or 3 specific goals
  • Based on these goals, you will be presented with 2 potential coaches. You can select your preferred coach and then meet with them to ensure the 2 of you are compatible. We have executive coaches located in all Australian capital cities, as well as in major cities throughout Asia and New Zealand.
  • Typically, your coach will also meet with your manager for further insight, to discuss progress and to ensure your manager is engaged in and supportive of your coaching program (this is not applicable if you are at the most senior executive levels)
  • If required, basic or comprehensive reporting can be included

The coaching sessions

  • Can take place at your premises or at any Melbourne Business School Executive Education campus
  • Run for up to 90 minutes and are typically scheduled every 2 – 3 weeks
  • Can be conducted face to face or via telephone, Skype, teleconference or similar technology, and
  • Are confidential. You may choose to disclose coaching conversations, but your coach will not. Should an issue arise that it is important for your organisation to be aware of, you and your coach will agree to find an appropriate way to inform your organisation.

Group and Team Coaching

Group and team coaching programs typically include small groups of 6 – 10 people in a series of coaching sessions that run for up to 3 hours each.

Group and team coaching is a cost and time-effective method of executive development, appropriate for groups with similar development needs. It provides a forum within the workplace where colleagues can socialise learnings, which in turn deepens understanding and supports the transfer of learning into the workplace.

Group and team coaching models ‘coaching conversations’ within your organisation and can assist your organisation in developing a ‘coaching culture’.


  • Provides you with a forum for experimenting with new behaviours ‘in the moment’, supported by your coach and witnessed by colleagues
  • Witnessing the personal development work of others is very effective learning
  • Having your own personal development witnessed increases the intensity of your experience and assists you in transferring your learning
  • By undertaking coaching at your premises, you transition immediately from your workplace into the coaching, and then from the coaching to your workplace, ensuring the most effective learning application, and
  • The coaching work, personal development and reflection come to be seen as a normal part of the business day with clear cultural benefits.

Is coaching therapy?

Coaching is a type of business therapy. Participants present with business issues. They are psychologically healthy adults who, like most people, can benefit from candid dialogue and exploration of business issues. Whilst coaching will address many aspects of your life, it is ultimately directed towards developing your executive ability. 

How regularly do coaches and coachees meet?

Coach and coachee(s) determine the frequency of sessions. Usually regular meetings are planned at intervals of approximately every 2 – 3 weeks to maintain engagement.

Can coaching be conducted via phone or Skype?

Coaching can be delivered either face to face or by phone, teleconference or similar technology. Face-to-face coaching has the advantage of immediate presence and can offer a richer experience, however Melbourne Business School coaches deliver effective coaching both face to face and by distance.

Is it confidential?

The coaching conversation is confidential. You are welcome to disclose details of your coaching conversation as you wish, and in many situations coaches will encourage this as socialising personal learning is a major support to learning effectiveness. Your coach will not disclose the content of your conversations.