A Leadership Group Coaching Program

 

What does it actually take to be an effective leader?  

  • To establish a vision and inspire others to work collaboratively to achieve it?
  • To build trusting, enduring relationships at all levels of an organization?
  • To get results while also helping people grow in their careers?
  • To evaluate all the different possibilities and make decisions in which you feel confident?
  • To communicate clearly and persuasively without alienating your colleagues or undermining your authority?

If you are new to leadership, have recently changed roles, or are facing challenges at work, you probably think a lot about how to be as effective as possible in your role.  

 

You know in your gut that you have the potential to be more successful, but what are the steps to get there?

You know you must make changes to continue developing as a leader, but which changes are most essential? And how do you make those changes happen?

You could google “leadership” endlessly in hope of finding answers to these questions. You could read an endless number of books that will each provide unique insights. You could fill out worksheets, take quizzes, survey your coworkers, or consult a crystal ball . . . you’re still going to be left with an overwhelming amount of information
and no clear path forward.  

A Leadership Group Coaching Program

 

What does it actually take to be an effective leader?  

  • To establish a vision and inspire others to work collaboratively to achieve it?
  • To build trusting, enduring relationships at all levels of an organization?
  • To get results while also helping people grow in their careers?
  • To evaluate all the different possibilities and make decisions in which you feel confident?
  • To communicate clearly and persuasively without alienating your colleagues or undermining your authority?

If you are new to leadership, have recently changed roles, or are facing challenges at work, you probably think a lot about how to be as effective as possible in your role.  

 

You know in your gut that you have the potential to be more successful, but what are the steps to get there?

You know you must make changes to continue developing as a leader, but which changes are most essential? And how do you make those changes happen?

You could google “leadership” endlessly in hope of finding answers to these questions. You could read an endless number of books that will each provide unique insights. You could fill out worksheets, take quizzes, survey your coworkers, or consult a crystal ball . . . you’re still going to be left with an overwhelming amount of information
and no clear path forward.  

You look at the data, and there’s ten different recipes for success. No one can really give us a straight answer on what define[s] a good or a bad leader. 

-Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University economist, leadership scholar

The truth is that you don’t need more books or advice or trendy concepts.

You need a system of transformation that will enable you to . . .

  • Confidently filter the many messages you receive about leadership.
  • Discover your own “recipe for success.”
  • Make changes that will make you more effective as a leader.

It’s time to stop reading and to start implementing the right changes – the changes that fit who you are — that will take you to the next level, whatever that is for you.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Sounds great. But how do I do all of that?” That’s where I come in.

Find the Line is a one-of-a-kind, research-based program that combines personalized coaching, light curriculum, group accountability, and peer-to-peer feedback to provide you with the tools you need to become more effective as a leader.

Find the Line that separates:

Purposeful change that aligns

with who you are

Change that feels inauthentic

Feedback that will help you

grow as a leader

Unhelpful “noise” you

Should disregard

Behavior and mindset shifts that

make you more effective as a leader

New approaches that don’t fit

your personality

Career development tactics

that are comfortable

efforts that make you feel
like you’re acting

This program isn’t about small or temporary changes, it’s about long-lasting, fundamental shifts to how you
lead, think, and live.

 Learn an approach that will enable you to coach yourself long after Find the Line has ended.

Enjoy direct access to Dr. Lisa Graham,
an organizational psychologist who specializes in developing leaders. You’ll get Lisa’s direct insight during individual coaching meetings, monthly group coaching sessions, and online group discussions.
Be held accountable for making huge shifts in your leadership approach.
The group coaching format means you won’t be allowed to skate by without committing to — and executing on — meaningful changes.
Understand your unique leadership style
and how to make it a selling point to build your career, network within your industry, and connect with your team.
Get advice and support you need to successfully tackle your actual day-to-day work challenges
Build a career map for the next 5-10 years.
My approach to career management focuses on who you are as a person and what you actually want, not what external entities expect of you.
Develop a framework for effective decision making
so you can quickly and confidently evaluate your options and make a decision that aligns with your values
This powerful work will start to show up in every aspect of your life.
Past clients have been promoted, gotten more career opportunity, built better relationships with colleagues, set more boundaries around their work life, pushed themselves to take important steps they wouldn’t have taken alone, and created calmer work situations.

What’s special about Lisa is the way she becomes a key advisor to her clients: Lisa listens to all aspects
of a situation then cuts through the noise. 

Donna Smith, retired Vice President of Human Resources and Ethics, Alabama Power, founder Alabama Leadership Project

AT THE CORE OF THE FIND THE LINE

METHODOLOGY ARE THREE ACTIVITIES

Assess

You cannot change what you do not see. The first step in transformation is understanding your leadership capabilities and the context in which you lead.

Execute

Experiment with new ways of thinking about and approaching leadership. Commit to implementing these “experiments” over a
set  period of time.

Evaluate & Adjust

Evaluate the outcomes of your experiments. Did they work? Did they fail? If so, why? What new approach can you try next?

Why it works

  •  While many leadership development efforts force one-size-fits-all approaches like “the 5 steps to communicating persuasively,” “the behaviors of accountable leaders,” or “the key traits of change makers,” the philosophy of Find the Line is that we are all unique and, therefore, must develop leadership skills that feel authentic and complement our personalities. This includes everything you do as a leader – from career management to networking to team development to communication to decision making.
  • Reading about change and actually making those changes are two very different things. That’s why the predominant focus of the Find the Line program is on implementing change, because you might know how to be the world’s most effective leader, but if you don’t know how to change, all the insight in the world won’t help you.
  • The Assess → Execute → Evaluate & Adjust model helps you experiment with different approaches to leadership and learn from your mistakes so that you are equipped to continuously improve as a leader long after you’ve graduated from this program.

The Curriculum

Group coaching sessions focus most intensively on using real-time work challenges as a vehicle for learning new approaches to leadership.  

A portion of group coaching time is structured around a curriculum that will help you:
Find the Line that separates valid feedback from feedback that is likely just “noise.”
  • Conduct a self-assessment and define your leadership philosophy.
  • Interpret feedback you receive via a 360-degree assessment.
Find the Line that differentiates between effective new leadership behaviors and those that aren’t a fit for you.
  • Identify and experiment with new approaches to leadership.
  • Evaluate the results of your experiments, maintaining those behaviors that work for you.
Find the Line that distinguishes career development efforts that feel authentic to you from tactics that seem disingenuous.
  • Draft a personal elevator pitch.
  • Create a career plan for your next 3-5 years.
  • Develop a networking strategy.

Lisa Graham has helped us develop leaders who are dedicated to their own personal and professional growth as well as to the success of the organization.

Brooke Bowles, Executive Director, Triumph Services

How do I know if Find the Line is

right for me? 

  • You have the feeling that you could be performing at a higher level, but you don’t know how or you haven’t been able to get there on your own.
  • You are in a new role and many of the things that made you successful at your previous role don’t seem to be working anymore.
  • You have recently been given more responsibility than you’ve ever had before in your career, and you’re unsure how to effectively manage it.
  • You want to learn how to build relationships and network in a way that will enhance your career and lead to more opportunities.
  • You’ve received feedback that you need to make changes to how you lead, and you want help in figuring out how to do so.

I’ve spent my entire career helping professionals grow as leaders.

 

MY PHILOSOPHY

  • I believe that until you know yourself, you cannot be an effective leader.
  • A strong leader is always trying to learn more about themselves and to continue growing in anticipation of the next challenge.
  • There is no “perfect” career path and no “ultimate” career advice. The only failsafe is to become a more and more effective version of yourself.

My credentials

  • For over 18 years, I’ve worked as an organizational psychologist with professionals from a wide range of companies — small, family-owned businesses to nonprofit agencies to universities to Fortune 500 companies. A sample of my clients includes the Southern Company and its subsidiaries, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine, Samford University, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Bayer Properties, The Red Barn, and Triumph Services.
     
  • My expertise includes executive coaching, leadership development, group coaching, team coaching, and organization development.
  • I have a B.S. from Emory University, an M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

What’s included in the Find the Line program? 

  • A 30-minute laser coaching call once you register. I’ll help you identify ways to set yourself up for success in the program, and we will pinpoint your initial leadership development focus.
  • Seven months of group coaching sessions with 3-5 other professionals at similar career levels. We’ll meet monthly for two hours at my office in Birmingham.
  • Two individual coaching sessions. We’ll spend an hour at each session diving into the particulars of your organization, what’s working with your leadership style, and where you need to start making changes.
  • A private online discussion forum that provides: Accountability for the changes to which you’ve committed, connection with your coaching group, and an opportunity to request my coaching on day-to-day work challenges that emerge between coaching sessions.
  • Access to online information and activities that teach you how to achieve successful, long-term behavior change.

 

What’s included in the Find the Line program? 

  • A 30-minute laser coaching call once you register. I’ll help you identify ways to set yourself up for success in the program, and we will pinpoint your initial leadership development focus.
  • Seven months of group coaching sessions with 3-5 other professionals at similar career levels. We’ll meet monthly for two hours at my office in Birmingham.
  • Two individual coaching sessions. We’ll spend an hour at each session diving into the particulars of your organization, what’s working with your leadership style, and where you need to start making changes.
  • A private online discussion forum that provides: Accountability for the changes to which you’ve committed, connection with your coaching group, and an opportunity to request my coaching on day-to-day work challenges that emerge between coaching sessions.
  • Access to online information and activities that teach you how to achieve successful, long-term behavior change.

 

YOUR CAREER WILL ONLY GET HARDER

You’ve probably noticed that as you move up in your organization or grow in your career, everything changes. What worked before doesn’t work anymore. Some of what made you a good leader in your previous role works against you in your new role.

Find the Line is an approach that will grow with you in your career. It helps you develop the ability to identify what’s working, make changes, and evaluate the effectiveness of those changes. It’s that simple. But it’s not that easy.

When you join Find the Line, you’ll learn a method of leadership development that will help you regardless of your role, your organization, or your industry.

Lisa is gifted in transformation and leaves a permanent presence of excellence that will have you calling her back for more.

-Gwen Hall, Business Leader, Performance Improvement and  Talent Management, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

 

F.A.Q

 

WhEN WILL THE NEXT SESSION ON fIND THE LINE TAKE PLACE?

The next session of Find the Line will take place in September 2018. Specific dates will be announced here at the beginning of August. 

Is the group coaching in-person or online?

All sessions take place at 2100-B Southbridge Parkway, Suite 641. I hope to form virtual coaching groups in the future but am not offering one at this time. Your individual coaching sessions will be in person as well. They will be scheduled at 8:00 am or 11:30 am immediately before or after a group coaching session.

What is your refund policy?
 If after our initial 30-minute laser coaching call you determine that Find the Line is not the right fit for you, you may withdraw from the program and receive a full refund. Refunds are not available after the first group coaching session. I work hard to assemble a small group of individuals who will work well together, so each participant’s success is partially dependent on the full participation of other group members.

Are make-up sessions available if I have to miss a group session?
Unfortunately, no. One way I keep the cost of group coaching so much lower than the cost of individual executive coaching is by having a set schedule. Also, it is impossible to re-create all of the learning that takes place through group coaching during an individual session. Note that your individual executive coaching sessions will be scheduled at a time that works for you, and if unforeseen circumstances arise may be rescheduled during another 8:30 am or 11:30 am time slot (immediately before or after a group coaching session).
The Find the Line program is expensive. Do you have a cheaper option?
Great question. I created this program because as my client roster has grown, my ability to take on new clients has diminished. I’ve also heard from past executive clients that they would like to send their subordinates to work with me but need a more affordable option. Thus, the idea for this group program was born. It’s a lower-cost alternative to my one-on-one coaching, and participants in my past coaching groups tell me that learning with peers truly enhances their growth and their enjoyment of the process. The price reflects the format (group vs. one-on-one) as well as the program length (seven months of coaching).

However, I do understand that it’s simply not affordable for some people. If you would like your company to cover the cost but are having trouble justifying it, email me at lisa@lisagrahamassociates.com, and I can guide you through a conversation with your boss.

If you’re covering the cost yourself, I would urge you to think about the real-world value of this program. What value do you place on becoming more effective and feeling more satisfied at work? If you can get promoted a year earlier, will that justify the cost? If you can change organizations, will your new salary justify the cost? Your answers to these questions may help you get to a clear YES or NO.

Will our conversations be confidential?
Absolutely, confidentiality is something I take very seriously. In my 19+ years of work in this field, I’ve never had an issue with confidentiality, either in my individual work or when running groups. At the first group coaching session, we will discuss confidentiality and sign a confidentiality agreement.

Will I be in a group with a leader from a competitor’s company?
No. I hand-select each group to ensure that the roles and industries are complementary, not conflicting. You may be in a group with another manager or leader from your company but never someone who is in your work group.

How will people who aren’t in my industry understand my challenges/ be helpful to me?
My philosophy is that most leadership challenges fall into a few categories, regardless of industry or the specifics of the organization. In fact, it is sometimes more effective to work with people who are in a different industry because they offer a perspective that you may not have considered before.

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