AKA|Strategy’s (AKA) executive coaching practice has grown out of our extensive experience providing strategic counsel and planning to executives at many different types of academic and nonprofit organizations. We have almost twenty-five years of experience assisting leading universities, colleges and other nonprofit institutions in the United States and around the world to plan successfully for the future and to solve complex strategic issues.
Coaching creates value by establishing a trusted confidential relationship with senior executives in which they may develop, assess and refine their skills in strategy, management, policy and communications. Skillful coaching has been shown to increase dramatically the performance of individuals and teams. A growing number of leading higher education and cultural institutions recognize the powerful impact on institutional effectiveness of building strong leaders and invest in executive coaching in order to help their senior executives achieve their full leadership potential and strengthen their institutions.
- May have deep experience in specific program areas, but are new to the wide scope of complexities and challenges they face in their institutional positions;
- Face complex strategic and leadership issues that they cannot comfortably or confidentially discuss with their Boards, CEOs, colleagues, or peers at other institutions; and
- May be comfortable in their roles as senior leaders, but are not sufficiently knowledgeable about best practices on comparable issues by leaders at other institutions.
AKA’s coaching engages senior executives in identifying and resolving important strategic and leadership issues, helping them to examine the specific challenges they face with greater depth, focus and creativity. Because we are deeply familiar with the culture and challenges of higher education and other nonprofit sectors, we bring wide experience and understanding to the table and are particularly interested in assisting leaders with both strategic issues and leadership questions.
- Mentoring on roles and organizational relationships, leadership skills and presence, interpersonal and institutional communications, building and motivating high-performance teams, strategic thinking and priority-setting and related matters.
Counsel on client-specific needs, including governance, organization design, program evaluation, financial planning, institutional positioning, and development strategy and campaign planning, among other strategic initiatives and management challenges.