Case Studies

Executive Coaching case study examples:

1. Strategic change  

  • The situation

    A highly experienced, successful, and creative senior executive, was not able to move a major change programme forward. The programme, made up of multiple HR and Business change projects, had stalled for approximately one year because the executive was struggling to get the necessary buy-in and support from other senior stakeholders.

  • The intervention 

    A 3-months Executive Coaching Programme.  In the early stages of the intervention, it became apparent that although there was clarity on the end goal, there was a lack of clarity on the starting point and how to go about implementing a major change programme. Therefore bridging the gap from A to B was always going to be flawed and stalled – making decisions and taking actions from a compromised place. A new mindset and skillset enabled the Executive to get the necessary stakeholder buy-in and the programme up and running. 

  • The result

    In a short period of time, the Executive shifted her perception to a more positive place, realised her potential, gained the necessary buy-in, kick-started the change programme, and implemented action plans. The Executive’s career and the project went from stalled to success. The value of the intervention to the Executive and the organisation was getting a major change programme, worth £1M+ in savings, up and running.

2. Leadership 

  • The situation

    A talented, personable, and driven female senior executive was using one leadership style. Where there was not a match of style to the situation, friction was unwittingly caused. For example, work taking too long to get started and completed, feelings of frustration for all levels of staff, and decisions taking too long to be made.

  • The intervention

    A 3-months Executive Coaching Programme exploring and enhancing mindset, habits, and skillset for the work situations the Executive was uncomfortable with. 

  • The result

    After coaching, the Executive put her gremlin in a place where it wouldn’t limit her potential, increased her confidence levels, and matched leadership styles to different situations. Within a month or two of coaching, she advanced from a departmental role to a more strategic cross-departmental role. The value of the intervention to the organisation was circa £16K, based on the extra value the Executive gave to the organisation less the investment of the coaching intervention. 

3. Overcoming adversity 

  • The situation

    A young, bright, talented professional, was bullied to the extent that it triggered an eating disorder, destroyed her self-confidence, and life seemed not worth living to her. Even though she was experiencing a majorly negative situation at work, she was determined not to let her performance levels drop. She was close to burnout. 

  • The intervention

    A 12-months Executive Coaching Programme. The focus was to skill-up the Executive with coping strategies whilst exploring root causes to address. Coping strategies included building self-confidence, projecting confidence, and tapping into assertiveness skills. As the root cause, a workplace issue, could not be dealt with, the longer-term solution was to explore a career change. In addition, the Executive received medical advice and counselling regarding her eating disorder through her Doctor.  

  • The result

    A year later, the Executive had taken great strides in rebuilding her work-life. She had a new and exciting career path, was half-way through a new degree, and moved to a new sector. The Executive can now experience a brighter future, offering personal, professional, and career growth. The value of the intervention to this Executive was priceless.