If you are an aspiring leader, and your manager notices your efforts on you becoming one, request that you be sent to a leadership development program. There’s nothing wrong about being assertive when you feel that you have a positive attitude to learning and managing change. Even if they say that “Leaders are born, not made.”, nothing in this world will prove that. There seem to be a whole lot of conflicting messages out there on the endless debate of whether or not a great leader is one who has inherited the leadership gene from his ancestors. Leadership is first and foremost about...

What is Executive Coaching and why do you need it? Executive Coaching is an inquiry-based approach to personal and professional development, aimed at creating awareness, generating action, and facilitating learning and growth. It focuses on improving performance by helping individuals to develop and sustain new perspectives, attitudes, skills, and behaviors. It is common notion that coaching is usually associated with athletes. However, there are a lot of executives and business people, who are also in need of coaching. Hence, the term executive coaching. You, as an executive need coaching like athletes, do, for the following reasons: Executive Coaching can enhance performance and increase...

The ability to lead effectively is based on a number of key leadership skills that are sought after by employers. Every future leader must possess leadership skills that will enable their team to achieve their goals, as great leadership is required to accomplish a lot of work. Benchmark Consulting identifies 5 leadership skills that future leaders must possess. Future leaders must possess motivational skills. Teams often face tremendous workloads. As workloads increase, employees will often experience a lot of stress. Future leaders must possess excellent motivational skills that will encourage their staff to shift their attitude from negative to positive in spite of...

The success of a management training program will most likely predict the success of an organization’s future. We all know that our baby boomer managers and leaders are fast moving into retirement. That would mean one thing. Companies, like yours, are fast losing institutional knowledge and experience. Don’t fret. There is still time for you to send your high potential management candidates in management training programs. In a 2014 survey from Deloitte, 86% of business leaders know that their organization depends on the effectiveness of their leadership pipelines. However, only a few of these companies are confident in their succession plans, because a lot...

Every leader should possess soft skills that define their level of strategic leadership. Strategic leadership refers to a leader’s potential to carry out the strategic vision of the organization, or a part of the organization, and to motivate and persuade others to imbibe that vision. Strategic leadership is the potential to influence members of an organization so that they can execute positive organizational change. To be successful, leaders must possess the skill to create organizational structure, manage, as well as to allocate resources and define the strategic vision of the organization. Strategic leaders must be open minded when trying to find...

An International Coach Federation (ICF) credential demonstrates that your coaching practice is based on Global Standards and will therefore give you the distinction and the EDGE over other professional coaches. There are 3 main paths to achieving credentialing with ICF: Accelerated Coach Training Program (ACTP), Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) and the Portfolio path.  ICF requires a minimum number of coach specific training hours as a major part of credential application. Benchmark Consulting,  the country’s premiere coaching, training, and leadership development company, offers ACTP (an ICF-accredited coaching training) in the Philippines. It is one of the few courses in the world approved...

Now that you’ve realized the significance of coaching in your journey, the big question is “Which coaching program should I take?” The International Coaching Federation suggests 8 criteria in choosing the right coaching program for you: LOCATION. Where will you meet your coach? Remember, face-to-face communication is still more beneficial so it’s better to look for a coaching program that is accessible to you. SCHEDULE. How many hours can you allot for your coaching program? It will be great to find a coaching program that offers a flexible schedule. COVERAGE. What are the program inclusions? Will it include lecture only or...

Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches (APAC) is hosting the APAC2017 Coaching Conference (www.apac2017.com) on May 25-27, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. APAC 2017 will “help participants advance towards coaching mastery, in executive, business, performance, life, and other types of coaching.” APAC is the leading organization of professional coaches in the Asia Pacific Region. For more information about APAC, please visit www.apacoaches.org. Benchmark Consulting is the premier authority in coaching, training and leadership development....

Executive Coach Leo has created an effective coaching approach that draws from his 25 years corporate, organizational and cultural experience. As an executive in various successful Fortune 500 companies across Europe, USA and Asia, he worked within operations, start-ups, financial and services organisations. And so, he understands the demands of executive leadership, and knows what it means to structure an organization, lead people and manage an operation to achieve objectives. He has a solid educational background with a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Technical College in Eindhoven, Netherlands, an Executive MBA from Management School Antwerp in Belgium and have completed advanced studies in...

Executive Coach Maria Lourdes “Didith” A. Morales has over 20 years of solid corporate experience in the areas of commercial strategy, operational and organizational excellence, cross-cultural leadership, culture-building and employee engagement, performance management excellence, coaching and talent development. She spent most of her corporate career in senior and country commercial leadership positions in leading multinational pharmaceutical companies i.e. GlaxoSmithKline Philippines Inc, Roche Philippines Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Inc. where she managed big cross- functional teams and a diverse portfolio including Respiratory, Oncology, Dermatology, Infectious Diseases, CNS, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, among others. She also held marketing posts in FMCG companies such as San...