Alan L. Cohen is an executive coach, working with leaders to take them from good to great. He has 20 years of HR executive experience, focusing on issues such as career progression, organizational design, succession planning and business and cultural transformation.
Alan graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and attended Georgetown University Law Center. He started his career as an employment attorney, litigating discrimination and harassment claims on behalf of employers. He moved to Lehman Brothers in 1997 to begin his career in Human Resources. At Charles Schwab and AIG, he held HR leadership roles supporting C-suite executives.
Alan received his coaching certification from the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program. He is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach for individuals and teams and is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Hogan suite of assessments.
What IS Executive Coaching?
When I first began to coach C-suite leaders and other executives in the ‘90s and ‘00s, coaching was largely viewed as a “fix” for an executive who wasn’t making it. Coaching has come a long way since then.
In the current environment, coaching is not merely about solving problems. It is about improving performance, attaining goals and achieving results through discovery, awareness and choice.
It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important life-changing decisions.
HOW CAN EXECUTIVE COACHING SUPPORT MY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?
Executive coaching can be most successful during times of transition. As Marshall Goldsmith said in his seminal work on coaching – “what got you here, won’t get you there.” If you're at a point in your job, career or education where moving forward to a more successful future requires some hard work and a change in behavior, executive coaching can be a valuable resource.
Maybe you just got a promotion – now you’re managing a global team after a successful career as an individual contributor. Or perhaps you have extensive experience as a senior leader, but employee morale is low and you need to work on improving employee engagement. Or maybe you finally landed that dream job which is now going to put you in front of C-Suite executives on a regular basis. How does your current communication style need to flex for you to be influential, and, ultimately, successful? Are you ready to enhance your current position, start a job search or contemplate a career transition?
Executive coaching can support you during these times of transition in your professional life. From a motivational perspective, you should be eager to be stretched and you should be open to change. You should be prepared to participate in a journey where you will continue to be in charge. Successful coaching can be done in person, virtually or by phone.
My focus for coaching is executives, attorneys and other senior leaders who need to move the ball forward in some way, shape or form. I work with clients who are seeking change or growth in their professional lives. I'm uniquely qualified with a deep understanding of how corporations view, evaluate and groom executive talent. Let me help you define and develop your talent brand.
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