Executive Coaching Helps HORAN Build Leadership Strength

Executive Coaching Helps HORAN Build Leadership Strength

Promark Company, Impact Achievement Group's coaching, training translate into proven results.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 30, 2008

Professional development is often a difficult business investment to quantify. Yet for Cincinnati firm HORAN, executive coaching (http://www. impactachievement. com/solutions_performance. html) and leadership development (http://www. impactachievement. com/solutions_management. html) has helped the company achieve targeted goals for the last three years.

The 70-person employee benefits broker and financial planning firm, which has grown 25 percent in the last three years, set out to increase "bench strength" among the executive leadership team, believing that improved leadership is essential to growth. Working with executive coaches from Promark Company and Seattle's Impact Achievement Group, HORAN's group health practice and securities divisions continued consistent growth for the last two years.

The training and coaching process had four goals, with the initial goal to develop future leaders of the company, according to Tim Schoonover, founder of Cincinnati's Promark Company/OI Partners.

"We worked with HORAN to identify competencies and leadership traits essential for their executive team, from which we developed leadership training of existing company management. These competencies and leadership traits also serve as a guide to attract outside leaders as the company grows."

Schoonover added that HORAN was attracted to the concept of assessment (http://www. impactachievement. com/solutions_selection. html) and coaching being closely integrated with performance management (http://www. impactachievement. com/solutions. html) in order to create great leaders at multiple levels of the organization.

To identify and create the core competencies and traits, Promark used Impact Achievement Group's Harrison Assessment System® (http://www. impactachievement. com/solutions_selection. html). The tool provides increased value over typical coaching.

Unlike personality profiles, the Harrison Assessment System measures job behaviors that are based on performance research. It also measures many different traits that track to job success for any given job - 156 job-specific traits - compared to the 10 to 30 traits measured by typical behavioral assessments.

Promark also worked with HORAN on strategic planning, helping develop five critical success factors for management. Schoonover has continued to coach the insurance firm's president and chief executive officer Terry Horan, which spurred leadership training for the management team. Impact Achievement Group senior managing partners and leadership experts Rick Tate and Dr. Julie White have already conducted two leadership workshops, Paradoxes of Leadership and Performance-Based Coaching, and will continue the series later this summer.

Schoonover added that Impact Achievement Group's training tools enhance the coaching process by providing objective data. This data is incorporated by the coach and corporate leadership to guide them toward their overall business objectives during the coaching process. Issues considered include leveraging leadership strengths most effectively, being mindful of outside factors that influence progress toward goals, avoiding obstacles, and developing work-arounds for areas that are not strengths.

By helping individual managers meet personal business outcomes, by definition they are helping companies meet their overall business goals.

About Impact Achievement Group:

Impact Achievement Group (www. impactachievement. com) is a training and performance management consulting company that provides assessments, coaching, story-based interactive workshops, and simulations for managers at all levels of organizations worldwide. Impact Achievement Group helps companies dramatically improve management and leadership competency for bottom-line results. Company experts and co-authors of "People Leave Managers…Not Organizations," Rick Tate and Julie White, Ph. D. are internationally recognized authorities in leadership development, human performance, service quality and communications.


Lee Klepinger


Leek (at) impactachievement. com

Gail DeLano

Fisher Vista/HRmarketer


Gdelano (at) fishervista. com

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: www. HRmarketer. com) on behalf of the company listed above.


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