SOKRATES Executive Coaching

Sokrates Coaching brings together qualified and experienced professionals who provide business executives with Coaching services in challenging contexts.

Our approach is based on the principle that each person has the inner resources needed to identify solutions to problems and achieve objectives.

"Realizing the existing potential" is our core philosophy. Neither psychotherapy nor a consultancy approach, the Coaching we propose is a structuring process designed to bring out the success dynamics for an individual, a team or an organization.

Principles & methods

Coaching is the customized support given to an executive or a manager.

It meets a demand for clarification, analysis and resolution of challenging situations.

Structured as a series of face-to-face interviewes (usually about ten sessions), the purpose of coaching consists in mobilizing inner resources dealing with know-hows and behaviors with a view to achieving one or more objectives.

Benefits of Coaching: Alignment and Performance

  • Coaching helps the individuals make contact with their areas of excellence and achive their potential; it has a positive impact on the organization's productivity and efficiency.
  • Coaching enables people develop their relational skills and communicate eloquently and effectively; it helps prevent and overcome potential conflicts.
  • Coaching reinforces self-confidence; it helps create and maintain a proactive and innovating state of mind.

A Stringent Framework

Regarding ethics:

  • The Client company usually invests in Coaching but it is important that the coachee is genuinely "client for change".
  • The content of the sessions is confidential.
  • The coach has undergone specific and rigorous training; he/she has as well carried out an in-depth self-development work.
  • His/her practice is regularly and continuously monitored by supervisors.

In terms of format:

  • Coaching is covered by a contract that details the context of the approach, the objectives and the logistics of the sessions.
  • The sessions usually take place away from the workplace; lasting approximately two hours, they are held at regular intervals (every two or threee weeks).
  • To be effective, Coaching requires real commitment by those involved and especially regular attendance.

Situations

Coaching for the individual

Leadership Development

  • The manager attitude: understanding and managing hierarchical levels (L+1, L-1) and internal transactions
  • Acquiring or developing a specific set of skills and know-hows in order to be prepared for a short or medium term change
  • Communicating with impact

Resolution: Addressing Managerial Issues

  • Managing tense social relations or complex political situations
  • Drawing a line under an open or latent conflict
  • Reconstructing a negative or nonexistent image
  • Resolving a delegation or a time/priority management issue
  • Working on specific points for improvement identified after an assessment process (Coaching 720©)

New Position

  • Change of the scale of the team or new perimeter
  • Change of the mission statements: from expertise to general management
  • Driving a turnaround with a given/historic executive committee
  • Expatriation
  • Integrating a foreign employee
  • Integrating a new arrival as the result of an outsourced recruitment

Executive Support

Regular work on the alignment Organization – Competitive Environment – Strategy – Communication

Career Orientation and Outplacement

  • Voluntary redundancy: building and setting up a new professionnal challenge
  • Identifying and preparing the next step whitin the organization (Ataraxia©)
  • Managing the come back of an expatriate or an employee who has been on extended leave (maternity leave, sickness leave, sabbatical year, etc. - Ataraxia©)
  • Seniors : preparing a person's life project before he/she takes retirement (Coaching 55©)
  • Outplacement : AVISO

Coaching for the Team

Integration

Accelerating the integration of a team that has been recently formed or restructured:

  • Bringing to light identity and values
  • Reassessing the strategy and defining priorities
  • Setting up operating rules, distributing roles and engaging into action

Cohesion

Increasing bonding for a better performance (Team Evolution©):

  • Clarifying or renewing the Vision, working on the Identity, the Values and the Mission statements
  • Identifying successful states of mind and processes
  • Sustaining and strengthening the performance dynamics

Change

Managing organizational or market changes: strategic reorientation, new business model, turnaround, takeover, technological breakthrough, etc.:

  • Leading « krisis » communication
  • Bonding Management together
  • Mobilizing teams

Resolution

Resolving crisis, conflicts or dysfunctions affecting the team.

Coaching for the Organization

French labor relations strategic management 

Mentoring

Conception and Deployment of Mentoring Programs

  • Accelerating the newly recruited (mentees) integration within the organization (familiarizing with corporate culture, clearing up the “organization behind the chart”, etc.)
  • Developing the management capabilities and leadership of experienced managers  (mentors)
  • Facilitating the sharing of know-hows and best practices

Coaches

Our coaches share a same view on Coaching, based on the following principles:

  • Mastering

    of the

    key

    coaching

    techniques

    1


  • Managerial
    experience,
    acquired
    at senior
    levels

    2
  •  

    High-level
    academic
    backgrounds

    3
  • Long-term experience 

    in 

    self-development

    4
  •  


    Regular
    supervision

    5

Vincent Legros

Partner

 

Over the past fifteen years, Vincent has been focusing on the coaching, the mentoring and the mental preparation of predominantly Europe based corporate executives, Government servants and competitive athletes.

His coaching assignments are mostly dealing with leadership and impact development, conflict facilitation, power and influence within organizations, team consolidation and motivational alignment.

In parallel of his coaching activities, Vincent is a permanent faculty member of HEC Paris School of Coaching. He is also a coach supervisor.  

Prior to his current role as Executive Coach Vincent occupied C-level positions (Special Counselor, Head of M&A…) for Government (French Prime minister) and international companies (Vivendi, Havas). He has been a partner in a major executive search company dealing with recruiting and appraisal assignments for international clients (Europe, USA, Australasia).

 

Areas of Expertise (in English and French)

  • Coaching for the Individual (C-level company executives, Government & public servants): New position takeover, Leadership and influence development, Resolution of managerial issues, Communication with impact, Career orientation, Executive support
  • Coaching for the Team: Team building and consolidation, Strategic alignment, Crisis management
  • Coaching for the Organization: Motivational alignment
  • Mentoring and Co-development programs: design and management
  • Sport performance profiling and Mental preparation
  • Strategic consulting in Labor relations

 

Academics

  • ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, France) – M.A., Economics
  • Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po” Rennes, France) – M.A., Political Sciences
  • INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France): Coaching Certificate
  • HEC Paris (France): Certification, Executive coaching 
  • IFOD (Paris, France): Practitioner Certification, Strategic coaching
  • MRI-IGB (Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto – Institut Gregory Bateson - Paris, France; Liège, Belgium): Practitioner Certification, Strategic Systemic Therapy and Ericksonian Communication
  • APTi (Chicago, USA): MBTI Certification (Psychology)
  • CAPT COACH (St-Léger, Switzerland): Nuances Profile Certification (Psychology)
  • APTER INTERNATIONAL (Washington DC, USA): ESMA Certification (Psychology)
  • INSTITUT ECOSPORT (Paris, France):  Mental preparation Practitioner Certification

 

International Affiliations

  • LEE HECHT HARRISON PENNA (UK)
  • THE AYERS GROUP (USA)

 

Bénédicte Levier

Partner

 

Bénédicte focuses on the coaching of executives and steering committees by combining a strategic and pragmatic approach with the mobilisation of emotional and interactional skills.

She is convinced that people know through change and that it is possible to bring about deep and lasting evolvement. Conflict meaning opportunity for her, she works more particularly on crisis management and the activation of relevant behaviours in high-stakes contexts.

In parallel to her coaching practice, Bénédicte mobilises her skills in the context of intra- and inter-company mediation. She also teaches at the University of Paris I - La Sorbonne.

Before devoting herself exclusively to the accompaniment of the person, Bénédicte practiced for more than fifteen years as a lawyer specialising in finance and capital markets with a specific focus on negotiating complex contracts, within English and American law firms in Paris and London.

 

Areas of Expertise (in English and French)

  • Coaching for the Individual (C-level company executives, Government & public servants): New position takeover, Leadership and influence development, Resolution of managerial issues, Communication with impact, Career orientation, Executive support
  • Coaching for the Team: Team building and consolidation, Strategic alignment, Crisis management
  • Coaching for the Organization: Motivational alignment
  • Mentoring and Co-development programs: design and management
  • Strategic consulting in Labor relations
  • Intra and inter-company mediation

 

Academics

  • EDHEC Business School (France) – Master in Management
  • Paris Bar School (France) – CAPA (Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat)
  • HEC Paris (France) – Certification, Executive Coaching
  • IFOMENE (Institut de Formation à la Médiation et à la Négociation, Paris, France) –Mediator Certification
  • CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris, France) – Intra and Inter-Company Mediation Certification
  • The Myers-Briggs Company (Paris, France) – MBTI Certification (Psychology)
  • The Myers-Briggs Company (Paris, France) – TKI Certification (Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument)

Contact

SOKRATES EXECUTIVE COACHING

45 rue de Lille

75007 Paris, France

Tel. +33 (0)1 40 01 40 70

eM. contact@sokrates-coaching.com