What is the relevance of C-Suite training?
“The more you learn, the more you earn”, said Warren Buffett. It is my view that this starts from learning about oneself, which is why the most important and the greatest investment one could ever make in life is to invest in oneself, i.e. to study oneself, to get to know oneself extremely well and to engage in continued personal development such that one can be in the position of taking the best right step in each given moment from the most effective stance, being informed by awareness of thoughts, feelings and emotions, their meaning and the ability to decipher and discriminate effectively what is the now and what was the past. These are all learnable skills. I provide and facilitate such an education and empowerment for my clients.
All successful people know how important it is to invest in oneself and it is not coincidental that billionaires think alike and along those lines, including agreeing that to be successful, everyone needs a coach. This is often called “growth mindset”. Leaders need to question their assumptions, keep pushing outside the comfort zone, exploring and learning from their experiences and from the inevitable mistakes, to always take home the learning in each circumstance with intellectual honesty, whilst ensuring the mistake not only is not repeated but is turned into an opportunity to learn and grow, to get closer to one’s goals.
Every human being has strengths and weaknesses. Specifically, for leaders, awareness about their own strengths and weaknesses can facilitate the optimisation and customisation of professional opportunities according to their strengths whilst continuing to work on their weaknesses and striving for continued innovation, thereby tapping into infinite creative potential. Weaknesses require longer term perseverance to transform. Transforming limiting core beliefs, breaking negative patterns of thoughts and emotions that hinder the person’s ability to thrive in life, to achieve peak performance and to manifest desires and abundance is part and parcel of self-development. Such an approach, ensures the individual’s potential is unleashed to the fullest and maintained long term, for the benefit of the organisation and the individual, resulting, in turn, with the leader’s peak performance, fulfilling and optimal career progression, in conjunction with a smoother and optimal unfolding of organisational goals and operations.
Improving oneself is part of a growth mindset and is the secret of every successful leader. It is an investment that no one can take away from you, especially when it comes from an authentic inner desire and the understanding of its relevance for the subject. Spend time reading relevant books, invest in courses, knowledge, experience and personal mentorship/coaching.
Dr. Giotta’s approach to C-Suite training
My approach is systematic, holistic and in-depth and it focuses on strengthening the individual from within. The service I offer may vary from other traditional C-Suite and Board Members training insofar as it focuses on the individual’s inner world and on all levels of existence, on the overall person’s attitude but also on the most subtle and personal nuances. I help people get to know themselves so well that they feel connected to self and others. By knowing about one’s inner world and being capable of pausing and retrieving equanimity effectively, one is able with precision to identify the next right step in any given situation. As a result, the person’ self-confidence, internal locus of control, sense of empowerment and awareness improve, resulting in happier feelings in one’s own skin and in more control over one’s life and outcomes.
What’s unique about Dr Giotta’s approach and retreat?
It is an experiential program that taps into all levels of existence, namely body, breath, mind, intellect, memory, ego and self, leading to thriving in life. The individual’s strengths and weaknesses are identified; links with origins and limiting core beliefs are unearthed and a discrimination from innate traits is made. We work on any inner block and maladaptive core believes that may hold the person back which result in negative life patterns. We seek to break these at the core to manifest optimal outcomes in the individual’s professional and personal life. We also fine tune communication skills. The work is highly customised. My clients learn to identify and focus on their goals and on key priorities in order to optimise the use of their time and increase the outcomes and productivity whilst enabling the manifestation of ideas and visions.
In a nutshell, this a truly transformational in-depth, but also highly practical and carefully customised, training that not only empowers participants, but enables genuine, lasting change. My methodology, the result of decades of research and practice, is unique in its nature and effectiveness.
What are the common challenges for leaders prior to embarking on C-Suite training?
Common shortcomings for leaders revolve around social skills, attitude towards others, understanding and relating to others, empathy, human awareness and personal relationships. Many leaders also share issues relating to exhaustion and burnout. A common challenge is for people in such positions to lack recognition of their own needs and the ability to understand their own feelings and fail to take actions to respond to their needs to ensure emotional and psychological wellbeing. Rather, they may over-rely on their status to feel good about themselves, over investing in one dimension of their lives, usually work, leaving other dimensions neglected and underdeveloped. This results in a sense of invisibility, and even loneliness and/or worthlessness at the end of their careers, having not invested in anything else. Another common challenge is to depend on other people’s opinions. Whilst it is inevitable to be dependent on another’s scrutiny, one cannot be allowed to be controlled by it.
How has leadership changed/how must it change in COVID-times?
The chief change relates to virtual meetings and the inability to engage physically with others. This may result in an organization’s culture weakening, a hindrance in the development of sound working alliances, furthering issues related to human contact, empathy, connection, relating to others, effective and empathic communication and team work. A further risk entails the loss of subtler cues and dimensions of human interactions. All of this can result in the team members’ feelings of disconnection, loss of motivation, sense of belonging to the organisation and its culture and a lack of inspiration.
What are the C-Suite programs with Dr. Giotta?
The specific trainings I offer are available for both individuals and organisations/companies and are customised to C-Suite leaders and for the board members. My C-Suite training encompasses a focused retreat of 3 or 5 days, depending on the program, that taps into all levels of existence, hosted in a lovely, luxurious and peaceful location.
The retreats are limited to small groups of 8-12 participants with follow ups over 6 months characterised by weekly check-in/follow-up individual consultations. There is also a group platform for mutual support, motivation and sharing. In anticipation of the retreat, the participant is required to complete forms, tasks, readings and non-diagnostic questionnaires, the outcomes of which are discussed during the retreat in the context of individual sessions. Confidentiality is ensured throughout.
How to make the most out of a C-Suite training
Commitment, motivation and perseverance are key, whilst a desire and a strong motivation to continuing personal development are paramount. Like any new skill, change requires repetition and perseverance, as such the participant will benefit from honouring any relevant homework, which is mandatory in my programs to ensure the desired outcomes, allowing progress to be measured during follow up weekly consultations.
What are the common misconceptions leaders may have of themselves and better ways of looking at these misconceptions?
A common misconception leaders may have is a feeling of superiority over others or to expect others to simply obey orders without understanding their rationale and to follow without being heard. Conversely, good levels of emotional intelligence can serve the new generation of leaders well who are there to empower others. Keys skills include the ability to surround oneself by a power team whose specific skills may exceed their own, the humbleness to learn from them, letting each team member’s unique strengths shine whilst bracketing weaknesses and supporting their change and at the same time keeping people motivated and inspired.
Last but not least, “a good leader is…”
A role model who walks the talk, embodying the change he/she wishes to see in the organisation, and in the world. Much like a “good parent”, a good leader is capable of attuning to and hearing others, responding to their needs whilst setting limits to unnecessary wants.
Dr. Adriana Giotta, PhD