Sun | 15.05.2016
Meet Paul Renaud, Certified Executive Coach (ICF), specializing in peak performance, Brain-Science & Marketing, with over 30 years experience.
1. Dear Paul, please introduce yourself shortly to all our members.
I’ve had the pleasure of working at senior levels on 6 continents, mostly in a commercial environment-telecoms. Coaching is a cross section between my experience and my willingness to help people perform; I am really in my ‚Zone’ as a result. Today, much of my work is divided between Executive Coaching, marketing consultancy, teaching and writing. Recently, I've delivered many presentations about the power of networking which is also the subject of my book called: 'A Networking Book’. On many occasions, my coaching does cover a lot of the principles in my book!
2. You have so many years of experience in coaching people, at different levels, coming from different industries and different countries & cultures. What was your biggest challenge as a Coach?
A good Coach is a good listener, but a great Coach is able to help their clients find and become "the change" they seek. They help their clients discover their dream goals and bring their clients one step further to meeting those goals. The challenge is always an interesting one: How do I help this person get better? Better is not defined by me. Better is defined by the coworkers and stakeholders who are involved in the process.
3. Why and when should a company look for a coach?
The Coach can highlight your weaknesses and less than optimal behavior since it is virtually impossible to assess one’s behavior or style objectively and identify the reasons our career is on ‘stand by’. The Coach will identify areas that you need to change
‚When’ is a question that varies for many. Perhaps after an annual review you discover that you need to improve some „people skills” such as inter personal dynamics, team working skills, improved communications or listening skills. On many occasions we don’t help people get better at their jobs per se – they’re already skilled (sales manager, technician, product manager, lawyer, etc.). Often the problems are behavioral especially if the person has been promoted a few times. We forget that what got us here in the current job won’t get us at the next level and perhaps our behavior is hindering our career growth.
The moment you accept that you are unable to efficiently deal with people, then it’s time to meet a Coach to help you get back on track. Like a sports Coach, we help clients maximize their professional potential – either master new responsibilities or aspire to a new career while at the same time finding balance with other equally important aspects of their lives such as their partner, family, social life and spirituality.
4. How do you appreciate the usage of Networking in Romania? Is it exploited at its maximum potential?
Networking has different connotations to different people. Some say networking was responsible for their current success and is due to proactively developing their strategies and activities. Others claim networking put them at the right place at the right time.
Yet for others, networking is absolutely the last thing they would do, since they fear networking or feel some sense of complacency. Some just have a lack of awareness of the benefits often confusing networking with ‘pushiness’ which really is more a matter of how you present yourself and your willingness to give back. I often say to people ‘Perhaps you’ve not given it a fair shake, or there’s something holding you back.’
For some of us networking can seem daunting and uncomfortable. In fact, the more we concentrate on needing to network the more self-reinforcing that fear becomes. There’s just too much noise going in our heads to hear the message of how really easy networking can be. But I don’t want to bother or harass people. Okay, then don’t. Networking isn’t about bothering or harassing, it’s to do with helping others and being helped in return.
Complacency sets in when you decide to try to network but at the last minute give up and say to yourself ‘Ah, this is not going to work and it’s really not that important.’ One universal truth is that what isn’t tried certainly won’t work and this is a half-hearted effort. Complacency doesn’t launch any ships and isn’t good for anything, especially networking. Recognize the little voice telling you to give up isn’t coming to bat for your team.
Some feel they don’t have the natural skills for networking. Others believe that improving one’s skill in networking has to be instinctive or you must be born with the ability. Wrong on both counts. This is a lack of awareness. Networking can work for everyone and it can make a difference even if you’ve felt uncomfortable about jumping in the pool. They just need to get past the early networking jitters! This applies to entrepreneurs just as much as professional managers
5. You recently launched a very interesting project, the Center for effective coaching. Tell us more details please.
Together with my partners, we’ve just launched a Coaching organization with locations in Romania, France, Morocco and Poland and it’s called the Centre for Effective Coaching.
The Centre for Effective Coaching will be recognized as the Leading Partner in creating sustainable change and a positive impact in the culture of performance for the European market.
We strongly believe that every Romanian Manager has the potential to become an inspiring Leader. It is only a matter of time, focus and self actualization. Change is possible and we are here to witness that transformation.
6. In the end, do you have a message for NRCC members?
I would first like to tell the NRCC members that I am honoured to be part of this chamber and be one of their members. I am looking forward to be able to support each member in their business.
Perhaps a motivational quote? I can think of no better expression to describe Attitude.
“A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”
It’s an often used word but in a job setting it can make a world of difference.
You are are not born with attitude in my opinion – you develop the right frame of mind, a sense of optimism and dedication and the end result is attitude.
Attitude means never having done something but trying – regardless of the result.
Attitude means helping someone without the need of recognition or praise.
Attitude means coming up with solutions to a problem as opposed to just bringing up problems.
Attitude is making sure the team wins and not the person.
Attitude means taking responsibility and accountability for your own development and career, not playing the ‘blame-game’.
Attitude means not complaining about your work, your boss, your colleagues- since it quickly becomes a habit.
Attitude means never, never quitting.
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