About Leadership Mastery
We are probably the best known executive coaches in Melbourne. Having been in business as full-time coaches for over 17 years, we have worked with more than 2,000 executives and senior leaders in private sector companies, NGOs and public sector organisations.
Lynn and Peter are partners in life and in business. We coach jointly and our clients have found that our complementary approach, different perspectives and coaching styles lead to a well-rounded and rewarding coaching experience.
We are expert coaches, we understand business and people. This means we understand you as a person, in your specific situation and context. Every suggestion we can give you as a result will be specific, pragmatic and feasible. We don’t follow a formula or offer standard prescriptions. We know what will work for you, in your specific circumstances.
We don’t make promises that we can’t keep and we don’t open boxes that we can’t close. Working with us is always safe. Integrity and honesty are our core values. We have seen every possible pattern of behaviour and we know where our limitations are. If your best option is to leave, we will tell us so.
From our perspective, working in senior roles in private and public sector organisations has become quite stressful in recent years. This experience has led us to make changes in our life, we have moved out of Melbourne and now only work 2-3 days a week in coaching. The rest of our time is dedicated to running our own wildlife conservation charity – Nature Needs More.
Dr Lynn Johnson and Dr Peter Lanius
WHAT WE DO
There are 2 types of coaches – supportive and expert. A supportive coach will assist through asking questions and validating feelings. Expert coaches like us are more like elite sports coaches – we can actually offer solutions that work for you, in your unique situation and context.
Our approach is honest, insightful and focussed on helping senior leaders more be effective and happier in their roles. This typically means developing more flexibility in behaviour and learning to ask better questions. No matter if you would like to reach the next level in your career, become more flexible as a leader, become astute in navigating organisational politics or simply have more tools in your bag to deal with difficult situations or people, we can help you in just 4-6 sessions.
The basic idea of coaching is to have expert assistance with building skills in relation to leadership, management and commercial acumen to either solve current problems or to set you up for future success. Through working with a coach you are able to recognise and address patterns of behaviour that are usually impossible to see in yourself.
Executive Team Coaching
Executive team coaching probably has the highest return on investment of any coaching. Very few executive teams we have come across have achieved the necessary balance between trust, robust conversations, commitment and holding each other accountable to achieve team effectiveness and collaboration on a commercial level.
Instead, what we find most often in Australia is that trust and commitment levels tend to be high, yet most teams we work with lack the ability to have robust conversations with respect and empathy and the ability to hold peers accountable is underdeveloped. The starting point is different in every team, but improvements can be made quickly and lead to dramatic business outcomes.
We use a combination of team workshops, attending regular ELT meetings and individual coaching to improve executive team effectiveness and collaboration. All our work is done in the normal context of managing the business, we don’t play games or create scenarios. We work on whatever problems are current and reflect on how the team members approach collaboration, problem solving, giving feedback and holding others accountable.
We provide targeted and intensive leadership development for middle managers and senior technical professionals through group coaching. The programs are customised to your organisation’s needs and vary in length between 4 and 6 sessions. Sessions are full or half-days and 2-3 weeks apart and we work with groups of 5-12 people.
In these group coaching sessions we work on leadership and management challenges brought up by the participants and collectively work on how to solve the problems presented. We then follow up at the next session to reflect on what happened when the person applied the solution and refine the approach if necessary. Our group approach to leadership development is based on guided discovery, reflection and coaching, not information download or discussing generic case studies.
360 Reviews for CEOs
We design, administer and debrief custom 360 feedback reviews for CEOs. Most 360 feedback tools are nor designed for CEOs and don’t work well to solicit relevant feedback from boards and external stakeholders. The majority of requests for this type of 360 review comes from CEOs or boards of small-to-medium business and non-profit organisations such as professional associations or charities.
Each survey is custom-designed based on what specific topics the board and/or CEO would like to focus on. In most cases we would use 25-40 questions in 5-8 categories. Because they are custom-designed, we don’t create a ‘pretty report’. Instead we provide a full debrief based on our in-depth analysis of the results. We normally combine the 360 review with 3-4 coaching sessions to work on the most important development opportunities uncovered by the feedback.