Congratulations for taking the lead on your own climb. A terrific inquiry!
Granted I’m a business leadership coach and while every situation is not a ‘coaching’ ideal, I see your situation as a natural. In general, coaching pertains to helping the ‘client’ move from where they are to where they want to be. You have identified your goal in rather specific terms in the sense that you want to achieve the CIO position within 5 to 7 years. In working with a coach the work will focus on …
1. Identifying the specific technical skills and knowledge that the position will require
2. Evaluating where you currently stand in terms of such skills and knowledge and thus able to identify what additional learning you need to bring you up to the desired level
3. Approach the leadership responsibility you will have in a similar manner … what is going to be required and where are you today in having these skills.
4. Design the learning path to mastering the leadership skills the CIO position will require in terms of being extremely effective as a leader.
The unique approach of coaching is that both coach and client are focused on creating a strategy and plan that represent a good fit for the specific client. Only if it is compatible with the person does it have potential sustainability for them. This is what they will achieve in their joint effort. Too often, following a more generic ‘to do’ approach risks becoming a flavor of the month to the person because they haven’t taken the required steps and adapted them to their own personality and style.
In the overall, it is important is that both the client and coach base their time together working on a situation based on real rather than perceived circumstances. This becomes the start point of the relationship to assure that you are building to your goal from a solid and realistic foundation.
I'll be glad to discuss this with you further if desired. In the meantime, you're asking the right questions for sure!
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