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Are You An Executive Who Struggles With Executive Function?


What Are executive functioning skills and why are they important? 

Executive Coaches in Boston often help people who are facing challenges related to Executive functioning. Executive functioning skills are known as “the management system of the brain.” They are a set of mental skills including flexible thinking, self-control, and working memory. Issues with executive functioning can make it difficult for students to focus and follow directions, resulting in their learning process being affected. Students of all performance levels benefit from instruction around executive functioning, but for different reasons.

The twelve executive functioning skills are as follows: self-restraint, working memory, emotion control, focus, task initiation, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, flexibility, defining and achieving goals, observation and stress tolerance and management.  

What are the causes of executive functioning deficits? 

A common cause of executive function issues is ADHD, but other causes can include dementia, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, substance abuse, autism, Huntington’s disease and traumatic brain injuries. It is very important to diagnose the cause of executive function issues so that you can get help identifying treatment options, such as medications, coaching and therapy.  

What are the signs of poor executive functioning? 

It is not unusual for an individual to struggle with one or more Executive Functions. Signs of poor executive functioning include difficulty paying attention, difficulty organizing, challenges with planning and prioritizing, inability to stay focused and engaged in tasks, being unable to regulate emotions, difficulty remembering information or following directions that involve multiple steps, self-monitor and understand other points of view. You know you need Executive function coaching if you have either been told by others you struggle with these issues or you are concerned that you are finding it difficult to keep up with work or family expectations.

What is an executive functioning disorder? 

An executive functioning disorder can impair a person’s ability to stay focused, remain organized, complete tasks, multitask, engage with other people with appropriate interactions and self-control. Teaching these skills and behaviors at any age helps prevent work related performance issues from arising and can also improve work performance that is not meeting expected standards.  

How does ADHD affect executive functioning? 

People with ADHD often experience a number of symptoms related to executive functioning. In fact, some ADHD experts have often called ADHD Executive Function Deficit Disorder (EFDD). These deficits often include having trouble starting or completing tasks, paying attention, organizing thoughts and prioritizing tasks, time management and following directions. Also related to executive functioning are working memory challenges with ADHD, such as forgetting what was just read and following directions. 

Can you have executive function disorder without ADHD? 

Yes. While some people with ADHD experience symptoms of executive functioning, not everyone with an executive function disorder has ADHD. Click here to learn more about ADHD Symptoms and coaching for ADHD.

How can executives improve their executive functioning skills?  

Here’s How Executive Coaches in Boston Can Help:

Through executive functioning coaching with one of our Executive Coaches in Boston. you learn and have an opportunity to practice these skills and behaviors: 

  • A goal setting process with strategies to follow-through 
  • Strategies to manage digital distractions
  • Time and task management strategies used by top executives  
  • Development of problem-solving skills  
  • Feedback and accountability that helps individuals reach their goals  
  • Strategies to increase emotional control related to productivity
  • Strategies to manage daily crises and maintain productivity
  • Planned development of independence through fading of external supports
  • Setting and managing priorities better
  • Enhancing motivation to accomplish daily tasks
  • Ways to improve self esteem and self-confidence 
About Our Executive Coaches in Boston

Our coaches provide coaching support and accountability to Executives and others, by teaching them the tools, strategies and behaviors needed to enhance their executive functioning skills. These skills and practices include time management, problem-solving, planning and organization skills, reasoning, proactive communication, task prioritization, and analysis. We take a step-by-step approach to completing tasks, and work with Executives on organizing their time, planning tasks more effectively, and encouraging them to seek clarification when they have questions. Contact us today to learn more about coaching with us. 


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