Questions Asked by Business Owners

What is Business Coaching

Business coaching helps business owners to plan more clearly, take better actions, and improve their bottom line results. A recent study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses found that 70% of small business owners turn to spouses or family members for the majority of their business advice – and we know that most small businesses eventually fail!

Our business coaches meet with you on a weekly basis, over a year to set goals and create strategies. You have someone to hold you accountable, ensuring actions are being taken. They provide you with the tools and training, for you and your staff, to measure results and refine strategies.

What do we do when we meet?

Initially, you meet with your business coach on a weekly basis. The focus is getting to know each other so that the coach learns your business strengths and weaknesses. Together you identify the areas of greatest need and untapped opportunities. You then develop an action plan for moving forward, with specific actions to take before the following week’s meeting.Every meeting we discuss your prior week and what you specifically did to move your business forward. You exchange ideas about upcoming projects or challenges, and develop a new action plan for the upcoming week.

Isn’t business coaching called consulting?

While a business coach definitely does some consulting, a consultant does not coach. A pure consultant is basically a specialist dealing with a certain area of a business. For example, a consultant might be able to tell you how to eliminate waste in a manufacturing process. Typically, a consultant is project/problem specific, and details their findings in a report.

A coach is there for you – even outside regular meetings – to help you, guide you, motivate you, improve you, and improve your entire business.

What do you mean by Improve me and my business?

You may not be aware of business practices that are keeping your from achieving results because you’re busy doing the everyday tasks.

We will help you maximize your strengths and transform your weaknesses. You will learn skills in leadership, relationships, strategy, motivation, productivity, and organization.

Your coach also focuses on your personal life, when appropriate. The business world is full of great leaders that are miserable in their personal lives and it shows up in their business. The line between your business and personal life is too closely connected to ignore their effects on each other.

Why does the coaching process take a minimum of a year?

Have you ever been to a seminar and left recharged and planning wonderful changes? How many things did you implement from the seminar within ninety days?

Creating lasting change is a process of acquiring skills and developing positive habits. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” Coaching is a process to get you to develop positive congruent habits that maximize your life and drive your business forward. The process is important in creating real and lasting change.

What about the rest of my team? Do you offer anything for them?

We have seminars and workshops to improve every area of your business depending on your needs. In addition, you’ll recieve assessments to ensure that you are building the best team possible.

Seminars are on team and morale building, developing the mission and vision, marketing more effectively, sales effectiveness, customer service excellence, personal effectiveness, leadership, goal setting, and many more. We custom design them for your particular business.

Getting input from your employees in each area of your business goes a long way to them taking a level of “ownership” in the success of the business and it empowers them. Since they will have ownership in the ideas that develop, they will have a personal interest in the success. The results can be incredible.

In addition, we are available to work one-on-one with some of your key people in areas that challenge them!

Does business coaching apply to my industry or market?

Coaching applies to any business that wants:

  • More prospects inquiring about your service or product
  • To sell a higher percentage of these leads
  • To serve your customers so that they generate more sales
  • Better control of your profit margins
  • To be a better leader
  • Better systems to run your business
  • More effective, engaged employees
  • To make more and work less

This sounds “too good to be true”.

That’s up to you. Think back to the dreams that you had when you started your business. Do you have the same passion now that you did before?

By combining your pursuit for personal excellence with excellent business strategies, the coaching process does bring out the best of both worlds. Once you clarify, or in some cases reconnect with, what you want in your life, develop a plan that will provide it, and take congruent actions on a daily basis, your enthusiasm returns. It becomes fun again, and your profits climb!

There’s NOTHING like it.

I’m already doing well. Why do I need a coach?

Every top performer in the world – from talented athletes to the President of the United States – has mentors, coaches and advisors.In studies of successful individuals, certain characteristics are always found: they are always goal-oriented, very persistent, and have a person or group of persons that they meet with regularly to brainstorm and learn.

Simply ask yourself: On a scale of 1-100, “How do I perform right now?” If your honest answer is less than 100 – our coaches can help you.

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