Getting Better Today
Getting Better Today
By Jeff Earlywine
I woke up early this morning and three things were flowing through my mind. One, I had a couple songs playing. Two, I was excited to jump back into a book that I have been reading (I know some of you must think I am a nerd right about now). The third thing was a nagging thought to contact one of the best business women I know and ask her to coach me all next year. Nag, nag, nag – the thought just kept coming to my mind as I was trying to read. Then I got to the section of the chapter entitled, “Who’s in your inner circle.” That is when I could not take it any longer. I put the book down and fired out a text to her – not really considering just how early in the morning it was. I can’t wait to have her challenge me and kick my butt all next year (speaking in faith that she will take me up on my very early request).
As you may know,I coach business owners and professionals all across the United States. So obviously I believe in the professional business coaching process. But perhaps this is a new concept to you. You may be asking, “What should I do to prepare to even have a coach? And how do I get the most out of the relationship?” Great questions, and below are a few tips to help you.
How a business coach can help you
Accountability. The business coach will help the client determine what is important and continue to move towards those things each and every day. The coach will often put his arm around the client and figuratively pull them to the next level.
“Strong enough alone, you are not” …Yoda
Overcoming challenges in your life and business. It has been said that the answer lies within. As often is the case, the business owner can’t see the forest for the trees, meaning ways to overcome challenges and turn them into opportunities is often hidden in all the activity of the business. A great coach will help the client think through the challenges and determine the best plan of action to turn each challenge into an opportunity.
“I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work”…Ben Franklin
Identifying goals, passions, visions and dreams. The coach will not only help the client identify these but will help lay out a plan of action to accomplish them. The business coach will spend a great deal of time helping the client see that great things are coming, and that it is a process cooked in a crock pot not a microwave.
Coaching helps you develop your leadership skills, clarify your values and guiding principles and build your reputation.” – John G. Agno
Managing your time and schedules, instead of letting it manage you. Everyone knows that there is only twenty-four hours in a day and that they should spend that time being productive. The business coach will help the client understand what it takes to be able to build a business that does not consume them, while at the same time a life with no regrets. Because growing a successful business takes a great deal of time, the business coach will help the client identify ways to maximize his time. Sales, profit, the number of employees, and new opportunities are all unlimited; the one thing that is not is time.
— Are you managing your schedule, or is it managing you?
— Are you intentional with your time, or not?
— What is one thing you need to spend less time doing, and one thing that you need to spend more time doing?
Discover what is working in the business and what is not. This must be done or the business owner’s competition will leave them in the dust. One of the biggest values that the coach offers is his perspective on the business; a new customer’s perspective. The coach has the ability to look at the business with “new” eyes, seeing things very differently than the business owner. Such as:
— The customer service department,
— How sales are handled and followed up on,
— The organizational structure of the company, and
— How the employees are treated by company leadership.
Organization. The coach will help the client put systems in place to organize their life, business, and future. Systems run successful businesses, and people run the systems.
Knowledge. Perhaps the greatest benefit the coach can be to the business owner is educating him on new strategies, procedures, and cost saving ideas. Because a business coach works with clients from many different cultures, income levels, business structures, and marketing concepts, he is able to propel the business owner to new heights with a wide-range of knowledge given during each coaching session.
“Of the Small Businesses that fail, over 90% do so because of a lack of skills
and knowledge on the part of the owner” …Dunn and Bradstreet
Believe this, no one can learn all the skills that there is to know about being a successful business owner, including you and me. There are just too many critical areas to master. We all need a trusted friend and confidante to guide us in “the big picture”, following the right path to success. Helping us to Get Better Today!!!!