Don’t do it alone

I can’t tell you how much this piece of advice has helped me and countless others over the years.

Running a business is a huge challenge. We have people, legislation, timing and customer issues to name a few and quite simply, there is no way we can be good in all areas.

We recruit others who still need direction and look to us for stimulation and support and once again it’s down to the business owner to deal with it. Many try but fail.

Thus I will tell you best advice is to get a business coach to help you.

When you select the right one a business coach is like a personal trainer, they challenge you, they push you and they motivate you. But they also bring skills in which they are proven to be efficient and at a higher level than you and the combination of leverage, motivation and skills input drives you to greater success.

Having a coach is not a kop-out. It is NOT a sign of inadequacy or lack of capability. No. It is in fact a huge sign of maturity and intelligence that proclaims “I am good but I can be better so I am willing to be helped in my growth”

Not all coaches are equal

Truthfully it’s great that just like a marriage or relationship, there’s somebody out there in the world for each of us business coach wise. Equally, you can often pick the wrong partner and thus the wrong coach but don’t say, “I never want to work with a coach!” You probably don’t want to be single always so it is a question of looking more closely at what you want.

The message though is that we all perform better when we meet with and connect with the right person who brings outside perspective and challenges us whilst sharing with us their skill set.

Doing business alone is foolhardy. It isn’t brave or clever or big and strong. It’s simply daft.

And by the way, I do NOT say this because I’m a business coach. I say this because I use a coach myself. In fact several, and often.

It’s hard to make change stick – but much less so with a coach

Turning advice into action is hard, even more so when the advice that isn’t tailored to your personal scenario and ever-changing needs. You can read all the tips you want, it’s doubtful you’ll apply them or stick to them long term without some sort of accountability – until it gets imbedded as a habit that is.

You and I say loads of things to ourselves (and our colleagues) about ‘what we are going to do’ but then ‘stuff’ gets in the way. We don’t do as we said and waste time, effort and money therefore. A coach ensures you do take action, which, in turn creates momentum. ‘It’ has to be done before I meet the coach next!

Insight and experience to get you to the next level

As a stressed business owner, you might not even know how to make things better. Or maybe you have an idea, but don’t know how to get it going or what to do for the best.

A good coach helps you get to the next level, using their experience to help you do not just what you need to do, but how you need to do it. Breaking it down, step-by-step, making sure nothing is missed out and no effort is wasted which you won’t get from a tips article.

Personal accountability goes a long way

Think of having a business coach like having a piano teacher. Your piano coach will teach you a new tune, and expect you to practice it ready for the next lesson, hopefully have it off pat, ready to show off how good you are.

The same process applies to business coaching – learning, application and accountability to someone whose opinion your respect. A coach helps you choose the right changes and then help you make them stick. 

We’re great for your growth

You won’t regret engaging a business coach. An organised and planned out programme including monthly follow-ups, will bring you a massive ROI, guaranteed.

It’s just about picking one you get on with, and one that has an understanding of you and your business.

Your staff look to you to have all the answers. But who supports you?

Your coach!