It’s a little cliche and, at times, a bit hard to buy into, yet I still firmly believe that we (you, me and everyone else) can create whatever kind of life we want to have. And obviously that includes your business. Although we all have different starting points in life, we all live in the … Continue reading “Ways to Create the Life You Want (that are backed by science!)”
Systems, while not the answer to everything, can certainly be one of those things that brings a great sense of control to your business. The trick is creating them in such a way that: 1. They work, 2. People use them, 3. You can keep them updated and relevant. And doing those three is not … Continue reading “Using Trello to Create Checklists You’l Actually Use”
Caution! – If you haven’t watched Part 1 and Part 2 of this video series, be sure to do that now, before jumping into this one. When it comes to creating a marketing plan that works, one of the major causes of floundering teams is a lack of cohesiveness in their planning for execution. I’m … Continue reading “How to Create a Marketing Plan That Works (Part 3)”
On September 30, Jamie was interviewed by Eric Dye of the Entrepreneur Podcast Network about dealing with growing pains and managing the internal and external challenges that come with growing a successful business. With tips from our business coaching toolbox Jamie painlessly describes what specific characteristics and skillsets are needed for an entrepreneur to have successful … Continue reading “How to Master the Inner and Outer Game of Business Growth”
Here is a recent interview Jamie did with Jenny Seaton of Curtin FM talking about the benefits of workplace productivity apps.
Caution! – If you haven’t watched the first video in this series, be sure to do that now, before jumping into this one. Not doing so could cost you thousands in wasted marketing dollars (not to mention wasted time). OK, Now that you are armed with the thinking and knowledge to ensure your marketing … Continue reading “How to Create a Marketing Plan That Works (Part 2)”
The marketing blueprint is really about getting inside your customer’s mind to understand how they think. When you can understand how someone thinks, you can speak to them in a way that is going to make a connection. That’s what marketing is all about. Too often companies make the mistake of marketing in a way … Continue reading “How to Create a Marketing Plan That Works (Part 1)”
A culture of accountability has many advantages. Among them are: an increase in team performance (obviously) high morale (because people are growing and getting shit done) lower stress for you the leader (because you’re dealing with things proactively) ; and business results (when a team is thriving and executing, result have to happen – it … Continue reading “The Truth About Accountability”
< To give yourself the best chance of attracting and recruiting great people, you need to have 3 critical elements in place. The good news is this stuff is not rocket science or necessarily hard to do. Sure it will take a bit of time, but that will be well worth it considering the results … Continue reading “3 Critical Elements for Recruiting Great People”
If you are thinking of engaging a business coach, it can be muddy waters. The internet is filled with many claims and ‘secrets.’ So how do you know what to believe? This article, of course, is totally biased because I am a business coach. That said, I am also a business coach who has learned … Continue reading “7 Must-Haves for a Successful Relationship (With Your Business Coach)”
If you are thinking of engaging a business coach, it can be muddy waters. The internet is filled with many claims and ‘secrets.’ So how do you know what to believe?
This article, of course, is totally biased because I am a business coach. That said, I am also a business coach who has learned much about what makes a successful coaching engagement. I’ve been coaching business owners since 2005, and while I’m very proud of the results my team and I have been able to generate for clients, there have certainly been a few engagements that have taught me some lessons the hard way.
Here are the seven components I believe make a successful client/coach relationship:
- Think long term, not a quick fix – there are times when you will indeed have some quick wins. In many cases when we start working with a new client, there is some low hanging fruit that is easily reaped and that makes everyone happy. That said, long term sustainable results often take time and hard work. Be willing for that. Make sure neither you or your coach have a ‘quick fix’ mindset. There is no need to make things harder than they need be – in today’s world of ‘hacks,’ and immediate gratification, shortcuts can be tempting but rarely last.
- Personality fit – you need to like each other. Sure, coaching can work without likability, but if your sessions with your coach are not enjoyable because of a personality clash, you just won’t get all you could from the engagement.
- Communication and simple language – a personal red flag of mine when engaging any professional is when they use complex language and excess industry jargon. This is often a mask to make them sound smarter than they may be. An effective coach should be able to communicate complex ideas using simple language. At the end of the day, building a business, while certainly not easy, is not overly complex, make sure your coach sees that too.
- Asking uncomfortable questions – you are not looking for someone to tell you what you want to hear. In fact, in many cases, you may need the exact opposite. When you are speaking with your prospective coach, notice how willing they are to ask you uncomfortable questions. Also look for objectiveness and compassion in the way they ask the questions.
- Root cause – a great business coach, will be able to identify the root cause of an issue quickly and help you find a path through it in a way that is doable for you. Everything in life and business boils down to the first principles of business, which are the real keys to success; and a great coach is a master of using these principles.
- Responsiveness – this is really a 101 for any service provider. If you really matter to your coach, they will respond to you within an appropriate time frame. This is a simple point of respect and professionalism.
- Your intuition – after speaking with a coach, you should feel clearer in your thinking and empowered and able to act. You should feel a degree of growth in your thinking and/or skills. At the end of a session, your gut should tell you ‘this is working.’ What I’m really saying here is, check in with yourself after speaking with the coach and ask ‘does this feel right?’. For me, every client engagement that has not gone well (don’t worry, there aren’t that many), I really knew at the start the fit was not right. You will also know, if you slow down, take a quiet moment and ask yourself the question, “is this the right coach for me?”.
While this list is not exhaustive, it is the top seven things I would encourage you to consider when hiring a business coach. This will be a very important relationship in your business life. A relationship that can and should change you and your business or the better.
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