The Business Coaching Blog

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Melina Gillies

5 Tips for Onboarding New Employees (that make them want to stay!)

How much time and effort are you really investing in onboarding new employees? For anyone who’s had someone leave after less than a year, you’ll know it’s much more than just the salary itself. This video is for those who want to set new employees up for success. For those who know that successful hiring

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Jamie Cunningham

Double Your Sales in 3 Steps

We live in a world of ‘hacks and shortcuts’ and if there is one truth I know about them, it’s that they rarely work. While ‘hacks’ might generally be used as a cool marketing term, it’s implication is that one can get around having to do the ‘work’. WRONG. The ‘work’ always produces results. A

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Jamie Cunningham

4 Steps for Dealing With Difficult People

Do you have situations or people in your life that just make you shake your head, (or even make your blood boil)? It can be so frustrating dealing with people who just seem to want to be difficult. It’s like they are getting some perverse pleasure from stirring your emotions, and a lot of the

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Melina Gillies

Case Study – Michelle

Michelle had been working in the family business for over 15yrs. She was well known and well liked in the industry. In fact you could say she was a ‘go to’ person. Her father was no longer involved in the operations and Michelle had been running things for the past 5yrs or so. While the

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Melina Gillies

Case Study – Barry

Barry originally came to us to discuss his retirement and transitioning the business to the next generation. Both Barry’s kids (Tom and Sue) were involved in the business. Barry had been running the business for 30yrs and he was ready to get out. There were two key obstacles in front of Barry.  The business was

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Melina Gillies

Case Study – Mark

Scenario: Mark had come to us with a strong desire to grow his company. They were hovering around the break even mark and each time they experienced a win it seems to be followed by a quick backwards step return to the same place. Mark was in his late 30th’s with 3 kids and big dreams.

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Melina Gillies

Case Study – Sue

Starting point: Sue and her team had structured a business around training people how to do their own PR. While sales were ok, profits were not. Added to that, Sue was flying all over the country servicing different markets. She was exhausted and couldn’t see how to scale it further. She wanted to hire a

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Jamie Cunningham

The 5 Things (not so secretly) Sabotaging Your Success

Most of the time, when you react to a situation, it happens by default. And that reaction will mostly depend on what you’ve practised the most. (i.e. what you’ve done and seen others do.) In other words, your programming.This may be a good or bad thing with regard to success, or whatever you are trying

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The Hard Truth Every Business Owner Needs to Hear

The most direct and lasting path to changing your business is changing you. It’s not the easiest path – in fact, it can be quite the opposite – but it is one of the best, and for good reason. So what does that mean for you? The Hard Truth The simple hard truth is that

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Ways to Create the Life You Want (that are backed by science!)

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

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Employee Ghosting is a Real Thing, But Here’s How to Fix it

Type the term “employee ghosting” into Google, and you’ll end up with 166,000 results, most of which take the angle that a phenomenon once reserved for the dating game has, somehow, snuck up on business and permeated our unsuspecting, open-plan offices like the stench of a rotting corpse. In truth, employee ghosting has been going

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Using Trello to Create Checklists You’ll Actually Use

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 always easy.For us and many

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