Why do you need a Business Coach?
YOU own your own business but, like everyone else, have strong and weak areas:
- Business Management - “I’m getting overwhelmed!”
- Human Resource Management – “Where can I find good employees?"
- Managerial Finance – “These numbers don’t make sense to me!”
- Operations and Production – “Is there a better way of doing this?”
- Marketing – “Are my prices OK? How can I get more business?”
Together, we can discover your management style and the areas you need to improve and make great strides towards a more successful YOU!
Today, billions are being spent on management and leadership programs,
yet many say American corporations are facing a crisis in leadership. To address this issue, many companies are sending more and more of their executives into management training courses. These courses entertain, share the latest developments in leadership, and use the most current visual aids to deliver their messages.
Yet they don't work. Why?
The most fundamental reason is that leadership is an expression of individual personality. Growth and development in this area is difficult and time-consuming and requires one-on- one sessions.
The best answer is executive coaching.
Dr. Bob BizCoach works one-on-one with today's executives, teaching them conceptual thinking and behavioral modification techniques (new ways of thinking and behaving). He understands the importance of blending a person's personality, interpersonal interactions, and business skills into a dynamic whole that gets results. Starting with interviews and psychological profiles, we develop a personalized program for executives that will assist them to reach their goals, both personally and professionally.
Our current clients are delighted with the changes they've made and would be happy to recommend us if asked. For more information on course fees and times, please give us a call.
“Dr. Bob not only understands the dynamic landscape of the marketplace, but is also very good at understanding people and how to effectively help them move forward.”
— Google Review
“In the last six weeks working with Bob, I have done more business than I did in the six months prior - combined!”
— Google Review
10 Things to Look for in a Business Coach
The right executive coach can help you navigate complex business issues; the wrong one is a waste of time and money. Here's how to tell the difference.
1. Find someone you share chemistry and mindset with.
You shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. Consider this: if you were about to get a tattoo, would you be too shy to voice your concern over the design? Heck no! This is something permanent on your body--you'd be asking all kinds of questions. You should treat your relationship with an executive coach similarly. Get into the nitty gritty details, see where their head is at and make sure you match up.--Rob Fulton, Exponential Black
2. Find a coach who will hold you accountable.
I've worked with a few executive coaches. As your business grows and changes, you'll likely outgrow coaches and find new ones who are better aligned with the stage you're at in your business. Early on, it's important to find a coach who will keep you accountable to your major goals, not just someone who starts every call by saying, "So, what are we talking about this week?"--Brittany Hodak, ZinePak
3. Ask for a needed dose of honesty.
To ensure you don't make the common mistakes of first-time entrepreneurs, they may sometimes have to be very blunt. While your coach should try to understand that you don't know everything, they should also be able to call you out when you are about to make a mistake. Listen to the stories they tell about their early experiences--your mentor should be relatable and trustworthy.--Simon Casuto, eLearning Mind
4. Look for someone with opposing strengths.
Look inward for your weak areas before looking outward. Are you weak in X? Find someone who's strongest there.--Sam Saxton, Salter Spiral Stair and Mylen Stairs
5. Make sure they have goodwill towards you and your company.
You can buy advice from almost any successful executive or entrepreneur who's made it before you, but levels of commitment will vary. A good coach will take a genuine interest in your success and in you as a person. Some of the best coaches aren't paid for their services. -Gideon Kimbrell, InList Inc
6. Seek out someone eager to teach by example.
The best executive coaches do less talking and more walking. Anyone can blurt out idealistic pep talks. The smartest and most effective leaders demonstrate how something should be done so you can follow their example. Otherwise, you may end up with an expensive "expert" who will regurgitate "management best practices" she may have read in a textbook.--Firas Kittaneh, Amerisleep
7. Look for a mentor, not a "coach."
I'd be hesitant to recommend somebody who is a professional executive coach to a younger founder. Somebody like this would benefit much more from a mentor, preferably a seasoned entrepreneur in a similar industry who can show them the ropes and provide intros and insight based on actual issues they've encountered and overcome.--Travis Steffen, MentorMojo
8. Look for someone who admits their failures.
I address this a lot as a mentor to fellow entrepreneurs and MBA seniors. Your failures are the most important things you have to develop who you are as a person and a business. An executive coach should be able to talk about his/her failures openly as they've learned from their past mistakes.--Parker Powers, Millionaire Network
9. Make sure they are trustworthy and objective.
Being a founder is like being on an island. You have access to mentors, a team, investors and maybe even a board. But there are some things you may not want to share with them so as to not raise any "red flags." An executive coach can provide support in these areas and help to build emotional awareness, navigate challenges with confidence and develop strong communication skills.--Antonio Neves,THINQACTION
10. Ensure they have the ability to bring out your best thinking.
One of your best assets is your own brain and gut instinct--it's important to find a coach who can listen deeply and facilitate your best thinking, not just tell you what to do or jump straight to answers without first helping you organize your own thought process. Innovation will come from the combination of your two skill sets--look for someone who will complement, not overpower you.--Jenny Blake, Jenny Blake