Achieve Your Dreams, Perth’s pre-eminent business coaching service, specialising in lead generation strategies to increase sales, customers and clients and give you, the business owner, greater success and control over your business, presents another insight into Business Coaching.
During our daily chats with people from many walks of life we are often asked the question, “When should someone seek a Coach?” This is much harder to answer than it appears on the surface, because the words ‘coach’ and ‘coaching’ are relatively new – wealthy people have had mentors for centuries, but for the ordinary masses, this was often beyond their means and circle of friends and acquaintances, and so most muddled along the best they could. Luckily that has all changed, and although not readily accepted in Australia, it is well accepted in North America, and the UK.
After a recent brainstorming session our team put together the following checklist of symptoms in three categories – Business, Personal and Family, and we ask you to go through the list and tick any that might be applicable to you. These are the things that keep you awake at night, may distract you, may keep you from peak performance and may lead you to make mistakes. For the best results, please be as honest with yourself as possible – it’s very easy to deceive yourself, much easier than you may think!
|Feeling confused, wanting to take the business to another level, but not knowing how.
|A fight with a friend / colleague, or the loss of someone close.
|Not enough money to pay your bills, or your staff – falling sales, no orders coming through – future looks bleak!
|Staff problems and issues that you never seem to be able to solve.
|Threats – both real and imaginary.
|Too much work or feeling overwhelmed.
|Blackmail of any sort that you feel you can’t handle.
|Not knowing what to do or where to go next.
|A feeling of being dead tired and a mountain of work to do.
|A DUI (Driving under the Influence (of alcohol)) charge pending, or other legal matter.
|Money going missing, or being embezzled.
|A drug, alcohol or gambling addiction or problem.
|The loss of a partner, child, loved one, or close relative.
|Competing commitments – work vs family (see also Family).
|A constant state of sickness.
|An older parent becoming sick and infirmed.
|Losing a large client – real or imaginary.
|Suffering a significant injury.
|Losing a close and meaningful relationship.
|Being sued or having a legal issue.
|A constant pain in the body – pain is the way our body signals trouble.
|Having a chronically sick child.
|Competition – a feeling of being swamped by your competition and not knowing how to respond.
|Guilt over something you’ve done that won’t go away.
|Having a chronically sick close relative.
We do not claim this list includes every possible contingency, but it will remind you of associated incidents you may think are long forgotten. Your score – if you ticked any of the above, or had uneasy feelings while reading the symptom, you need to see an experienced coach. Yes, a doctor can treat the pain, a solicitor can assist with a legal matter, but what about the mental block the incident may create and the limiting belief that may hold you back for decades, or the unresolved guilt that may make you feel you are unworthy of any success – can you see where we are driving?
A coach cannot fix your toothache, set your broken bone, or represent you in Court, and we don’t want to do that. What we can do is help you discover the reason you may be neglecting your teeth, why you are ‘accident prone’ and why you took a huge risk or have a ‘death wish’. Doctors treat the symptoms – if you present at the doctors with a pain, the doctor will prescribe a drug that will ease the pain, they won’t investigate why you have the pain for 2 reasons, they haven’t that training, and they haven’t that much time to spend with you – the average doctor’s consultation appears to be around 6 minutes – not very long at all. The same with the solicitor or barrister – they will represent you in Court, but will rarely want to know the reason you did what you did, apart from to form a defense. Once your court appearance is over and the verdict is pronounced they will send you the bill, and if you re-offend, they are happy as they have another fee. Not so the coach – they want you to know why you did what you did so you won’t re-offend – can you see the difference?
Consulting a doctor, or engaging legal counsel is very acceptable these days, but wasn’t always – less than 100 years ago doctors weren’t so well trained, and hiring legal counsel wasn’t so affordable, so most ‘common’ people represented themselves and their subsequent conviction helped populate Australia. Coaching is not well accepted in Australia, where a strong “I can do it myself’ ethos exists, but is a huge industry in North America and worth in the vicinity of $US14 Billion per annum and, of course will become more acceptable as the average person meets those who have consulted a coach and reaped the benefits – you only have to look at elite athletes to realise the benefits of coaching, but there are others – the businessman who took his business from a small concern to a large, influential business in less than 3 years by consulting a business coach – the person who attained their ideal weight after consulting a health coach and realising she had lived with the criticism of her mother and aunt for more than 5 decades and once she realised this, her eating habits changed almost overnight, or the person who realised she really didn’t deserve being treated badly after consulting a life coach – all these stats, and more, are on the net for anyone to see.
Enough from me – here are some other articles from the internet:
8 signs it’s time to hire a Business Coach – Forbes mag
- You Are Overwhelmed
The No. 1 sign that it’s time for a coach is when you hit that feeling of being overwhelmed. You are overwhelmed by feeling like there is too much to do and too little hours in the day. You are overwhelmed by not knowing how much profit you are making at the end of your month. And you are overwhelmed because you don’t feel like you have control of your business, your employees or your vendors. — Terra Bohlmann, BrightBound
- You Need a Confidant to Talk About Your Business With
Standing center stage holds an expectation for excellence. Who can you trust to speak without feeling exposed, or impairing your credibility or reputation within the organization or its clients? How would it feel to have a safe sounding board for honest feedback on your ideas and a partner to support you in the process of design, implementation and evaluation? Time to hire a coach! — Donna Spina, Coaching InDeed Inc.
- You Intellectually Know What to Do But Don’t Do It
You need a coach when you “know” what to do but don’t implement. Lack of change typically occurs because you need to experience some paradigm shifts that require someone with an outside perspective challenging your assumptions and because you need someone to help you translate general principles into specific steps that you can take in your own life. — Elizabeth Saunders, Real Life E
- You Aren’t Getting the Results You Want
Sometimes we think we know the right path to take in our career growth or business growth, but we come to find it isn’t working. In order to get results we want, we may need guidance from someone who can see things from a more objective view, not a subjective view. Turning to a business coach can increase ROI, surge active engagement, and allow one to remove obstacles that are precluding results. — Wendi Weiner, JD, NCRW, CPRW, CCM, The Writing Guru
- You Want to Save Timeand Money
If you’re business or thinking about starting a business and thinking, “Wow, I could really use someone to help me figure out the best way to do this,” you should be considering getting a coach. Going the “lone wolf” route can cost much more in wasted time and money, and that can all be avoided by working with an excellent coach. — Tina Dietz, StartSomething/Tina Dietz Business Development
- You Find Yourself Listening Only To Your Own Ideas
The No. 1 sign you need to hire a business coach is when you find yourself only listening to your own ideas. The higher up the ladder you are, the more people tend not to be honest and just comply. The same thing can happen to entrepreneurs because they have a tendency to work alone; they have the tendency to only hear their own ideas. We all need checks and balances. A coach can help you. — Dr. Cherry Collier, Personality Matters, INC.
- You’re Feeling Stuck and Frustrated by Others
My clients often have a similar story reappearing in their lives in different ways. A great time to work with an executive coach is when you find yourself repeatedly frustrated by others around you at work, or if you can see that you have some unhealthy workplace dynamics, but you’re not sure how to really shift them. The unbiased perspective of a coach can be just what that executive needs. — Jo Ilfeld, Success Reboot
- You Want Your Company to Grow
If you’re alive and breathing as an entrepreneur, you need a coach. I’m not only a coach, I’m also the CEO of a company of 40 people. I’ve hired half a dozen coaches, been the beneficiary of a couple dozen mentors, and worked with multiple therapists. Your companies only expand at the rate of your own growth. Find a coach you can rely on and get to work. The ROI is ridiculous. — Corey Blake, Round Table Companies
10 Reasons to hire a business coach now – Young Entrepreneur Council
1. You’ll go outside your comfort zone.
Especially for introverted entrepreneurs who run online businesses, like myself, it’s easy to become enmeshed in my own business world. My business coach has helped give me the push to step outside my comfort zone, meet new people and try new things in my business. Even extroverted entrepreneurs can get caught in ruts — a business coach will push you out of them.–Dave Nevogt, Hubstaff.com
2. You’ll get personal attention from someone who knows your business inside and out.
I’ve had a business coach for more than five years. The one aspect that a coach brings, that group sessions or mentors do not, is a keen awareness of your entire business and way of being. There are few times when someone is going to focus just on you for an entire hour, probing you about something that happened last quarter, an employee issue you had three weeks ago or your style of leadership.–Beck Bamberger, BAM Communications
3. You’ll finally have someone who isn’t afraid of correcting you.
Every great team has a coach. Think of the best NFL and NBA teams, which all have coaches. A coach is someone who’s not afraid to confront you and tell you when you’re doing something incorrectly. They have a proven method to success and can help you take your business to the next level.–Marc Devisse, Tri-Town Construction
4. You’ll learn how to make your ideas a reality.
Business coaches have one goal: to make your ideas into a reality. Although you may have many brilliant ideas for your company, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and what to tackle first. Business coaches will evaluate your plans, assess if they are realistic or will be successful and set out a way that you can implement them correctly.–Miles Jennings, Recruiter.com
5. You’ll gain a needed confidante.
When you run your own company, it’s often hard to talk to people about your true concerns. Life partners, employees, peers and friends don’t get it for different reasons. At the same time, there’s a lot of noise in your head and around you. A business coach can provide that confidential, quiet space to focus, be a soundboard and problem-solve the priorities and challenges you face.–Charlie Gilkey, Productive Flourishing
6. Your networking opportunities will skyrocket.
The more you are involved with successful people, the more you will succeed. Aside from the other great points in this article, networking opportunities skyrocket when your business coach is out being an advocate for you. They know you and how you react in many situations. You will be top of mind in many cases when your coach is out meeting new people.–Drew Gurley, Redbird Advisors
7. You’ll make more money.
Simply, a good business coach will help you make more money. Every good coach, whether it be sports or business, has a process. Phil Jackson ran the Triangle Offense and won six NBA championships with Michael Jordan. Vince Lombardi won five Super Bowls creating what he called an Execution Strategy, combining spiritual and military discipline. Find your coach. Find your strategy. Then cash in.–Derek Hunter, William Roam
8. You’ll develop self-confidence.
The biggest “pro” is confidence. I attribute this to experience. My coach is 67 years old. He’s lived quite a life, from owning and selling businesses to failed partnerships, lawsuits and billion-dollar acquisitions. You name it, he’s done it. I leverage his failures and successes. He’s helping me achieve my goals, but also making sure I’m prepared for any situation that comes my way.–Jon Tsourakis, Revital Agency, LLC
9. You’ll be held accountable for what really matters.
A business coach can do wonders for busy entrepreneurs. As you run a growing organization, everything gets complex; you get busy and sometimes push off things you know are important. This is where a business coach comes in. You can discuss the vital things you need to accomplish in order to achieve your goals, and your coach will hold you accountable. That alone will make you more effective.–Jeff Cayley, Worldwide Cyclery
10. You’ll hear unbiased opinions.
One great thing about having a business coach is that he or she knows more about you than your business and will likely have no biases without your industry or company. This provides a great forum for unbiased advice based on your concerns as a leader. Good business coaches can lead founders to “aha!” moments and uncover solutions that people close to the business may overlook.–Brittany Hodak, ZinePak
4 Reasons You Should Seek Out a Business Coach – Entrepreneur Asia Pacific
1. To brainstorm brilliance
There’s a common saying that goes, “nobody is smarter than all of us.” In other words, the collective power of many is far superior to the single power of one, which speaks to the value a coach brings in brainstorming new ideas. However, doing so is both an art and a science.
Anybody can go online and find brainstorming software for free with the goal to generate genius — that’s the science part. The “art” part, however, is excavating personal values and beliefs that you never knew existed and linking them to your desires and intentions. Sometimes it takes a new perspective to see an existing connection.
2. To bounce ideas
Nowhere else do you find somebody solely dedicated to acting as your own personal sounding board. A coach — well, a good coach — pushes out all thoughts from his or her own brain to be present and just listen. Doing so allows the coach to ask powerful questions that unearths deeply rooted values otherwise firmly planted.
The best part about this is the amount of judgment that the coach offers: zero. Unlike the local rumor mill in your neighborhood or office, it’s not a coach’s responsibility to opine about your position, but rather to suspend judgment in such a way that guides you toward your own goals.
3. To be accountable
Isn’t it strange how easy it is to break the promises we make to ourselves, but less so when we involve other people? A coach serves as an accountability partner who challenges you to strategize and develop your goals while aligning your efforts toward achieving them.
4. To receive guidance
A business coach will challenge your thinking, goals and willingness to grow. As somebody who has “been there, done that,” a coach also acts as a role model because of the experience that he or she shares. Additionally, a coach has unique insight that broadens your business awareness.
Why Hire A Coach? Ten Terrific Ways To A More Powerful Life
- A coach can be a confidant.You can tell your coach things you wouldn’t tell others, because a coach is trained to understand and be non-judgmental.
2. A coach can help you see your blind spots.Everyone, even the coach, has personal areas that are out of view or awareness until someone points them out. A coach is perfectly poised to perform this critical function.
3. A coach can provide objective feedback. Other people may have agendas. Your coach has your best interests in mind in providing feedback and counsel to you.
4. A coach provides another set of eyes. Even the top performers in the world have coaches to help them see what they themselves can’t see.
5. A coach can keep you accountable. Your coach can help you take on more responsibility by having you report weekly on your accomplishments and initiatives.
6. A coach can be a sounding board. Your coach can be another set of ears as you talk about the things that are bothering you. As you hear yourself have a conversation new personal realizations emerge.
7. A coach can be another source of creative ideas. You can brainstorm and try out new ideas, behaviors and mental processes as your coach provides a safe place to experiment.
8. A coach can help you create your vision. Your coach can assist you in developing your plans for success based on your values, personal strengths, background and assets.
9. A coach can help celebrate your successes and be a source of strength when you fail. Your coach can be a supportive and nurturing source of energy.
10. A coach can help you process life. Life is a process and a good coach can assist you in reviewing and reframing what happens in your business, your sports and your life!
Hopefully you will now have a better idea about the symptoms you need to watch out for as a signal when you need to seek a coach. If you need assistance, please contact us immediately.
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