Running a business can be a lonely occupation.
Not just when you are an entrepreneur or ‘one-man-band’, but even in a small business with just a few employees or outworkers, or a corporate situation, sometimes it is god to not just ‘think outside the box’ but be able to connect with someone who is ‘outside the box’, that is who isn’t directly involved with your business. Someone who can see it from a different perspective, see issues in a different light, who can separate the real from the shadows, stay free from the biases and emotional pulls that you as the owner, CEO or simply Boss, become entangled with and occasionally blinded by. In short, a Coach.
Your coach won’t dwell on your historical mistakes, nor give you technical advice, that is the job of other specialists, your coach is there to support you, encourage you, and help you keep focused on the things you do best, the reason why you are in business, the goals that you have set, the strengths you have, and to hold you accountable to the aims you have, the promises that you have made to yourself.
Running a business can be described as making a journey. When you are occupied with controlling your vehicle, you cannot always see the bigger picture and what is happening in your immediate vicinity or in the near or far distance.
‘Eye in the Sky’
Wouldn’t it be great if you had your own private ‘eye-in-the-sky’ helicopter in a position to see what you cannot, be aware of possible roadblocks, congested roads, weather conditions, diversions and shortcuts, have your destination in view and the best route towards it. This can be likened to the role of a Business Coach, who can guide you in making your own decisions, questioning your own actions and staying positive and focused on your business journey. Most successful business owners through history have benefited from personal coaching, although the actual term has only been universally used to any degree in the last decade.
Athletes and sports teams have an entourage of coaches and their performance depend greatly upon the effectiveness of their coaches, consequently sports Coaching is a highly publicized and indeed highly paid profession. Life and Business coaches while having equally awesome responsibility, seldom enjoy (?) the publicity that their sporting colleagues have but nonetheless provide their clients with tremendous benefits.
The Blogs on this and following pages are posted in an endeavor to pass on just some of the hints and tips that have been highlighted during my sessions with my clients. I hope you enjoy and use them to your success!
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