How often in the middle of running your business have you stepped back and thought “there must be a better way”? Doubtless it’s something you have considered, but you’ve never taken the time and space to work out what that “better way” might be. That’s not surprising – when you’re building and running a successful business, the day-to-day takes priority over almost everything else.
Entrepreneurs feel they don’t have the time to improve how they work and what they do. Even if they do step back, where do you start? How can you get an objective perspective and learn the discipline and best practice to think about, plan, and make things happen in a more effective way?
It turns out there is a solution – with some focus, dedication and effort, you can quickly learn some new techniques, refine your approach, and get a better perspective on running your business. That solution is one-on-one business coaching.
A business coach is so much more than just someone who listens to your problems and offers advice. They have a wide variety of skills including:
- Deeply understanding the issues you have and the root causes beneath them.
- Communicating what needs to be changed, how to change it, and why it’s important.
- Linking the need for change back to more success in your business.
- Having a wealth of experience in running businesses themselves, so they understand your challenges.
- A solid grounding in best practice and practical tools that you can use to do things better.
- An outside perspective that sees things as they are, rather than how you believe them to be.
- An interest in helping you be as successful as possible.
What working with a business coach is like
If you’ve never worked with a business coach before, you’ll be surprised at how quickly they learn about your business and provide you with practical, useful advice. It starts with looking at two vital parts of what you do – your productivity (how effectively you and your team work) and your profits (how all of that work is transformed into the money your business needs to thrive).
Then, they’ll create a customized action plan that identifies and provides clear, practical steps to improve your business, with a focus on both “quick wins” and longer-term actions. The action plan is based on one key principle: it must get you the results you want. Building an action plan is a collaborative experience.
Once you have an action plan, a business coach will also work with you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. They’ll evaluate your approach, skills and experience. This will help you play to your strengths and teach you how to improve on gaps in your knowledge. Because of their experience, business coaches use rigorously tested, proven techniques to help you get where you need to be.
Of course, part of improving how you work is sticking with the changes. That’s why a business coach will hold you accountable and suggest steps to get back on track if you falter.
This all links together to help you develop better habits, meet clearly defined goals, improve the productivity of your business, enhance your approach, and ultimately earn greater profits.
If you feel your business could “be better,” then hiring a business coach is one of the best ways to achieve that. Here at MAPS Business Training, we have some of the best business coaches in the world. Head over here to find more information and sign up.