Category Archives: Career

Entrepreneurial and Business Owner Coaching

Business coaching for business owners

It is common that entrepreneurs or business owners come for business coaching for two reasons:

  1. They want an objective sounding board that can provide a valuable critique of their business
  2. They want to move their business forward, but often do not know how to do this

For the entrepreneur or business owner, business coaching is comparable to having a business partner.

The business coach is someone with insight into your business, knowledge about business in general, and who has no ego in terms of ‘being right’.

For the business owner, there could be no better partner than one who has the vested interests of your business at heart.

Business coaching, like business development, is a process. It has ebbs and flows and requires time to achieve results. It is also a relationship that grows and matures over time, and within that maturity develops an in-depth understanding of your business ambition, capabilities, industry, as well as of the people involved and their competencies. This includes the competencies and preferences of the business owner or entrepreneur.

The road that the business owner travels in a business coaching intervention is one in which he or she develops new competencies, and ingrains an improved system of thinking about their business and their ways of doing things.

The process demands commitment and actions, and the results embed the desire to take those actions. When the coaching sessions reach conclusion, the business and the business owner both emerge in a much better place than when they originally started.


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Corporate Business Coaching Interventions

Business coaching for corporations

Why would a corporation need a business coaching intervention?

Corporations are big and powerful and successful. They have visions, objectives and missions which drive them to achieve. And that is exactly the reason why a business coaching intervention can only be beneficial.

At the heart of all business success is the human ingenuity that makes decisions. In large corporations ineffective decisions can be easily remedied or covered. However, really original ways of thinking and great decisions are the sparks that launch a company forward, leaving competitors unable to catch up.

There is a principle in large corporates that encourages new and fresh ways of thinking. This is the fundamental principle of business coaching.

The professional business coach is qualified and skilled at asking those questions to stop a board meeting in its tracks; to make executives question their essential assumptions; and to unearth new avenues of possibility which often elude the established business.

A business coaching intervention in a large company is not designed to fix small problems and improve staff productivity; rather it seeks to target the big strokes and challenge entrenched ways of thinking. This is not because the current way is wrong, rather it is because human nature tends to become comfortable and to prefer focusing and thinking in the way that had always served us.

Business coaching breaks the mundane to inject novelty. A business coaching intervention can be the launching pad to a corporation’s next success!


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Reducing Stress

Stress reduction techniques

Ironically enough, the person who sits at the top of a company generally tends to have the most uncomfortable seat.

Stress and enormous responsibility are all par for the course at a certain level of authority; however, stress reduction techniques are a reality and certainly work to decrease internal pressure.

Some of the more common techniques include:

  • Having a support group who really understand
  • Getting a change in scenery
  • Exercising
  • Participating in a hobby
  • Switching off when you’re not at work
  • Developing an ‘in the moment’ mentality
  • Meditation

Each one of these has significant value and can be life changing. Debra Nelson (president of her own executive coaching company) cites three reasons why the stress of a CEO is so high:

  1. The pace of their work life
  2. The reality of downsizing
  3. Social isolation

Probably the most important aspect of stress reduction is finding what works for you.

Forbes presents some of the ways in which CEO’s manage their stress levels:

  • Robert Freedman (CEO of ORC Worldwide) meditates for 2 minutes every morning while drinking his coffee. This creative ritual is a deliberate form of destressing and it works for him
  • Ryan Wuerch (CEO of Motricity) runs marathons, and then enjoys chips with salsa
  • Luis Derechin (CEO of JackBe) exercises, particularly by enjoying long runs
  • Jeff O’Shea (CEO of IntelliTouch Communications) rides his bike every morning and enjoys listening to music. He also claims that laughter is a great stress reducer
  • Chris Twyman (CEO of Zapoint) maintains that it’s quality family time that is the best solution for him
  • Robin Loudeermilk (CEO of Aaron’s Inc.) swears by the outdoors – whether its fishing, hunting or watching his sons play soccer
  • John Benson (CEO of eFinancialCareers.com) states that time management is the key. With his structured schedule he is able to exercise, switch off from the office, go sailing or try something creative and new
  • P Miller (CEO of Louis Allen Worldwide) relies on being able to talk to his business partner and maintaining open communication with a positive base
  • Gary Bhoiwani (CEO of Allianz Life) focuses on solutions and this minimises his stress levels

Which one of these could you incorporate into your daily routine to help you cope with your daily demands?


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Why Do Business Leaders Need Coaching?

When 200 CEO’s, board directors, and senior executives were asked how receptive they would be to coaching, the results were as follows:
Why business leaders need business coaches

The 2013 stats on these executives receiving coaching was that only 34% of them were having regular coaching sessions. Interesting, isn’t it?

There is an overwhelming receptivity to be coached, and yet when put into practice, there is a drastic reduction in activity. Why is this? Standford highlights an array of reasons, with the most dominant being that CEO’s prefer to be private about getting coaching.

More importantly, the main reason why CEO’s are so receptive to coaching is because good things are easy to see, while blind spots are unknown and tend to creep up on them.

On a global level, top executives receiving business coaching is growing at a rapid rate. The benefits of coaching are becoming better known and certainly more widely recognised.

Why business leaders need business coaches

Source: CEO World Magazine 8 August 2016

So we’ve established 3 facts:

  1. Top executives are receptive to being coached

  2. Only 34% of top executives actually are being coached

  3. Coaching at an executive level on a global scale is rising at a rapid rate

So here’s the final piece of the puzzle: What are leaders being coaching in?

Why business leaders need business coaches

 

If you are a leader, how would you fare in these 12 areas?

How could you benefit from coaching?

And most importantly, what would be the return on your business if you improve in these 12 areas?


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Deep Listening

 

Deep Listening

A client speaking to his Rogerian therapist says: “I’m so depressed, I just don’t feel like is worth living.”

The therapist replies: “I hear you saying that you’re in pain and that you’re not sure how you will ever feel better.”

The client replies by saying: “I really feel I would be better off dead.”

To which the therapist comments: “You really are at your wits’ end about what to do.”

The client stands and moves to the window of the office and opening it up, the therapist observes, “You’re showing me how much pain you are in, how desperate you are.”

The client then jumps out the window

The therapist says, “Splat” (Rosenbaum, 2009).

The point of the above story is that reflective listening serves no purpose. It is parroting what someone has said, and simply repeating back to someone what they have said is pointless.

Deep listening takes a different perspective on listening. It adds empathy to the equation. Empathetic, deep listening happens when the listener silences their own internal chatter and own opinions, and completely stills their mind so that they can absorb everything that the person in front of them is saying.

The principle behind deep listening is that the person listening listens absolutely. They are completely present in the moment, they take in everything about the person in front of them in terms of their body language, facial expressions, voice intonation and use of language. They integrate everything that they witness to build a sincere trust with the communicator, so that the person speaking feels no judgment, and that the speaker feels like they have the listener’s undivided attention.

Deep listening is a practiced skill that takes years to perfect. Once it is perfected, it is an art, and a skilled practitioner can slip into deep listening easily.

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”

Carl Rogers

Crisis Management or Business Coach?

Business Coach Vs Crisis Management

You know what prevents having to deal with crisis management? Going for business coaching.

There’s an amazing advantage to dealing with crisis management and working with experienced professionals who thrive in that sphere. In fact, they are a godsend when you or your business are in crisis – they take the impending doom and create a series of steps to establish calm normality.

The first in that series of steps is usually: Create a plan.
The critical question is this: when does your business need crisis management. What defines a crisis? And how big does that crisis need to be in order for you to seek some form of crisis management?
For a business – almost regardless of size – that cannot get new business, this constitutes a crisis. It doesn’t require media management and a spokesperson to address the public. But the business is in crisis.
The astute business owner has a series of tools to use to ensure that the business does not descend into crisis. One of those tools should be a business coach.
The ease with which business people will contact and employ a crisis management expert – and pay a fortune – is astounding, particularly when the whole crisis situation can be averted through effective business coaching.
Business coaching and crisis management are mutually exclusive, as the effective use of one usually eliminates the use of the other.

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Business Coach Or HR?

Business Coach or Human Resources?

Business is a series of processes implemented by people to achieve specific strategic objectives. Without people the systems cannot be put into effect, and without the processes the people will have no direction or beat practice.

This delicate balance of equal value is one of the cornerstones of a business coach’s toolkit. ‘Business knowledge’ is a broad and never ending subject with endless challenges, opportunities and curveballs.

The professional business coach not only knows this; he or she works with this to achieve outcomes.

Human Resources (or HR) as a department, is a critical component within the business structure. It is this department that ensures the right people are in the right positions in order to achieve the business strategy. Human Resources is a proactive function that deliberately strives to optimise processes by placing, motivating and developing effective people.

This is not a business coaching function. Although admittedly many HR people are great listeners and seem to have an insight into people, their focus, training and purpose differs significantly from that of a business coach.

HR specialises in one aspect of business, and although it is a vital aspect, it is highly specialised.

Business coaches specialise in coaching people in their businesses.  From systems to processes; from recruitment to talent management; from strategy to objectives.

This competency embodies a range of business oriented specialisations and allows the client to focus on the one that matters most at that time.

HR is incredibly valuable, and so is business coaching.

The important point to realise is that the two are not mutually exclusive. Business coaches can work with and add value to the HR department and visa versa. However, they are not substitutes for each other.

Each plays its own meaningful role and achieves its meaningful outcomes in its own way. And each has its own value to add.

Life Coach Or Business Coach

Life coach or business coach?

“The only thing that is constant in life, is change” Heraclitus of Ephesus

Isn’t it amazing how the life coaching revolution has swept across countries at such a rapid rate? And that a profession that didn’t even exist 10 years ago is now considered to be a bona fide life path?

What is the attraction of life coaching, and why has it caught on so much quicker than business coaching?

The answer is simple – life can be hard! Everyone needs help at some time, and to enjoy the guidance of a life coach is a perfectly acceptable solution.

Conversely, business – that is actually much harder than most aspects of every day life – is not openly acknowledged as difficult. The media flashes Richard Branson’s grin, Bill Gates’ philanthropy, and Warren Buffet’s simplicity in our faces. But the failures, sleepless nights, and tummy-aching stress that they all underwent to get to where they are, is completely hidden in the background.

Steve Futrick worded it perfectly when he said:

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

This is the most common error in business: Not knowing that most business people struggle. In fact, 86% of new businesses close down within their first 24 months of operation. These are the statistics that we don’t hear!

So when someone is struggling with their business, they look inwards and try to resolve their problems by themselves. If people knew the realities of running a business, they would be far more open to engaging with a professional business coach.

To attend life coaching is a useful practice; to attend business coaching is both a life and business transforming habit.

Consider this quote by Heraclitus of Ephesus:

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

In the same breath, no business-person walks into the same business coaching session twice – it’s never the same business mindset, and he or she is not the same business person after the session.


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Business Coach or Therapist?

Psychologist or business coach?

When people hear the term ‘therapy’ their minds seem to conjure up all sorts of colourful images. From Freud contemplating his patient lying on the couch to Robin Williams making a life changing breakthrough with Matt Damon. Therapy has become so widely accepted and popular that an estimated 30% of the US population attend regular therapy session.

This begs the question: If everyday people from all walks of life are so comfortable with the concept of therapy, then why does business coaching – which encompasses the benefits of therapy, the advantages of business improvement, and the application of career satisfaction – not have the same level of popularity?

The answer depends on who you ask.  However, popular opinion is that business people are often so busy being busy in their businesses that they don’t have the time to help themselves in their business. 

The bottom line is that the average business owner, entrepreneur, or business manager is trying so hard to cope, that the concept of an external business coaching helping is almost too much to manage.

This is not a judgment, rather an objective perspective, which is exactly what business coaching is about. Perspective. Objectivity. And your business.

When attending therapy, you have the belief that issues will be resolved and you will ‘feel better’. When enlisting the help of a business coach, you know that issues will be resolved, ideas generated, and prosperity enhanced.

Business coaching is therapy – just on a much broader and more satisfactory scale!


 

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Personal Trainer Vs Business Coach

Why should you hire a business coach?

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.

Confucius

Fitness training, such as martial arts, has been prevalent for thousands of years. Yet it was only in the early 80’s that the concept of a ‘personal trainer’ grew in popularity – both as a profession and concurrently as an advantage to have in people’s lives. The interesting part about using personal trainers is that their credibility continually increases and diverse individuals from all sorts of backgrounds seek their guidance and expertise.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Confucius

So why isn’t it the same with business coaches who have expertise, competencies and experience far beyond the boardroom?

The simple answer is because we are slightly ahead of the wave. People are still hiring and trying out personal trainers now, for the first time,  almost 40 years after the profession became plausible.

To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

Confucius

The reality is that business coaches embody more than just an understanding of business.  They work with a plethora of areas integrated with the person involved in his or her business growth – from work-life balance through to daily employee challenges. To develop your body is to work on 10% of your holistic self, while to work with a business coach is to consider 100% of who you are, where you want to go in your life, and use the guidance of an expert to craft the ride with you.

So, if your body is worth the time, investment and energy of spending twice a week paying an expert to assist you, why isn’t the rest of your life – and business – worth the commitment?

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

Confucius


 

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