Have you ever found yourself stuck and not sure how to improve your business? Have you thought about getting help from a business coach? Coaches are guides who’s outside perspectives help those they assist reach their goals and improve their skills. In essence they are facilitators. Coaches have been an important part of my life in athletics, business and life. The first coaches I can remember were the parents, including my dad of Jackrabbits. Jackrabbits is a cross-country skiing program for kids aged 3 – 12 years old.
For those unfamiliar with Jackrabbits it is a program similar to scouts and girl guides, but on skis that takes place in the winter. We even had badges for accomplishing different skills and milestones; mine are still tucked in a box for safe keeping. Since then I have had many coaches for different purposes and at various stages of athletic and business development.
A fire lit inside of me in 2007 that was so strong that I knew it was time to make the transition from employee to business owner. Unsure of where to start I enlisted the help of two coaches. With one we were focused on developing the business strategy and figuring out how to manage the re-branding of a sole proprietorship to a new corporation and the switch from employee to entrepreneur. The other guided me through the business plan creation and successful negotiations with the gym owners.
It was with their help that I navigated my way from working for a major private fitness gym as a Personal Trainer, to owning an independent business that operated as a strategic alliance within the same gym in less than five months.
Coaches provide a non-partisan sounding board for ideas, help elucidate resolutions to problems, celebrate successes and keep you on track. There is no doubt in my mind the start of Lifemoves was accelerated because the coaches provided the pilot light with their of years of business knowledge that perhaps, without coaching I would have found on my own but over a much longer period of time.
While competing in biathlon the importance of having a diverse number of coaches became very important. When I attended a Junior Canadian national biathlon summer camp the coaches there were able to pick-up things I needed to work on that my local coaches didn’t see. This was because they had their unique perspectives and knowledge base.
Over the years I have had a few more business coaches all with different areas of specialty, such as financial management or purpose and vision. Each coach was sought to help find a solution to a major stumbling block in my business.
If private coaching seems difficult to afford try starting with group coaching or think of coaching as an investment for greater future earnings. Next week I will be attending a business coaching group for the first time with many other entrepreneurs. This excites me because I will be with a group of like minded individuals all interested in accelerating their business and learning from each other as well as the coach.
What are your thoughts on business coaching? How have they helped you?