If you are a business leader or business owner, you’ve probably heard about coaching and how it has been shown to increase job satisfaction, expand your bottom line, and improve the quality of the work you do. But if you don’t have the experience of coaching, it may be daunting, and you may not know how, exactly, that works. Here are some ways your coach can work with you to make that happen:
1. Keep you focused – There are so many things that need your attention, it’s sometimes difficult to decide which are the most important. You may find that you’ve been off course for a while because of conflicting expectations. A coach can help you create a good business plan or they will help you keep your priorities in mind so you can stay on the course you’ve already created.
2. Be accountable – Coaches are great at checking in to make sure you are doing what you say you’re doing. If you procrastinate or forget or have difficulty finding time to do what you want to do, use your coach to set and keep goals so you no longer have excuses.
3. Show you new perspectives and ideas – By asking questions and exploring your assumptions, a coach can open the door to new options that you simply had not seen before. The process of coaching is exploratory, making it perfect for new ideas to make themselves known.
4. Hone your vision – You have great ideas and a solid vision of where you want to be, but how to get there and the little everyday details of that vision often fall by the wayside. Your coach will get you to define and refine your vision so that it truly becomes your reality.
5. Remind you of what you’ve accomplished – When the going gets tough, it’s a great idea to have someone on your side who can remind you of how far you’ve come, how much work you’ve done, and how close you are to the finish line.
6. Grow your business – A coach is a great resource when you need to think through expansion or progress. Coaching is a place to bring your questions and concerns and figure out where the gaps are in your plan before you jump to the execution stage.
7. Support and encouragement – It’s lonely at the top. If you’re a business leader or owner, you may not have colleagues and co-workers you can trust to support you unconditionally and non-judgmentally. That’s a great role for your coach!
8. Explore new ideas without committing – Coaching is a great place to talk through possibilities that may or may not work out. There’s no risk telling your coach that you’ve decided not to set in motion the idea you’ve been working on because the timing isn’t right or you’ve decided to go in a different direction.
9. Be creative and playful – Your coach wants you to be creative and enjoy the work you’re doing. Your business is important and serious, and it’s easy to lose creativity when you’re working so hard.
10. Remove barriers – Once you see that what is getting in your way is a problem to be solved or an obstacle that can be removed, you can make decisions about how to do that. Your coach can see things differently that you can, and can offer a new perspective on an old problem so that you can address it differently.
11. Encourage you to remain authentic – Living a good life and doing your work are not always easy to do at the same time, but with a deep understanding of what your values are, you can find a way to live them every day. Coaches are great at bringing all of this together for you.
Coaches can do so much more, too!