When you think of business coaching, what comes to mind first? Rah-rah sessions? Feel-good moments where you get a pat on the back and validation for all of your ideas and decisions? If you believe this is what business coaching is, we have some news for you: it’s not. We’re here to dispel some notions you’ve come to know and set the record straight. If there was ever a doubt, be clear that your business coach is conspiring…
- We will tear apart your ideas. The truth is good coaches will tell you when you’re wrong and will help you avoid pitfalls in every way possible. Sure, we’ll let you keep and refine the good ones, but the bad ones, the unprofitable or ill-conceived ones will get promptly kicked to the curb.
- You won’t be able to hide behind excuses. Sorry, but you’ll need to share your excuses with someone who wants to hear them, it’s just not us. Reasoning, yes, excuses, no. We want the truth why something wasn’t done like it should have been. We want your accountability to be first. Excuses fix nothing. Excuses are the anti-fixer.
- We will prove that you don’t always know best. You hired us to be an adviser to you, to help you. Fighting sound ideas we develop for you, or not implementing them is not helping your business. Let us do our job. We want you to succeed.
- We will make you uncomfortable. It’s really part of the job description to make clients squirm a bit. The reasoning is simple: when things are too much the same, complacency cannot be far behind.
So yes, what you’ve heard really is true: Business coaches are conspiring. They conspire to make you better by relieving you of outdated concepts, ideas that will be too shaky or costly to implement, and excuses that deflate the profitability of your business. We’re your advocate and when bringing one of us in, you need to be open to being coachable. If you’re not ready, don’t hire a coach. You really do need to be ready for help and the changes that come with it. Oh, and if we haven’t scared you off yet, then perhaps it’s time you drop us a line and get the ball rolling.
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