Good business coaches can help professionals get clarity on what objectives and goals they are looking to achieve. Gaining clarity as well as confidence, which a good business coach helps find, can improve decision-making abilities.
Improved communication skills should also a product of working with a skilled business coach. Being able to relay ideas effectively to staff so everyone is on the same page saves time and prevents confusion and upsets that can be caused by poor communication.
Good communication makes delegating tasks a much more seamless transition which helps free up your time as the business owner.
A lot of time and money is spent in the recruitment process and the training of a new employee and again my experience tells me business coaches are able to assist in placing staff in roles they're truly suited for and will therefore feel fulfilled in.
I’m a business coach so obviously a have a particular view but It’s no surprise to me membership of the International Coach Federation has tripled in the past decade and coaching is a billion dollar industry in the US alone.
Still, it’s important to be aware that while some coaches have extensive experience and are well trained there are many who are not and may simply have a week long course under their belt.
An obvious warning sign of a business coach that isn’t worth engaging is one who has ‘50 ways to improve’ something or delivers all their coaching online, simply increasing the workload for an already overwhelmed leader.
Executives and business owners want to be able to talk openly and honestly with their coach. They want someone who will work to understand them and who will ease their burden not add to it.
Asking a lot of questions to gain valuable insight and understanding is another positive sign of a good business coach as well as a minimum five years experience in business either as a coach or as an owner.
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Mike Irving is a Performance Coach and Founder of Advanced Business Abilities. He has 20 years’ experience in Business Management, Leadership Performance Coaching and Team Building.