Small business owners possess a seemingly infinite to-do list, constantly checking things off and adding more to the agenda. In my business coaching and advisory engagements I often notice that the pursuit of operational perfection comes at the cost of personal development and self-improvement.
But self-improvement and personal development need not be neglected. Choosing a mentor is a good way to ensure that you, as a business owner, continue to grow, learn and progress successfully along with your business. Read More
We’ve heard it many times - listening and hearing are two very different things. As a business coach who has helped many small businesses to succeed with social media, I need to stress it is vital to listen to your customers, hear what they are saying and wisely act upon it.
When you fail to perform any one of these three steps, the benefits of your social media outreach may well be squandered. Read More
Embarking on your journey as a small business owner may often feel like a lonely one-person job. It’s a common trait which is why I suggest in my business coaching assignments that building the best possible team around you can help you to alleviate that stress and free up some valuable time.
Building the team can feel a bit like a game of Tetris - the key is finding how they all fit together in order to build the most secure and successful structure. Read More
In some of my business coaching assignments I have noticed opportunities to make some relatively low risk changes to achieve some big results. However another thing being a business coach has taught me is that small business owners are, by nature, the last to relinquish control, making outsourcing tricky business.
Avoid the typical rookie outsourcing mistakes made by many business owners. Read More
As a business coach I am a fan of a good business plan. Not a plan that is produced from cheap templates but a short, sharp plan that is focused on achieving great results from your business.
For the best result a good business plan needs to be both sustainable and flexible. I have found that businesses which adhere to these criteria produce the best results for their stakeholders well into the future.
That being said, flexibility is not the only foundation on which one can build a winning business plan. It should never be regarded as a task to simply be checked off your to-do list. Your business plan is an ongoing, creative process that deserves and requires constant nurture, adjustment and attention. Read More
Pen frustratingly tapping paper; foot twitching with urgency; eyes glancing at the clock every few seconds.
Sound familiar? These are the common signs that a meeting has taken a less-than-fruitful atmosphere and it is time to wrap it up. Read More