What actions are you taking that are consistent with what you say you want?
I work with independent professionals, entrepreneurs and teams as a Strategic Collaborative Partner and Facilitator.
Helping my clients maximize their time and talents so they can achieve success according to their definition of what success is, is my job.
What do I do as a Business Coach and Facilitator?
- Ask powerful questions
- Facilitate detailed conversations
- Create visual illustrations (sometimes big drawings)
- Address actions (or lack of actions), personal development habits and leadership practices
How is this accomplished?
- Accountability Partnering
- Life Purpose and Life Improvement Strategizing, Planning and Goal Setting
- Developing a Vision of YOUR Desired Future
Most of my clients are entrepreneurs, vetrepreneurs, small business owners or independent contractors (financial services professionals, wealth advisers, real estate brokers, niche consultants, independent professionals). Typically I begin to work with my clients once they’ve started/established their business. Some are working toward the end of their first year, and some have been doing what they do for years, but need help taking the leap to their desired “next level” of success.
My clients are also teams. Business owner teams, advisory boards, or volunteer boards seeking improved organizational effectiveness through coaching and facilitation.
Every client or team is different, but the consistent quality I bring to the table is, “I’m helpful.” If I bring my team, “We’re helpful.” I enjoy every opportunity to empower and develop others.
What I see over and over is my clients are stuck. Why? They’re getting in their own way.
How exactly do I see my clients getting in their own way?
Following are some repeating themes related to the small business owner/ “SOLO”preneur getting in his or her own way:
- Key word “SOLO”. Solopreneurs wear multiple hats to manage their businesses. They use and need all their minutes to get the jobs done associated with all these hats, and very often they’re unclear with themselves about when to seek help; or they simply don’t take the time to stop an acknowledge help would move them forward.
- In an effort to save cash and continuously fill all the roles/demands of small business ownership (wear all the hats – admin., accountant, business developer, marketing person, networker, etc.) the real work they’re passionate about doing becomes less and less of what they actually do. Their use of time AND how they purpose their time comes into question, and thus – they are IN THEIR OWN WAY or STUCK.
- My clients are hard on themselves, demanding near perfection – their own worst critics. The time to “get out of their way” can be distracting, stressful , difficult to accept and uncertain. I know, because I am capable of behaving the same way. The idea of Perfection Paralysis comes to mind. Habits have been formed. Default actions and behaviors exist. Making beneficial changes can often be uncomfortable, frustrating, even painful to an extent – yet genuinely craved, because the work they are passionate about pursuing in the first place is truly what they wish to accomplish.
The first step. Give yourself permission to ask for help. A huge first step.
By starting with a few introductory questions, we will determine where to start helping you, help YOU.
Some of the spaces where I help my clients make positive and effective changes include:
- Developing Your Vision
- Honing Your Leadership Skills
- Leveraging Your Strengths and Talents
- Managing Change and Opportunity
- Managing Yourself
- Networking and Connecting Powerfully
- Starting Your Business
- Strategizing for Your Success
My job is being the person who helps my clients help themselves. My clients identify how to use their time more effectively, they give themselves credit for what they’re doing well/effectively, they celebrate their successes and their God given talents, and through our work together they find their own custom solutions and resources to help the change process feel effective instead of uncomfortable, frustrating or painful.
Clients who experience the most success are committed to meeting consistently for at least three months. Typically I meet with most of my clients (in person/by phone/Skype) every other week on an hourly basis. Very often we email or communicate in between for Accountability purposes. For my part, I will “ping” clients as a way to check-in about a certain effort or action they’ve committed to working after the most recent meeting.
There are times when an Immersion session is beneficial. Examples of immersion are yearly goal setting and visioneering, detailed business planning, preparing for a major transition, etc. These can be provided as two to three hour sessions, or potentially longer.
Individual and Group Coaching is available. If your desired outcome or project is large and requires multiple, specific resources, a custom team can be assembled. Please inquire.