One-on-One Coaching Focused on You and Your Business
As a business owner, you have the power to create the business and the life that you want and deserve, but it takes courage. You have to step up to the plate and say what you want.
One-on-one coaching is designed to focus on specific issues that impact you and your business. It allows for drilling down into problems and issues to create long-term success rather than settling for business as usual.
Our Process Supports Your Success
Our proven process — 7 Steps to Accelerated Business Growth — helps you visualize and implement the future you want for your business, using a set of clear, concrete concepts:
- Step 1—Clarity of direction
- Step 2—Communication
- Step 3—Have a plan
- Step 4—Intense focus
- Step 5—Discipline
- Step 6—Results
- Step 7—Motivation
Seven Common Mistakes Business Owners Make – Are your problem areas on the list? If so, we can help!
Gary Furr’s experience in business and as a business coach can help you correct or even avoid the seven mistakes that business owners make over and over again. See if you’ve made any of them in your business.
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1. Lack of Basic Business Skills
You may have started your business based on the technical skills that you acquired through working at other businesses, but you may not have acquired the skills and tools necessary to be successful in business. For instance, in business you need to know the language of business, which is accounting. You also need to understand sales and marketing and human resources, particularly how to manage people as well as how to hire, onboard, and train other individuals, because as your business grows, you can’t do it all by yourself. You have to leverage your time and energy, and you do that by hiring people who have the skill sets that you may not possess.
2. Lack of Clear Direction
If you aren’t able to achieve the kind of results that you desire in your business, the problem could be that you haven’t been clear on exactly what you want to achieve. No different than Alice in Wonderland. If you don’t know where you want to go, you’re not going to get there or you’re not going to recognize it when you do. Clear direction is paramount. What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to go in your business? What do you want your business and personal life to look like five years from now? If you’re not asking these questions, then you are most likely not going to create the future you want.
3. Lack of Communication
The lack of clear communication creates chaos within a business, especially if you have employees. You may know where the business is going, but have you communicated that clearly to your management staff and employees? It’s not enough for you to know where you want to go. You have to get everybody on the same page, headed in the same direction, in order to achieve the success, you desire. That doesn’t happen without clear communication.
4. No Action Plan
You could be blocking your path to success by not having a plan on how you’re going to bridge the gap between your current state and your desired future. Even if you know where you want to go and have effectively communicated it, you still need to have a plan of action. How do it execute on the direction you have clearly articulated to your employees? How do you break that down into manageable pieces so that your employees understand how it applies to them? What are they going to do in their job to move the company closer to its vision and direction? What are they going to do day-to-day that will bridge the gap and help the organization reach its desired future?
5. Lack of Focus
If you and your business are not achieving the kind of results you want, it is likely because you are distracted by clutter and non-essential work. This usually happens in the absence of clear direction on your destination and the lack of a plan to get you there. Business owners have many distractions since much needs to be done, and they often need to be coached into how to be powerfully focused and how to break things down into manageable pieces to achieve the results they want.
6. Lack of Discipline
Many business owners are not disciplined to focus on the 20 percent of work that generates the greatest return on your investment of time and energy and money. In order to be disciplined, you have to use your calendar to block off time during the day for intense focus on your priorities for that day or that week. Eliminating the distractions and disregarding all the minutiae that tries to grab your attention takes discipline, and that discipline is required to achieve the results you want to get.
7. Lack of Motivation
Motivation is like a feedback loop. If you’re operating without some of the critical factors we’ve discussed (clear direction, communication, an action plan, discipline, and focus), then results won’t be what you want, and discouragement is almost inevitable. Discouragement then undermines motivation. That lack of motivation further undermines results. It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s a cycle that can be turned on its head to create positive results. When you use the steps of direction, communication, an action plan, discipline, and focus, your results (and motivation) will turn around.
Make Time to Think and Envision
How does your business and personal life look to you right now? Where do you want it to be five years from now? Take time to envision your future, and be specific. Write it down, including the specifics, and then read it each day. It’s a little like programming your subconscious mind to get the results you want; this is one of the keys to success, and it’s in your grasp!
I highly recommend Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich; it highlights the necessity of clear thinking. As a business owner, you have to step back from your business and see it from a broader view. What does it look like? What do you want it to look like? You can create the future that you want. You can create the business that you want, but you have to take the time to see it and think about it. I can help.
Change The Future Of Your Business With One-On-One Coaching
If your business isn’t achieving the results you expect, don’t wait—do something about it. Get started by calling Gary at 503-312-3145, or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.