How to Find Out if You're Ready for a Business Coach

Published: 29th June 2009
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Copyright (c) 2009 Alan Gillies

Business consultants can be a valuable asset to your business. But before hiring a business coach, executive coach, or taking executive management training, it's time to do a self assessment to see if you are ready to open up to business coaching principles.

One aspect of business coaching that is difficult to grasp is communication. Although you think you're prepared to deal with your weaknesses and improve upon them, you haven't yet completely realized the fact that you can't do everything on your own. A business coach or executive coach can ease your concerns and help you understand that admitting you need professional advice is not a sign of weakness, but rather shows smart business thinking. In fact, all types of businesses, from home based to large companies, are turning to business consultants to improve their communication skills and enhance profitability.

The key point to business coaching is finding out whether or not you're prepared. Before contacting a business coach or executive coach, here are some basic questions to consider: Are you ready to be helped? Are you prepared to accept what a business coach or executive coach says, even if it's something you don't want to hear? Are you ready to grow to the next level and take executive management training?

Business coaching explores the subtle details of your communication strategies and the way in which you presently conduct business. Here are some other self assessment questions to consider: Are you adaptable to change? Are you open to trying new things?

Often times, business consultants will create a plan that might require putting additional resources into your business. Are you prepared financially to add more employees, purchase new equipment, or designate money towards marketing or advertising?

One benefit to executive management training is that it encourages you to think out of the box and to tap your creative side. Consider these questions: Are you ready to refocus your time and efforts? Are you willing to foster open communication throughout the entire business organization?

When hiring business consultants, you work with them on various areas, such as new concepts, executive management training and communication skills. Are you prepared to invest the time into these sessions? Are you willing and able to do extra work assigned? Will you be accessible for your coaching?

In doing a self assessment, consider your communication skills. Do you recognize the importance of communication in everyday business dealings? Are you ready to learn new ways of communication that will better position your company for success? Are you prepared to learn new communication skills?

Studies show that the cost for business consultants pays for itself tenfold in return on investment. But are you ready to pay for a business coach or executive coach? Are you ready to budget for executive management training for you and your management team? Are you open to paying for communication skills workshops for your employees?

If you answered "yes" to all these self assessment questions, then you are ready for business coaching and recognize its value towards achieving business success.


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Alan Gillies is the Managing Director of the L2L Group, specialising in providing Executive Coaching, Training and Consultancy Services to Businesses across the Globe. Want to learn more about these business success strategies? Get Alan's popular FREE Business Pack today!

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