If you follow my blogs on a frequent basis, you probably know that I have a strong desire to include a ‘give-back’ program in my business. Giving back is, in my opinion, an important component of any business and their corporate social responsibility (CSR). Corporate social responsibility offers a business a wonderful opportunity to connect with their community. Employees and customers are becoming very discerning about which companies they align with. CSR is one area that I believe should be included in every business, no matter how big or small. [Read more…]
Is a Coach Right for You?
As I have been growing my new business, I have been asked by many people why a person would hire a coach, and what I bring to the table that would benefit my clients. These are great questions and ones worth responding to… so I am taking the liberty to respond in this article.
What is a Coach?
According the the Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey, “Executive coaching means regular meetings between a business leader and a trained facilitator, designed to produce positive changes in business behavior in a limited time frame.” Sherpa also indicates that business coaching is the new term for business consulting, whereby the Coach works to develop a clients knowledge and skill. Regardless of which type of coach you want, a coach will facilitate a positive change on a set schedule in a limited time period. A Life Coach focuses on your personal life and relationships, rather than on business activities and business behaviour. [Read more…]
I introduced our new Business Leadership Journal earlier this month. In honour of my Grandfather’s birthday (a good reason for a special price), I decided to offer a special price. I’m excited about this new business / career tool that will keep you focused and accountable to your goals and plans and learning from your setbacks and successes. [Read more…]
Have you ever wandered off course when trying complete a project or reach your goals? If you are like most people, the answer is most likely a definite yes! In my Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine article 5 Secrets to Turning Good Intentions into Great Results, I mentioned how creating a board of directors can be valuable in keeping you on course. Staying on track can be a huge challenge. Each day we are pulled in different directions by clients, suppliers, employees, our own career or entrepreneurial tendencies for innovation and by life itself. Engaging with a Coach is one way to keep yourself on-track but this approach may not be for you. Another option is to find an accountability partner or group, also referred to as a mastermind or peer mentoring group. Groups can be facilitated by a Coach or self-directed.
I personally have used, and continue to use both approaches to keep my business growing and developing. Without the support of my coach and mastermind partners, I do not believe that I would have achieved the growth and fulfillment I have. I never stop learning from them. I also love to share in their successes too. [Read more…]
The focus on small business continues this week in recognition of Small Business Week. A recent article by ISLTV.com featured the secrets to small business. This article cites a survey conducted by RBC Small Business by Ipsos Reid. The survey results revealed the following as the top three components business owners need to focus on in order to grow their business:
2) manage your time well (43 per cent)
3) engage in networking (38 per cent).