What Does A Business Coach Do?

What Does A Business Coach Do?  A business coach guides the business owner, CEO, or executive, in running a company. For that to work, the Coach must be a thinking partner. As a thinking partner, the Coach assists in clarifying the company’s vision, mission, and goals. Furthermore, the owner’s or executives’ business goals must fit in with their personal goals.

In other words, business coaching is a proven process of taking a company from where it is currently to where the business owner desires it.

What is the Difference Between Business Coaching and Mentoring?

Many people are a bit confused when it comes to distinguishing coaching from mentoring. That is because, ideally, both roles bring their years of experience to the table. The most significant distinction is that a mentor concentrates on encouraging. A mentor might also give some helpful tips. Mentoring is a less formal relationship between the mentor and mentee, while coaching follows a more structured and precise approach.

A business coach will take the time to inquire about the executive’s visions, thoughts, desires, and goals. The coach will systematically think them through with the client on a peer-to-peer basis, and in doing that, will crystallize and refine the focus. This process results in optimized and objective planning. A coach will also bring fresh eyes to the conversation. That means the coach will offer new perspectives and ask thought-provoking questions.

A coach will then provide support and accountability. Encouraging the completion of small but consistent steps will lead to massive wins. Sometimes a coach will need to give her owner/executive a nudge when planned actions do not get completed. When the coach notices a pattern of procrastination or resistance to executing the declared action steps, digging deeper into the reasons provides the desired breakthrough.  Getting a good answer to the question… What Does A Business Coach Do?  Read on!

A Business Coach Creates Workable Action Plans

Proactive company owners and executives look for an understanding of organizational development objectives and why it is essential to them personally. Nevertheless, the owner/executive ultimately establishes which goals to pursue and at what rate. If the team of the Coach and the executive were to target an outcome that does not connect to the executive’s objectives and professional and personal dreams, there would be no burning reason for accomplishing it.

After making clear where a company owner/executive wants to take their organization or team, business coaching will certainly refine strategy and prioritize what goals and methods are required to assist in progressing the business closer to its objective.

A business coach meets with the business owner/executive frequently, typically either weekly, to keep them on track to the actions steps they decided on during the previous training session. The coach addresses matters that occurred during the past week. If it turns out that a previously made plan requires tweaking, the coach assists with that. The next round of thinking happens. New action steps emerge.

Often it is lonely at the top for an owner or top executive – a coach changes that experience. A coach makes it safe for the owner or executive to “let the hair down.” She makes it safe to express fear, uncertainty, discomfort, or any number of feelings that the top executive doesn’t think he can share with others.
A great business coach has years of experience that they offer. Ideally, an executive business coach is not only a person who has gone through coaching training but has also worked as a business leader in the past. The coach has seen many situations and learned from them. The coach assists the business leader to figure out what their goals are. From there, they create a guidebook to reach them. The coaches’ experience can help the business leader to see which tasks are simple and which might be more involved. A coach will help the business leader prioritize and decide what is an excellent near-term goal and what might be a longer-term pursuit. It is essential that the coach does not overuse their experience and tells the business leader what to do. Coaching is about a thinking partnership.

Business Coaches Create Accountability

An essential component of business coaching is accountability. You will certainly never see a football coach run laps on the field. The same holds for a business coach. It is not the job of a coach to act as a subject matter expert (even if they have subject matter expertise, it is not part of the coaching). A coach will refrain from doing the work. They are there to keep the business leader concentrated on completing the action steps that lead to the desired results. A coach will remind the leader of the ultimate purpose of the endeavor when that vision is starting to slip out of sight. A coach will inspire the leader to keep on going and remained dedicated to their goals. A business coach functions as a sounding board and, when needed, hold a mirror in front of the business leader, highlighting what is happening in his/her organization as well as unseen personal areas.

“My business had stopped growing at the rate I thought it could, and I knew that I needed some help. Dr. Stephie did an incredible job of identifying what makes my business special and helped me to maximize that uniqueness to help grow business. My business is running much smoother and more efficiently, and my stress level has dropped considerably.”
— Bill Walsh, District Manager, Farmers Insurance, District Carlsbad, CA

Coaches track goals by developing key performance metrics (KPIs) that makes the trip to reaching them very clear. The coach is there to help keep business leaders on track and also measure development that somebody might avoid recording if they worked on their very own. When the trip is transparent, it makes the individual that is in charge of reaching them accountable.

Who Seeks Business Coaching?

Many fantastic business leaders attribute their success stories partly to having an excellent business coach. Coaching is not primarily for the “weak” who need help to meet expectations. Coaching is most often for the energetic go-getters who want to see their visions and dreams become a reality faster. An experienced Thinking Partner outside of your organization who has been in the seat of business leaders AND who has been trained thoroughly in the art and science of the coaching process is your best bet to get there fast.

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Thanks for reading, I hope this helps answer the question.  Dr. Stephie

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