What business coaching has taught me about life so far…
It wasn’t long ago I was sitting at this very computer typing in the words “I need help!” not to be mistaken for being in a deeply depressed state, the opposite in fact. Life was good so it seemed, money a plenty and toys and woman around me to satisfy enough of the urges a boy must fulfil at some stage of life. Business was growing-not at any record breaking rate but the future could have been easily predicted.
It wasn’t so bad. A lot more than average would have been available to me. A stable fairly predictable cash flow business, A few properties, wife with 2 ½ kids and a dog, a bigger house than I need with a nice backyard and swimming pool. Time would have been sacrificed for the aforementioned. A bit of stress here and there. A worthwhile trade-off for the blue collar business owner.
Why the cry for help then?
Something happened that day, the vibration was strong, it couldn’t be totally capped this fine day and the inner was searching for something that it couldn’t easily fulfil or find for itself. The end result that I had easily painted was not in harmony with that tip of the iceberg vibration. There was a big conflict!
3 years later and here I am, same business but with a huge difference. Little did I know that day that I reached out to the world it would set a course of self-discovery, adventure, fun and laughter that I would never have believed if someone had told me if they pushed me through that door.
In fact, if someone had ever told me that Business Coaching could bring this with it I would have laughed in their face with a confident smirk and gone back to my office desk and brushed it off “just another fad scheme”. ..I had to walk through that door myself.
There are a few definitive times I have experienced with coaching that have proved to be the catalyst for the topic at hand-the short term goal that all the work beforehand was leading to. I don’t particularly believe that the coach knew exactly what form it would take or when this “event” I talk of would come, they would take on many different forms but the confidence of the coach to push for it and to know when it comes and then to stand a bit closer in the transition to the next stage is what you actually pay them for and at that particular time of the coaching, the level at which the coach re-sets his compass, I feel, is by these events.
At a certain time we implemented our new Recruitment process and a few weeks later we had an admin girl in and thank God we did. What a relief it was to get someone else in to do the tasks I didn’t want to do and the level at which they were done was far superior to what I could ever had produced. I got back a lot of time, believe me.
Not only that, but now after 3 years, the Company Revenue has significantly increased, we are making more money, have better profit margins and great systems in place, and we have spun off another Company in an entirely new Territory; we have two Managers, a Customer Service Manager, better Technicians, and I have ALL the tools I need to take the business to wherever I want.