The Business Edge Blog

December 20, 2012

The 4 Presents I Would Put Under Your Tree This Christmas

Christmas Presents

If you own or manage a business there are 4 presents that I would put under your Christmas tree this year. Successful business owners would agree that if I could box these up and put them under your tree you would be well on your way to growth and prosperity.

Present  #1: Clarity

Clarity of your Vision, Mission and Values.  A clear vision of who you are, what you are and what you stand for is at the core of every successful business.    Of the four packages under your tree, this present would be the largest one.   It is the foundation upon which everything else in your business is built.   Before you open any other gifts, open this one.   Until you establish clarity for your business it is hard to move forward with a purpose.

Present  #2: Focus

Focus on what matters most. As a business owner you probably feel like you are being pulled in 10 different directions at times.  Once you have clarity you can begin to focus on what is really important and what path you need to be on to reach your goals.  Stopping to analyze if what you are doing is the most important thing for you to be doing at that moment will help you to prioritize and decide which of those directions you are being pulled is the right one to focus on.  Decide what your goals are, then write down the action steps you need to take to get there.  Set achievable goals in terms that you can measure progress along the way.  Define dates for reaching the goal and identify who will be responsible for monitoring progress in a fun way.  Think of the charity’s Christmas stocking thermometer billboard with a clearly defined goal and updating along the way to clearly show what has been achieved and how much more work needs to be done.  Find something that works for your goals.

Present  #3: Momentum

Momentum to achieve your goals. Avalanches start from one small section of snow breaking away from a slope.   Something causes the first section of snow to break away. Focus can be the start of the tremendous growing force in your business.  The focused momentum that you start ignites excitement in your employees and customers and is contagious.

Present  #4: Accountability

Accountability for success. Your fourth present is the one that can sit in the back of the pile and get overlooked.  If you don’t open it and implement it with the other 3 presents, all the presents may as well be packed up with the Christmas ornaments and not be looked at again until next year.  Without accountability, all the gifts and all your work can lose their luster and end up collecting dust on a shelf somewhere as a partially implemented project.  You have great intentions for the year, but without accountability the year flies by and before you know it the Christmas tree is up again and the year is almost over.  This may be where you are right now as 2012 is ending.  Don’t let it happen again in 2013.

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As you open the gifts under your tree this year, remember that you can give the biggest gift of all to those that are most important to you – a thriving growing business that fulfills your dreams and theirs and makes a positive impact on the world.

Let me know how I can best help you achieve your dreams for your business in the comments below.

July 27, 2010

The Top 5 Benefits of Working With a Business Coach

A popular question prospects ask when considering hiring a business coach is…..”What will I get from working with you?” 

The following Top 5 Benefits are taken directly from comments made by my clients on what they have received from coaching together.

First – Clarity.  We take the time to create an image of your ideal business situation.  Who is your ideal client?  How many do you need?  Where can you find them?  Once things are defined we know where we are going.  It’s not just putting out fires and working hard each day, it’s working toward something we can envision.

Second – Values.  What are your values?  Can you actually write them down? The most successful business owners incorporate their values throughout all they do, including their business interactions.  Once you articulate your values you can instill them in your business and if you have employees, ensure they conduct business the way you would.    

Third – Goal Setting.  What are your goals?  Are they to grow your business, improve profits, or ready your business for sale as your exit strategy?  Once you know your goals, you know where to focus.    

Fourth – Milestones.  How do you get from where your business is today to where you’d like it to be?  In achieving most goals there are steps to take along the way.  These are called Milestones.  They are the stepping stones to get to the ultimate goal.  When you know the next milestone, you know more preciously where to step when options, distractions and detours are placed in front of you.

Fifth – Balance.  My clients tell me they acheive better Balance in their work and in their life.  I can see they are less stressed.  They know what they want to achieve, they know what their values are which guide them in their decision making, they have set goals, they know the next step to take, and they sleep better.  Priorities are in line.  I see them relax and enjoy work and life more.

Do any of these resonate with you?  I’d be happy to talk to you about your issues and how business coaching may be a benefit.

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