I’ve been listening to you, and your responses to my tweets, posts, blogs, and newsletters tell me that you found the following 5 coaching pieces most inspiring and useful in your business endeavors.
Apply these 5 Business Insights to grow your business into the future.
1. Share Your Vision: Wealth creation is an act in 2 parts. First, you have to create a vision of your business in mind. However, just thinking about it is not enough. You have to share your thoughts, your Vision, and your rationale with EVERYONE in order to bring it to life. Second, you have to put your strategies into action. Sharing was the theme of my September newsletter.
2. Engage Your Employees: You can’t buy engagement any more than you can make people have friends or like you as their boss. Studies show that people are generally motivated by 3 things: 1) ownership of our own mission in life, 2) being a part of something meaningful, and 3) having the chance to grow our skills and expertise.
As a business leader, there are many things you can do to better engage your employees. Attached to the PBC November newsletter was a white paper packed with actions and employee systems’ changes for a more engaged workforce. They are not easy and they are not one-off initiatives. Nevertheless, they are serious suggestions for the practical business leader who wants to take their enterprise to the next level of success. And, why should you care? Business financial success, employee retention, and customer satisfaction are all highly correlated with employee engagement. IT REALLY MATTERS.
3. It all Starts with Happiness: We talked about this common sense insight in December. Many people think that, ‘once I achieve success (money), happiness will surely follow.’ However, according to Shawn Achor in ‘The Happiness Advantage’ the opposite is true. People who cultivate a positive, optimistic outlook, feel happier and dramatically increase their chances of being successful in business and life generally. There are many techniques in this excellent book that you can put into practice, guided by your coach, to be proactive in taking the happiness advantage. PBC uses the much proven ‘Be-Do-Have’ approach when coaching business leaders. Being who you
want to be is a decision, not an outcome.
4. Develop a Coaching Culture: The July PBC newsletter struck a big chord with many ofyou. The businesses that create the most wealth are those that grow and learn together as team. Developing a coaching culture is the foundation of this success. However, it isn’t just an inspiring insight, because we practice 12 Coaching Core Competencies, helping you to implement them in your business and your life today. Coaching is not just for the licensed professional. Everyone can benefit from applying the methods. Coaching is the process of guiding people to improved performance. Parents need to coach children. Supervisors need to coach their staff. Managers need to coach their teams, and entrepreneurs need to coach their closest people.
5. Generate Simple Ideas and Solutions: The special challenges, of those February Massachusetts storms (remember those?) called for special solutions, but in business, it is the chronic problems and everyday frustrations that call for coaching and cooperation. Enterprises need an objective expert on their side and a systematic approach to generating ideas and solutions to everyday problems. Your coach can remind you of the importance of details and even sometimes the simple connections that make a profound difference. Remember this rhyme, where small things can have big consequences?
For Want of a Nail
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For want of a rider, the message was lost.
For want of a message, the battle was lost.
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Have a happy and successful year and make your first resolution to join us at PBC. Learn from our experience and expertise. Share your insights with your business peers. Let’s make the simple connections that can make all the difference. Give me a call for a free consultation.
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This originally appeared in my January 2014 Newsletter.