Running a Business is Hard.
Just like in life, a business has its easy times and its hard times. After a 3 year good run with my landscaping company, I found out that my manager, with whom I had a very good relationship, was stealing from me. This obviously hurt on a personal and professional level. Emotions aside, the company had to move forward. I was in distress and needed help.
During this time period, I reached out to a business coach, Phillip Ashcroft. Phillip not only helped me work my way through this very difficult problem, but he also taught me invaluable lessons about myself, people, and business. I can genuinely say Phillip has been a pleasure to work with and has been an invaluable member of my team when I needed him the most.
This is the second time I have hired a coach in my business career. Honestly, I only wish I had done it more often. Coaching has taught me a lot about emotional intelligence, my own strengths and weaknesses, and has made me better at managing the different personalities in my business. Working with Philip, myself, and other key employees ran our DiSC profiles, which really gave me deep insight into how different personalities work together.- Justin Woodford, Ready Business Systems
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the wonderful calls and meetings with you when I was at WatrHub. You shaped so much of how I show up to work and lead my team, and I want to express my gratitude. I will always remember, “What is bloody obvious to you is not bloody obvious to everyone else.” It has become my mantra.- Sahil Chaini - Senior Client Success Manager & Team Lead, PathFactory
About PBC and Bernhard Heine...
- John Gleason - MetroWest Managing Director, Supporting Strategies MetroWest
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Having a one-on-one relationship with a mentor who holds you accountable is key. I couldn't have been matched up with a better mentor than Bernie! He is not only extremely knowledgeable and committed to his craft, he knows what questions to ask and how to help a mentee get the most out of themselves. He understands the importance of using today's cutting-edge technology/social media and incorporating into his daily routine. He has been willing to share his successes/failures and how to make the most of each. I have learned how to look at my business through a different lens and to be more focused on the activities that drive my business. Thank you, Bernie!!!- Mike Mulligan - Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Bernie has a great combination of insight, experience, and disarming character that has helped me attend to our business challenges - and opportunities - over the past few years. He's has contributed mightily to our success.
- Geoff Gordon - Owner/President, Gordon Atlantic Insurance
Professional Business Coaches has been an enormous help with the exit strategy and sale of my first company. They now are helping me with the new real estate company I am working on. They help me make sure it to will provide me with years of wealth and then be able to be sold! Thanks Phil, Bernie, and Paul you all have helped me more than I could ever have imagined.
- Shawn Moloney - Owner/Broker, Movementum Realty LLC
Bernie has been my business coach for one year, and I plan to continue working with him. I meet with Bernie twice a month for about 2 hours each visit, and I work on projects/assignments between each meeting. Bernie is an amazing coach! I highly recommend his services. Instead of telling me what to do, Bernie listens and then expertly guides me to finding solutions to the challenges I'm facing with my business and personal effectiveness. With Bernie's guidance I've learned to work "on" my business and not "in" my business. He's taught me valuable time management skills, and I am now able to focus most of my attention on business system development, marketing, and sales. I am now working smarter and making more money. Bernie has helped me make important positive changes in my life over this past year.- David Ames - Owner/Director, My Gym Children's Fitness Center of Norwell, MA
We have seen a significant increase in sales since our sales staff has been using the techniques that were learned in your Client Builder Sales and Marketing course!- Daron Snyder - Director of Operations - RoomScapes Luxury Design Center
As the owner of a painting company, I sometimes feel overwhelmed because I am responsible for all of the tasks that enable my business to grow and thrive. Most challenging of all is to prioritize these tasks. When I met Bernie, he told me I could do everything necessary to run my business efficiently and still have time to enjoy life! I was skeptical until I took his Business Effectiveness Series. The coaching series covered topics from mission/vision statements, leadership, sales/marketing, company values/goals, customer service, human resources, understanding financial information, and more. The series taught me how to create and manage systems to work on my company. With Bernie as my business coach, I am no longer alone - Thank you Bernie!- Jennifer McSharry - co-owner, Kurt Dwyer Painting
The PBC's Business Effectiveness Series has helped me run all aspects of my business, you learn to be smart with your time and become much more effective and productive. I have taken many business classes but none that has covered so much and has been as thorough to help me with my business.- Laurie Malcolmson - Owner, The Traveling CFO
Taking the business effectiveness class with Bernie has truly changed my business life and has strongly effected even my personal life. I have studied business operations and project management before and have been a manager for a long time, but the insights I gained through Bernie's class were more far reaching. The class made things click together in a clearer way, because it combines the individual coaching with the business fundamentals to get you both on a personal and intellectual level. Bernie is a superior business consultant to begin with, due to his vast background knowledge in strategic planning and executive management, but his ability to connect on a personal level provides the extra leverage which really made it work for me. This class was probably the best investment I ever made and I plan to continue working with Bernie as I put these things to work in a new business endeavor that I am just starting.- Martin Plass - General Manager, CFV Solar Test Laboratory, Inc.
Bernie is a great strategy executive, among the most knowledgeable and hardworking strategic thinkers I've ever known. I benefitted in working with him, both professionally and personally.- Adam Singer - Manager, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Textron Inc.
Bernie Heine is an excellent strategic thinker with a proven track record for completing projects on-time, within budget and clearly defined financial results. He is team oriented, puts others success first and a pleasure to work with on a daily basis.- Trish Plonski - Director, Marketing & Sales, Textron Inc.
Textron's strategic process has always been very rigorous and demanding, and Bernie Heine - as a senior leader of that function - was well suited to the task. He demonstrated clear understanding of company needs and the creativity and knack for detail and process efficiency that led to an effective response to those needs. In addition to his technical capabilities, he has always been a pleasure to work with.- Karen Papa - Senior Vice President, Communications, Textron Financial
About Business Coaching...
Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them. Clients say coaching brings out their best by helping them focus, break down tasks and clarify their values.- Fortune Magazine
The benefits of coaching appear to win over the most cynical clients within just a few weeks.- Industry Week
I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable.- John Russell, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd.
In many firms, having a coach is seen as a badge of honor. And coaching now reaches into the highest levels: 43% of CEOs and 71% of the senior executive team had worked with a coach. And 63% of organizations say they plan to increase their use of coaching over the next five years. Most telling, 92% of leaders being coached say they plan to use a coach again.- Fast Company