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4 Reasons You Should Use a Business Coach to Get Results

Business coaching is a modern day concept. Many businesses, especially those that think outside the box, are recognizing that having a business coach is a powerful tool that your business can take advantage of. Let’s look at 4 reasons you should use a business coach.

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Will Your Business Benefit from a Business Coach?

The economy goes up and down. Right now, it’s difficult to predict next months results, let alone next years. Managing your costs is important to your growth and survival, and when the economy is performing sporadically, it is even more of a challenge. Experts say that 58% of companies have a shortfall in leadersand many companies are actually cutting their development budget as part of their cost cutting measures.

Before you make that cut, you might want to think long and hard about whether that’s the right choice for your business. When you take development away from the executives, it can be detrimental. Leading is actually special skill. A key leader can find a business coach a very helpful tool to navigate through the storm and continue to grow and prosper.

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Mars 2117, now that's what we call a bhag!

We encourage our clients to have a clear vision of the future that can be articulated clearly for all their teams to align around. After all as Jim Collins wrote, getting things done in business is 1% strategy and 99% alignment. 

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Four Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Leadership Skills

 The transition from employee to business owner is a liberating one filled with freedom and excitement. However, it can also be a difficult one. Shifting from a single area of expertise to working and leading across many disciplines often falls outside the comfort zone for many.

In the early stages, you cope – yes, there’s a lot to do but fuelled by passion, you’re happy to work harder than you have ever done before and the learning will be hard but deeply satisfying.

But what happens when you start to scale up? What happens when the sheer volume of work becomes too much and you become responsible for a team?

This is where good leadership (and delegation) skills are invaluable and you move from being a business owner to a business leader. I have helped many clients develop the skill set required for this process and often a mental shift is required for this to be successful. Here are some of the most important tips to help you develop into a great leader.

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4 Questions To Ask When Planning For 2017

Strategising For Success

Business strategy and planning – it’s often difficult to find the time to remove ourselves from the business and start planning for the future. In today’s world, where we’re connected 24/7, distractions and ‘urgent’ work often reclaim our thinking time. But a one-day strategy session will make you feel more in control and ensure you don’t miss out on valuable opportunities. As 2016 draws to an end, here are four review questions to focus on which will help the planning process.  

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How to Successfully Implement Change in your Business

Five ways to ensure a smooth transition

This article was first featured in CPI Financial January 12th 2017. Read it here

When the nature of a business evolves or the structure needs amending, significant changes can be felt by all employees. It is never easy to manage a business at the best of times, but when change is thrown into the mix, your managerial leadership skills really come into play.  A Danish study of over 92,000 employees across more than 1,500 companies concluded that organisation change results in increased stress-related illnesses for employees. Companies that manage change effectively are 3.5 times more likely to outperform their competitors financially, with their employee satisfaction higher than those who do not implement changes correctly.

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How to inspire teamwork for a successful 2017

The importance of bringing a team together to work hand-in-hand with each other is something that is often talked about but rarely implemented. Strong leadership is one of the elements that will ensure a team stays together and continues to be efficient. By developing good leadership skills, you will avoid issues such as high staff turnover, micromanagement, conflict in the workplace, and low productivity. As a result, your actions and behaviour determine your team’s success. Here are five ways to inspire your team in 2017.

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