Do I Need Business Coach or ADHD Coach for Business?
Posted on August 15, 2011 by Cameron Gott
Wonder what kind of coach you need to move your business forward? It's really a matter of getting clear on a couple simple facts.
It’s not uncommon for someone to need support professionally whether they are starting a business, growing their business or hoping to strike a sustainable work/life balance. So in choosing a coach to help with work and especially running a business a professional with ADHD needs to consider the question:
Do I hire a business coach or hire an ADHD coach who specializes in business?
An ADHD Coach for Business is different from a traditional business coach. This is a frequent topic of discussion with potential clients. I feel it’s as simple as getting clear on the what, how and when.
Get a business coach if you need clarity on what you are creating and if you need support in Business 101 topics such as developing effective business and marketing plans. Often you pay a business coach for his business expertise and ‘proven system to deliver the results you want’. The focus (and the challenge) is centered around business issues and developing a winning approach based on popular positive psychology – “winning attitude”, etc.
Get an ADHD coach if you have the what of business dialed in but struggle with the how and when. My ideal business clients are successful business owners who know what they want but struggle with when and how they go about doing it. Their success is real but often comes at a great cost in time, energy and resources. They often come to coaching with their fuel tank on empty, exhausted from the multiple demands in running a business. Sustained professional success demands a skill set in timing and execution – choosing and engaging the best (or near best) actions to some completion point (a place to hand off or set down the task) at the best (or near best) time. ADHD disrupts this process having the individual engage too long – “Why wont he stop talking!” or engage too short or not at all – “He said he’d have the proposal delivered today! Where is it? Where is he?!”
An ADHD coach helps business owners tackle the Quad II items.
An ADHD coach’s focus is centered more around the client helping them understand the gap areas related to ADHD challenges – time and resource estimation, prioritization and execution. The winning approach here is based in proven techniques to overcome the executive function challenges unique to ADHD. Prioritizing and executing the important Quad II items (finances, compliance actions, building customer relationships, supporting staff professional development) is a challenge often beset by overwhelm. The business owner faced with a plethora of Quad I tasks, distracted by Quad III tasks will struggle to get traction in the Quad II quadrant items. An ADHD coach will help a business owner access the key Quadrant II items to move their agenda forward.
Getting an ADHD coach who specializes in business will help you get clear on the impact of the ADHD, make a plan to ‘work around’ and get thing done. If you know what you want but struggle with getting it done, get an ADHD coach.
Cameron Gott PCC
The ADHD Coach for Professionals