Reasons You are NOT Hiring a Coach?
Posted on August 30, 2019 by Brandi Kokos, One of Thousands of Business Coaches on Noomii.
Reasons You are NOT Hiring a Coach ~ (Should You Think Again?)
Coaching isn’t for everyone. It’s not a road for the faint of heart. But if you’re wondering about it, then here are the reasons why you might have never allowed the thought of having a Coach enter your mind.
Do you find yourself running from one place to another, dealing with business drama, observing lackadaisical results, watching customer satisfaction scores tank, and more…all while trying desperately to run your business?
The list could go on, but if any (or all) of the below apply to you and/or your business, then you don’t have an employee, quality problem or a customer service problem. You may just be stuck.
Most Business owners or Executives don’t need to work on their literal area of business expertise (although continuous learning is important), but what many fail to recognize is that business strategy, too, is a skill. The minute you became a leader or owner, everything shifted. At that moment, you didn’t just have to do the tasks you’ve always done; now you had to also lead people to do what they do best, every single day and be responsible for EVERY facet of the business.
If you believe that ‘time is money,’ then coaching should be taken seriously. If you think about some of the ridiculous ways you spend your time as an owner or leader, you’ll quickly see how time is indeed passing right by you—and costing your business money.
I. “I’m too Busy Running my Business”
No one is more productive than you—right? Time is money, and you’re definitely earning yours! And your hectic schedule shows just how hard you’re working to earn all those dollars. If this is you, then it may be time to realize that you’re mistaking your ‘busy-ness’ for productivity. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re busy doing the right things. A better question to ask is: What (and Who) is not getting your attention because you’re so…very…busy?
II. “I’m doing just fine.”
Could there be uncovered areas of severe pain points that are causing blind spots in the business around you? In reality, your influence may not be what you think although your intent is positive. You may not actually be living your intent. You may feel like you are accomplishing everything you’ve set out to do; your goals are crystal clear…in your own mind. Are they being executed by your teams or employees? Are they achieving results? How much time are you spending doing vs. thinking? And WHAT are you doing?
III. “It just costs too much.”
As noted, time is money. But your manic agenda or schedule isn’t profitable for the company either; nor is your lack of strategic focus. The better question is: How much money might you be losing because you just won’t take a risk? What opportunities for returns are being missed?
Your business sets prices for products and services, and there’s a lot of thought about what goes into your pricing formula(s). You set a fair price for the raw materials, the skill, the expertise, the time, the service, the knowledge and intellect, the design, and a litany of other considerations—and your price is what it is. The same is for coaches and consultants. “It just costs too much” is nothing but an excuse. (Translation: You make excuses, whether money or time or “I’m not the problem…”, etc. To talk yourself out of it, you make your case by using all kinds of negative stories around the Return on Investment of the Coaching process.)
Self Reflective Questions:
If I could control my time vs. it controlling me, what difference might that make to me and to those around me?
What might a strategic discipline teach me, and what difference might that make relative to desired outcomes for the business?
Might I be ‘successful’ in my own mind because I’m setting the bar too low?
What am I afraid of finding out if I work with a Coach?
What questions do I need to ask myself that I’m not asking?
What are my blind spots in my way and what are they costing me?
In what way might it be beneficial for me to challenge my own thinking?
What about this isn’t working well, and what can I do about it?
In short, Coaching is about achieving bottom-line results. It is about transformation and change. The process will take you into uncomfortable territory that will require you to modify some of your approaches, behaviors, etc. It will require you to think from different vantage points. It’s about action because simply put: Knowledge isn’t power; applied knowledge is power. The focus is to create a ‘Path of Progress’ for yourself that will allow you to achieve your business goals sooner vs later. It’s about increasing your own personal power (in the right way) to solve deep-seeded business issues and challenges that are under your influence.
If you are ready to provide yourself an enriching opportunity to learn and grow in areas that affect decision-making, innovation, leading change, strategic focus and clarity contact us today for a free, no obligation introductory session.
As one recent CEO shared with me as we began working together, “I do think highly of myself and all I’m doing. I think I’m already a really good person and we have strong results; I just thought Brandi might have some good insights for me because I believe in personal growth- and it has been AMAZING.”