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Why coaching isn’t just for professional sports people to reach the next level

by jcp

Jamie Goral is an award-winning London business coach, with an extensive career in finance. He started out specialising in small to medium enterprises, quickly finding out that systemising the finance department would free him up to help the CEO in other areas of business. By the end of his employed career, he was leading change across each department, helping to transform a £6million loss business into a £1.5million profit within just six years.

It’s common knowledge that professional sports people credit their coaches with a huge part of their success. However, many of the most successful business owners also use coaching to reach the next level – leaders need someone to turn to for support too. For business owners, having a coach can unlock the same gains that a professional sportsman makes when backed by a coach.

Investing some of your precious time into a professional relationship with a business coach doesn’t just include professional goals anymore – it helps boost positivity and improves wellbeing across every aspect of life. I prefer the title ‘accountability partner’. As we hold business owners accountable for their actions, impacting various parts of their lives, we move away from the general term of business coach. It’s much more than that nowadays.

The five key reasons why business coaching is so valuable to business owners:

  1. Thinking critically and creatively. When you’re busy in the day-to-day operations of business, you’ll often grow complacent with what’s happening in the wider environment. A business coach will ask you thought-provoking questions, encouraging you to assess your actions as if you were an observer. You’ll be able to see things from a completely different perspective, which in turn will initiate innovation and inspiration.
  2. Leading strategically. Although you might like to think it, you’re not superhuman, meaning you can’t cram more hours into the day than actually exist! Instead, a business coach will help identify which aspects require more focus from yourself, and which can be delegated to team members. The art of delegation is key to business growth.
  3. Learning when to take risks. With your business acumen challenged, you’ll learn which decisions might be reckless, and ones that will be worth taking the risk for. A business coach isn’t superhuman either – we don’t have the ability to see into the future – but they can help identify whether you have assessed a potentially risky move from all angles and support in taking the most appropriate course of action.
  4. A confidence boost. Confidence is not an innate characteristic and can be learned. Business coaches will help to identify your own skills and strengths (and weaknesses), as well as enabling you to develop strategies to navigate through tough times.
  5. Being held accountable. This is possibly the biggest benefit of working with a business coach. Whether you like to hear it or not, they will always tell you the truth, as it will be for the greater good of your company. They will always have your best interests at heart as, after all, your success is their success.

Coaching, in any form, is a process that significantly enhances people’s achievements. Business coaching helps entrepreneurs break through barriers that might be holding them back. Just like in sports, our coaching focuses on the actions necessary to achieve your goals.

Why not contact me to find out more.

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