Unlike traditional business consultants, business coaches don’t fix problems for their clients and then go away. Instead, a business coach helps guide business owners into determining their own solutions to their problems. The coach guides the client in putting strategic plans in place which will solve the problems or capitalize on new opportunities. The coach facilitates creative and strategic brainstorming. The coach then helps to facilitate the creation of tactical “action steps” that the client or client company will take to implement the strategy. Once the action steps are committed to, a good coach provides a structured environment where the client is accountable to him or herself for executing the plans.
A business coach is very much like a coach you may have had in sports, music, or the arts. If you’ve had a coach before, you know what a coach does. Coaches encourage, challenge and teach. They also provide structure and accountability to the people they coach. Coaches reinforce positive advancement and bring people back to the fundamentals when needed. They push the people they coach to reach their full potential. Coaches can give a hug or give a kick and they know when to do which! A good coach leads by example and is inspiring to those around him/her. Yes, a coach is a role model.
Business coaching is absolutely an art and a science. Professional business coaches have to know themselves, know other people, and they must know business! Much of what a business coach does comes naturally, but there are also many important techniques and skills they need to master in order to provide excellence to their clients.
Business coaching is a booming industry for one simple reason: Professional business coaching works.
Heike Heemann, LinkedIn and career coach, brings over 20 years of business experience to her blog.