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Is a business coach for you?
Posted February 20th, 2009 by Carroll King Schuller
Some people are uncertain if they need a business coach. After all, if you can’t get ahead in business on your own, isn’t that a sign that you aren’t meant to succeed? Experienced business people know better—asking for assistance is always a smart business move.
Working with a business coach can be challenging at times. You must make a commitment to yourself to keep an open mind in order to get the most out of your sessions.
You must be prepared to listen to what someone has to say about your business and your life in general. A business coach will make suggestions on how you can change your life, and if you aren’t open to hearing any sort of criticism, you will spend more time arguing with your business coach and not enough time discussing how to work on your weaknesses.
Likewise, a business coach may make suggestions that you simply don’t like. However, these suggestions may be the best advice you could get on a topic. If you’re not willing to at least consider them, you are wasting both your time and your business coach’s time.
Be ready to listen to everything your business coach suggests, even if it’s something you initially think is not a good idea. You may be surprised to realize that something you at first thought was horrible is actually the best solution.
One of the biggest parts of working with a business coach, especially at first, is learning about your weaknesses and areas in which you need to improve. While no one likes to hear that they’re doing something the wrong way, you can’t get back on track in the business world without learning what you need to change.
Keep an open mind and be honest with yourself and your business coach, and you might see your career—and your life—turn around faster than you ever thought possible.