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Business coaching is often talked about as supporting you to achieve your business goals and objectives, but this is only one aspect of business coaching. Business coaching can support you to expand and grow your business, to develop and implement your business strategy and plans, to increase profitability and much more. But business coaching can also support you to maximise your own personal performance at work or in your business and often this is a precursor to your business success. These two different aspects of business coaching are very interlinked as whether your business succeeds and meets its goals and objectives is very much down to how you are performing in your role.
Here are some examples of areas of personal performance that coaching can support you with, as well as some links to
articles with tips and ideas for improving your personal performance in these areas:
Decision making Decision making is a critical part of running and working in a business. There are many types of business decisions that need to be made at all levels of a business ranging from short term operational decisions to the longer term strategic decisions that will impact the future of the company. Coaching can support you with making business decisions, in thinking about how you make your decisions and in making the most appropriate decisions for the business. You may want to read our article: How Is Your Decision Making?
Time management and keeping focused Effective time management and keeping focused on your business goals and objectives are key to a successful business at all levels in your organisation. Coaching can support you to improve your time management, to stop procrastinating, to delegate and outsource, to keep focused and to prioritise your strategy, plans and workload. Here are some articles for you to read: Are You Wasting Time At Work Or In Your Business?, Who Is Managing Your Time? and Keeping Focused
Stress management How you handle stress at work or in your business has a big impact on the success of your business and whether you meet your business goals. Coaching can support you to handle stress positively at work, support you through a stressful period or help you to deal with a stressful situation. For some tips and ideas in this area read: Stress Management Tips, How To Deal With A Stressful Situation? and our ebook 50 Stress Management Tips for business owners, directors, managers & professionals
Resilience Resilience can be defined as your ability to recover quickly and positively from setbacks, adapt well to change and keep going in the face of adversity. Research has shown that a person's level of resilience is a key determining factor in both personal and business success. It also determines how you react and behave when faced with stressful situations and periods of significant change. Coaching can support you to become more resilient and help you challenging periods and work so you are more able to cope with them in the future. An article to read is: How Resilient Are You?
Thinking The way you think can cause you to make inaccurate assessments of your experiences, to get the wrong end of the stick, to jump to conclusions, to think the worst, to distort the facts and it can get in the way of your decision making and the achievement of your business and personal goals. Coaching can support you with your thinking, it can help you understand how your thinking is impacting your performance and it can give you space to think about your business strategy and the big business challenges you face. For more about thinking read: Considering The Way You Think
Communication and relationships By improving your relationships and your communication with others at work or in your business whether this be with colleagues, staff, shareholders, suppliers or customers you will have more chance of being successful in your role and in helping to make your company more successful. Coaching can help you to improve your relationships by increasing your awareness of others, by understanding the impact you have on others and by improving your communication skills. Here are some articles to read in this area: How To Improve Your Business Relationships, Dealing With Difficult People and Are You Really Listening At Work Or In Your Business?
Keeping things in perspective If you can keep things in perspective you will increase the chance of your business succeeding. Coaching can help you to keep things in perspective, step back from the day to day and consider the bigger picture, to think rationally and to look for the learning in each situation so you can maximise your chance of business success. For more information and tips read: Keeping Things In Perspective
Confidence If you have low self confidence you may avoid taking risks and stretching yourself and therefore will struggle to achieve your business goals. Coaching can help you to build your confidence at work by providing reassurance, helping you make more effective decisions and developing your business knowledge and experience. You may want to read our article: How Confident Are You?
Mind management How does your state of mind impact your performance at work or in your business? If you are in a poor state of mind you will find that your performance suffers which will have a knock on effect on the business, whereas when you are in a good state of mind your performance will be much better and your business will thrive. Coaching can support you to consider how your mind impacts your performance and how you can improve your state of mind and your attitude for business success. Maybe you would like to read: Mind Management Tips For Better Performance At Work
Values Your values describe what is important to you in the way you live your life. They give meaning to your life, are the foundation for your beliefs, they influence your decisions, actions and behaviour and impact the life you choose to lead. Where your values are aligned with your work or business you will find that they support and energise your work and enable you to achieve your business goals and objectives. Coaching can support you to explore your values and how they may be impacting your work and business success. To explore this further read: How Do Your Values Impact You At Work Or In Your Business
There are many other areas of personal performance that coaching can support you with such as work/life balance,
reassurance, being more productive, seeing things from different perspectives, being more creative, emotional intelligence,
delegation, managing and leading your team, motivation and discussing and exploring options.
Author: Liz Makin
Published: December 2015
Makin It Happen has a range of personal development online courses to purchase, created by Liz Makin, including anxiety management, communication, resilience, soft skills, stress management, time management and coaching. Liz Makin also provides personalised business coaching, business mentoring and stress management services to business owners, directors, managers and professionals.
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