Why Executives Still Need Their Business SenseiTerohan Nula February 9, 2014 0 COMMENTS
Leaders in any industry normally have a coach or a mentor. An effective coach forces you to think of your business in ways you wouldn’t do on your own. Whether you have a corporation in NYC or a start-up in Sydney a business coach is the person you go to for an outlook at a point of crisis.
All of us receive coaching early in our careers, be it from your boss or father. As you become senior or start your own business, you become your own boss. You might have board members, but they only see you during meetings, not on a daily basis. Your board of directors serves as a useful sounding board, but they don’t have enough direct information to provide effective coaching.
So what should you do?
Own the Process of Getting Coaching
Whether you have a corporation or a start-up, business coaching or consulting remains essential. It is your responsibility. You should be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses. This requires you to seek feedback on your leadership style and key decisions.
Seek Feedback from Your Business Sensei and Staff
The first step to improving sales is talking directly to your business coach and staff to know what struggles your business is facing. You’ll know what you need to work on and how to improve it. Your subordinates will also be impressed that you still get coaching and listen to what they say.
Focus on Improving More than One Area
Motivation and preparation are important, but the bottom line is that you need to develop the skills necessary for success. Getting coaching is more than just learning a particular skill set; it’s a multidimensional approach with a broader focus. Also, don’t obsess over finding a coach from your own sector; sometimes the best coaches know nothing about your industry.
Executives still need coaching just like everyone else. Your actions are highly consequential to your business. The key difference between a mediocre and successful executive is the ability to proactively get coaching. To be successful, you must continue to learn, improve and adapt.