Keeping Up With Your Company's Success
by Mallary Tytel, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Today's entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders face an extraordinary challenge. To compete within the current business landscape you must manage complexity, simultaneously wear multiple hats and be the master of numerous business disciplines. At the same time, you have to maintain clarity of vision, think strategically, stay focused and productive, and remain excited about your work. No problem: this is what you dreamed of, what catapults you out of bed in the morning, and keeps your blood pumping.

Congratulations! Your business is a success. So, how are you doing at keeping up with your company's success?

The more the world around us is in flux, the more we must be certain about what matters in our lives: how we spend our time, who we are connected to and where we are going. In this radically changing work environment new habits, skills, and capacity are required. As a business leader you need to constantly condition, motivate, and refresh you work style and behavior. You need to be prepared for what's next, especially when you don't know what's next.

Sometimes we could all use some help. Have you considered an Executive Coach?

Through an evolving process over the last forty years, the professional field of corporate coaching was born, promoting continuous resilience and performance. A coach can help you examine your work, decide what you want to learn, and make the changes you want to make. It is no surprise, then, that entrepreneurs and small-to-medium size business owners and leaders are among the many individuals who are turning to coaching as a way of getting and keeping on track.

A coach is a senior-level trusted adviser, steward, guide, or partner, who works with you to tap new energy and purpose, shape new visions and plans, and to generate desired results. Mentoring is the model for coaching, and has been used to describe someone who has the inner competence to pass on knowledge and skills through example, experience, expertise, and dialogue. Coaches are trained and devoted to guiding others and facilitating learning and growth through assessment, support, feedback and challenge.

The coaching partnership may begin when someone is faced with a dilemma and feels stymied. Coaching is about helping leaders get unstuck and assisting them to transfer their learning into results for their company. It provides a venue for sorting out the myriad of issues that arise when starting or maintaining a business. It also helps strengthen an individual's ability to see their personal and professional patterns, create short and long terms goals, and raise the level of physical, emotional and mental self care. This is critical because you come first!

There are four essential components to effective coaching:

The first is having a results orientation to your problem. To lose sight of outcomes is to waste time, energy and money.

The second is partnership. The coach becomes your partner in the journey toward greater competence and effectiveness, unbraiding and laying out the many factors, forces, and dilemmas you face.

The third is the ability to engage you in the specific challenges you face. This helps you explore what pulls you off course and what you typically avoid. This is often difficult; sometimes we may be our own worst enemy in a problem situation.

Fourth, the coach links behaviors to the bottom-line goals, and points out the need to set specific expectations of yourself and those around you in order to achieve results.

Coaching can help you make more effective decisions, enhance relationships, improve communication, maintain accountability, increase enthusiasm for work, and gain greater personal and professional fulfillment and satisfaction. A coach will ask powerful, tough questions, yet provide you with unconditional encouragement, hold you accountable to your agreements, and always tell you the truth. A coach will maintain a picture of you at your best and mirror that back to you, helping you access your own inner wisdom and answers. Within the coaching relationship your development is the first and only priority.

Finally, coaching is for people who mean Business. If you are ready to shift course and make the leap to a higher level of functioning, with more balance in you life, and an eye towards designing your future, coaching may be the difference that makes a difference in maintaining your success.

Mallary Tytel, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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