One of the reasons executives and business owners hire a coach is for accountability. I hear my clients comment that this is a huge value that they receive from our coaching relationship. But I need to be honest about something here; I cannot hold anyone accountable. Let me explain.
The marketplace today is vastly different than it was two years ago. In fact, it’s different than it was just six months ago. Some businesses are struggling while others are thriving – what makes the difference between an ordinary business and an extraordinary business? Between a business that thrives, no matter the shifts, and one that folds?
For most business owners and sales professionals, it boils down to 2 things: Mindset and Behaviors!
When a shift occurs in the marketplace, confusion usually follows. Consumers are confused, investors are confused, and businesses are confused. This confusion leads to fear. The most important thing for entrepreneurs and leaders at this time is to focus on the fundamentals.
A few years ago, I had the privilege of speaking to the Katy Young Professionals, a group of younger business leaders in the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Katy, Texas. I always enjoy speaking to young professionals groups! Our topic was “Failing Forward.”
One of the most common fears people experience is the fear of failure. Our mindset about failures can be a major game-changer in our business and our life.
Over 10 years ago I was inspired by the book of the same title, Failing Forward, by John C. Maxwell. In it John says:
“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”
I agree. People who don’t care about success and failure are not going to be high achievers. Neither are people who care “too much” because they will be paralyzed by the fear, thus unable to accomplish great achievements. How we view and respond to failure will determine our level of achievement.
In the past, I’ve given seminars and workshops to salespeople and business owners called, “How to Improve Your Selling Conversation.” Every business owner should be thinking about ways to improve their own sales effectiveness and the effectiveness of their employees. This seminar was also extremely beneficial to the veteran sales professionals present (based on their feedback.)
At the heart of direct sales is the conversation. We can increase our sales by simply improving the selling conversation. The best salespeople are always working to improve their sales effectiveness. I can’t share the entire seminar with you in this blog post but let me offer you 3 tips that will enable you to improve your selling conversation.
Recently I’ve spoken to several business owners who are literally prisoners to their businesses. Actually I see this on a regular basis but it seems like lately I’ve seen it more. The worst part is that THEY DON’T SEE IT! Let me encourage you to be honest with yourself today. It’s OK to admit that things are not perfect in your life and your business. I have to admit that to myself all the time, and I’m a business coach!
I’m a regular speaker at many of the outstanding Rotary groups here in the Houston area. I love Rotary because the men and women who make up this organization are leaders. So I’m speaking today on the topic of leadership.
As a business coach I work with executives and business owners to help them grow in their leadership. I help them find their role in the leadership of their business. But what is that role? It’s easy to simply say “leadership.” But what should a business owner be doing with his or her leadership? I want to give you 5 behaviors every business owner must do to be the leader their business needs.
I have to confess that when I first heard someone speak to me about “affirmations,” I did not take the concept seriously. My mind went back to old TV episodes of Saturday Night Live where they made jokes about this practice. However, I’ve come to realize that positive affirmations can be life-changing!