Category: business coaching

How to identify your biggest business improvement opportunities

It’s all too tempting to think that the biggest opportunity for improving your business is to get more customers. It might be the right decision – but not necessarily. So how do you know? Take the example of a general car repair garage which…

Why 4 Week Planning is Worth the Time

Nearly everyone is guilty of at least one of two time-management pitfalls: Under-estimating how long it will take to complete a task. Over-estimating how much time you have. I count myself amongst the many. Symptoms include a ‘to-do-list’ with the same tasks appearing week…

Why marketing might not be the right answer

It’s all too tempting to think that the biggest opportunity for improving your business is to get more customers. It might be the right decision – but not necessarily. So how do you know? Let’s take an example. Your business is a general car…

7 Ways To Make Your Business Plan Work

There are traditionally two reasons why you would want to write a business plan: The first, to satisfy potential investors or future business partners that you have a well thought out proposition The second, to create a roadmap to achieve that success. While the…

The power of what you don’t know

Last week I was a coach on a Global Business Partnering programme with a group of senior finance people. How is that relevant, you’re wondering? What struck me most, and it’s not exclusive to this organisation at all, is that the higher up the…

5 Ways To Change Your Business

What would you change, if you could, in your business? I hear the same themes voiced by the owners of growing SMEs – and not just in certain sectors. Broadly they sound like this: How do we get our staff to feel the same…

Know your vital signs

We may not normally think of vital signs when reviewing and planning our business but what if we did? What would we notice and would it be useful? Here are a few for each of the key business areas. Do any of these ring true…

How to scale up when your business is just you!

This has got to be one of the most commonplace challenges for small businesses. Their favourite and best clients use them because they trust them – the person behind the business.  However, in order to grow – or to even take a short holiday…