044: Wondering if You Need a Business Coach? Hit Play.

With Lee Chaix McDonough

Running a business can be compared to riding a rollercoaster. One day you are productive and you know exactly what to do to move the needle in your business, the next day you’re lost and discouraged and left wondering if you should just throw in the towel in on the whole thing. 

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. 

And no matter what level you are at in your business or what juncture you find yourself on that roller coaster ride, at some point you will find yourself standing in one place thinking to yourself, “I am not sure what to do next.”

Hiring a business coach can help you find your way out of these kinds of ruts, and it can also help you to set goals, be accountable to someone other than yourself or your team, it can help you deal with overwhelm and it can also certainly lead you to develop new skills.

But knowing whether or not you need a coach, or if you are even ready to hire a business coach is a whole other question. That’s why my guest, best selling author and founder of Coach with Clarity, Lee Chaix McDonough, is here today to help you decide if coaching is right for you. In today’s episode Lee will help you to better understand the world of business coaching, she’ll walk you through how to know if you are ready for coaching, where to begin your search and what to look for in a business coach.

I’ll add this: Research by the International Coach Federation has found that, of small business owners who hired a business coach, 70% have seen increased work performance, 86% have seen a return on investment and an impressive 99% of entrepreneurs were happy that they made the decision to hire a business coach. So before you click away because you think this is just another business expense that you don’t want to add. You may want to listen in today because dodging a business coach could be costing you business growth.

So without further ado, let’s dive in to today’s episode.

In this episode, Lee talks about

  • How this psychotherapist made the leap to business coach.
  • Putting your uncertainly aside – why you need a business coach.
  • Defining businesses coaching – The Three Elements.
  • Questions to ask yourself to determine if you need a business coach.
  • How to create the magic container in scheduled coaching sessions and still allow for creative space.
  • What working with a coach looks like.
  • Three M’s: Meaning, Mindset, and Mindfulness.
  • Working around mindset, how we relate to our own internal experiences.
  • Why we tend to self sabotage and how to fight the natural instinct to play it safe.
  • Meaning – aligning your business with your values.
  • What you should look for in a business coach, where do you begin?
  • Coaching certification… is it necessary?
  • Coaching claims – the red flags to watch out for when you are looking for a coach.
  • Act on your Business- Braving the storms of entrepreneurship and creating success through meaning, mindset, and mindfulness.
  • How to get started.

Ask yourself how you are doing in terms of achieving your goals (do you know what they are?) and how it is going in the process of achieving them? How are you feeling about it? Taking a personal assessment of where you are at in your journey (without shame), and check in with yourself. If there is a disconnect, that might be a sign that checking into coaching is your next step.

Lee Chaix McDonough

I loved chatting with Lee. She is just so articulate and she really seems to get the process.

A business coach is someone who can prop YOU up, ask you intelligent and strategic questions to get you thinking about your own business and business goals in a new way. A good coach will challenge your self-defeating beliefs and give you the tools you need to push them aside so that you can stay focused on your priorities.

Hiring a business coach may be just the solution you need to start your business or to improve the one you already run. If you find yourself feeling stuck, a business coach can help you work through the processes in a systematic way to take your business wherever you want it to go. Yes it’s an investment, but maybe it will unearth new returns for you.

To check out any of the resources we mentioned today including how to get in touch with Lee, or to begin the search for your next business coach, please visit the show notes at kellylawson.ca/043. Remember, you can’t contain the sky, nor can you even get there if you’re too busy standing in your own way.

Until next week my friends. Bye for now.

Mentioned in this Podcast

International Coaching Federation

Book: Act on Your Business

Coach with Clarity Podcast

ICF Find a Coach

Connect with Lee





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