08 Jul 2010

5
Over the past 18 years, as a business coach and owner of a business coaching franchise system, one of the recurring questions I have been asked (as well as my certified business coaches throughout North America) by small business owners and professionals is, "Can I benefit from business coaching?" Since our coaching system has already served tens of thousands of clients, I can say withou...

05 Jul 2010

5
During the last 90 days or so, I have been spending lots of quality time with my son playing baseball and tennis, to name a few activities.  I have also faithfully taken my wife out on a date once a week.  However, my 15-year old daughter has been quite busy with her select volleyball team and also going out a lot with her friends.  In my heart, I knew I needed to spend more time with he...

01 Jul 2010

5
What is your most effective and cost efficient way to earn new clients/customers? Odds are your answer was REFERRALS. For The Growth Coach franchise system, for example, the #1 source of business coaching clients throughout North America is from referrals…referrals from current coaching clients, prospects, and referral sources like CPAs, bankers, attorneys, financial planners, etc. For m...

28 Jun 2010

5
There are many good reasons for starting your own business: pursue your passion, serve others, make a difference, create something new and better, prove others wrong, control your destiny, determine your income level, be your own boss, test yourself, and on and on. However, let’s not forget a major reason … to one day sell your business for a fortune. That's how substantial wealth is cre...

24 Jun 2010

5
The older I get, the more I enjoy watching baseball at all levels…youth, college, and professional.  Not sure why that is.  Maybe I simply appreciate the nuances and the difficulty of the game more, or that it demands both team and individual performances, or that it’s a slower-paced game allowing players to face mental demons and coaches to strategize.  Additionally, this wonderful spor...

21 Jun 2010

5
Business owner, what business are you in?  What did you say?  Did you respond by saying the industry or technical nature of your business?  Or did you respond by the type of work you do?  For example, if you own a painting business, did you automatically respond with “painting” or “painter”?  If so, that’s limited and technical thinking.  As such, you may well be limiting the growth and ...

17 Jun 2010

5
Sarah Needleman, small business reporter and columnist at The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), did a fantastic job with a very relevant and meaningful topic for small business owners … how to pick your second-in-command. Every small business owner at one time or another has felt overworked, overwhelmed and like a prisoner to their business.  Most owners eventually hit a wall but only the wise ...

14 Jun 2010

5
The Growth Coach, a North American business coaching franchise system (www.TheGrowthCoach.com), serves several thousand small business owners and professionals each and every year.  Very often, before these entrepreneurs get proper coaching help, they struggle with feeling overworked, overwhelmed and like prisoners to their business. Instead of running the business, the business runs the...

10 Jun 2010

5
It’s no secret, most business owners at one time or another feel like a prisoner to their business, employees and customers. Their business and life feel out of their control.  They feel trapped.  But what are the common causes of such business owner bondage?  How do the chains get tighter and tighter? Based on the thousands of business owners, managers, and professionals The Growth Coa...

07 Jun 2010

5
Business owner, as your virtual business coach, I formally give you permission to stop doing tasks you dislike doing... and probably stink at doing. Most people wouldn't think this was necessary but both of us know better.  Entrepreneurs around the world are caught in a vicious, habitual cycle of doing tasks and roles they dislike and that annoy them, frustrate them, and drain the...

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