It may surprise you to know that many of my clients are coaches themselves. Anybody can benefit from the additional insight and reflection coaching brings, even qualified and experienced coaches!
One client, in particular, had recently reached a bottleneck in his self-employed coaching career, mostly because without realising it, he had been putting off all the tasks he didn’t like. (Perhaps you can imagine how easy this is to do if you are in charge of everything in a business!)
While self-employed people have the benefit of being their own boss, this can be a double-edged sword in that they are also responsible for each and every aspect of their business. Even if you have set up a company doing something you love, there will be aspects about it that you won’t enjoy, such as chasing payments, marketing or networking. As my client experienced first-hand, it is all too easy to let these aspects slide, as you concentrate on those you do enjoy.
If all this sounds familiar to you, one of the best ways to clear the bottleneck and plan your future strategy is to develop strong self-awareness about what you enjoy, and what you’re best at. Do you prefer setting goals and enabling others to achieve them (a leader), do you enjoy overseeing operations (a manager) or do you feel a buzz from ticking an array of completed tasks on your ‘to-do’ list (a do-er)?
It is important to note that no skill is better than others. Analysing your particular capabilities and the things you find enjoyable is all about employing a rounded skill set in your business that ensures sustainable growth. For example, if you’re a do-er, working with a coach can help you set strategic goals for your business. If you’re more of a leader, you may need to outsource some day-to-day operational tasks.
I’m a big fan of working through issues on paper, and I regularly ask my clients to visually compartmentalise tasks by drawing a series of simple boxes. This works particularly well for ‘problem’ issues such as time management, when it’s amazing how clear priorities can suddenly become once you see them in black and white!
If you feel your business could do with some shaking up, why not try the exercise for yourself? If you need any further assistance, I would be very happy to hear from you.