Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with clients whose coaching & advisory topics have all had a common theme: scaling problems.
Each of these clients presented unique issues, but each one presented with an issue common when working to grow a business or advance a career.
· One client wanted to discuss building and maintaining company culture during periods of change and growth
· A second wanted help preparing for an important professional development milestone
· A third needed to discuss strategies for vendor management to help keep important growth initiatives on track
· A fourth discovered that it was time to refine and expand their “personal board of directors” to better support their future goals
The bottom line among all of these: What got you here isn’t necessarily what is going to get you to the next level in your business, in your career.
You’ve got to keep updating and upgrading your resources and your strategies to meet the growing demands of your business or career, which is why coaching and external advisory services can be so valuable.
First, we work to understand why this particular issue is rising to the surface.
For some clients, the reality on the ground was changing, and they needed to figure out how to respond. The goal was the same, but plans had to change as the result of some event.
For others, goals were changing, and they are in the process of re-evaluating values, strategies, and more. Clients weren’t getting the results they wanted from old strategies and inputs.
We discuss the impact that this topic is having, what the client’s goals are for the session, and then we go to work on reaching those goals.
In each of the above scenarios, the clients walked away, respectively, with:
· A better understanding of the company’s values and how they support and sustain a culture, and new ideas for how the leadership team can embody and foster those values through specific actions.
· Clarity and confidence for how to approach an important professional development milestone while keeping alignment between short-term and long-term goals.
· New perspective on a critical business matter specifically and vendor management broadly, as well as new areas of inquiry and discussion for the company’s senior leadership team.
· New perspective on the resources needed to support personal career goals, the identification of key limiting beliefs, and a strategy for overcoming them.
In business and in your career, you must adapt and evolve. The challenges will be different at every level. So, you have to be different at every level.
Change is constant, so what infrastructure are you building to help you stay ahead, overcome obstacles, and reach your goals?
For more, check out these two videos on coaching success stories.
About the Author:
Matt Beckmann is the Founder & Managing Director of Ascent Consultants. In addition to experience as a former Chief of Staff to the Missouri Auditor and as a Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, he has advanced training and certifications in law, business, and executive coaching. His blog content, inspired by his deep passion for unlocking his reader's best potential, consistently equips business owners and individuals with the knowledge and resources to overcome obstacles that may be hindering growth.
Ascent Consultants provides business and strategy consulting, executive and leadership coaching, and leadership assessments. By converting client growth goals into an actionable "game plan," we help companies and individuals unlock their full potential.