An ActionCOACH as Your Business Mentor
Both business mentors and Business Coaches are great options if you’re looking for business help. While a coach can certainly become a mentor, when you really think about it, they can serve very different purposes, if you don't find the right person. If you do find the right mentor, they will naturally be your coach as well, serving dual purposes.
A Business Coach teaches clients how to focus on the results of the job, learning about themselves along the way. The time spent coaching is usually a matter of months rather than days. The coach and client explore the problems together and develop opportunities for the learner to try out their newly developed skills. A Business Coach teaches the client how to handle challenges and eventualities that always seem to pop up.
On the other hand, a business mentor focuses on the individual learner and their development over the course of their career or life. A business mentor is often a friend that is willing to play the part of an sounding board, hopefully challenging the learner to widen their view of both the world and their business, but their focus is on the individual, not the results in the business.
As the world moves faster and gets more competitive, it is difficult to keep up with both the changes in your industry and, the innovations in sales, marketing and management strategies as well. Having a mentor who is also a coach can help with all these changes. Most importantly, a mentor who is also a coach not only has your best interests at heart, but also knows how to craft a plan to achieve what you want most, whether it is money, time or freedom.
The importance of having that person you can lean on is evident. It is difficult to get a truly objective answer from yourself. To paraphrase the famous saying, you may not be able to see the forest for the trees on your own. But both a Business Coach and a business mentor will provide valuable insight, help you develop long-term and short term goals and strategies, as well as improve your business in areas that you might have overlooked.
When you build a relationship with a strong Business Coach, like the coaches in the ActionCOACH system, you will have the best of both worlds.
As a Business Coach, they are certified and knowledgeable about any and all eventualities that are sure to pop up in your business. But as a business mentor, they will be your confidant, your stability when things get rocky and the most important friend your business has ever had.
So what are some ways that your Business Coach, or your business mentor can help you? They will make you focus on the game and your long-term strategies, they will tell it like it is, they will give you small pointers based on years of experience, they will listen, they will help you develop long-term plans that will allow your business to function more efficiently and make more profit.