Coaching is a way of working designed to help a client(s) work out for themselves:
- The outcome(s) they want
- The opportunities and challenges they will have to address
- The strategies and plans that are right for them in their context.
- The resources they will need to obtain and deploy
Consulting drives towards similar ends, except that it takes on more of the burden of working through the options and recommending the solution(s) and strategies for the client. This can benefit clients who ‘just want the answer’, or who want the reassurance that their options have been thoroughly and independently assessed.
Coaching and consulting can complement each other: the intention in all coaching is to draw out and maximise the resourcefulness of the client(s). Consulting can be a useful and effective way of equipping a client with options and insights with which to leverage that resourcefulness to best effect.
Business coaching starts by looking at a business as an asset and helping the owners understand more clearly where it is in its evolution, what they want to achieve with it and by when, and how best they might do so in their unique context and with all other assets at their disposal.
The work itself will typically involve the use of selected business tools and frameworks to explain and apply key concepts, as well as personal and perhaps team coaching to develop relevant skills and behaviours that will facilitate and accelerate this.
Business coaching can include working with the owners individually or together, the leadership team and even the whole business in smaller companies. It might also involve connecting any of these groups with other experts and advisors if they need specialist help.
The Benefits for Business Owners & Leaders
Together, these different elements will help you step back, make sense of your experience, take better decisions and implement them more successfully.
Key to a business coaching approach is that you will be supported to apply the various tools, skills and behaviours to develop, document, implement and refine your own solutions.
The benefit of coaching is that the solutions are thought through and designed by you and then expressed in your own language - hence they make sense to you and this being the case, you will likely feel more confident that you can implement them.
Planned Ascent equips business owners and leaders to anticipate and respond to the many opportunities and challenges that arise on the path to sustainable growth. Typical examples include:
Build senior leadership capability to grow future earnings & increase asset value
Systemise sales and value-delivery processes to enable scale
Evolve your company culture to accelerate commercial performance
Refine organisation design, accountabilities and responsibilities to increase efficiency and effectiveness
Develop tools and methods to better manage the capacity of your business
Rationalise your customer base in order to free capacity and build more profitable growth
Few if any of the opportunities and challenges you face will exist in isolation and your context will be unique in at least some respects.
This is why our approach is tailor-made to your context, needs and preferences.
See the Why Us section of this website for tools to help you assess the fit between your requirements and our services.