Planned Ascent What We Do

Business Coaching
& Consulting

A bespoke and pragmatic blend of business coaching, consulting and connections with trusted others.

Our Approach

Planned Ascent equips people and businesses for growth, providing a pragmatic, tailor-made blend of business coaching, consulting and where appropriate, connections with trusted others.

Our starting point is to understand your particular context, ambitions, needs and preferences, typically through a call and subsequent meeting at your business.

We then develop a bespoke, written proposal to agree the objectives and goals of our work together, along with the timeframes and investment on both sides. 

Once agreed, we typically work face to face for a full day every month, written up to include clear actions and accountabilities, and enjoy regular contact online and by phone as needs dictate.

A day together might include executive coaching with the business owners, leadership coaching with your senior team and business coaching or consulting with individual staff members to address specific challenges. Or it might include a whole-team workshop on a particular business tool or methodology.

As our work progresses, we will continually evaluate what format and content will best meet the evolving needs of your business and team, and whether that is best provided by us or by connecting you to trusted others with particular skills you need.

In all of our work, we apply a three-phased approach to deliver the outcomes you want whilst remaining agile in response to developments.

The three phases of our approach are:

Circle One

Distil

1. Distil

Get really clear about the context you are working in and how this might evolve moving forwards. This will include the opportunities and challenges this presents, their commercial and energetic impact on you and others and the outcomes you want to create.

Circle Two

Design

2. Design

Identify and evaluate the options open to you. Develop your vision and ideas about how you could pursue them and decide which offers the best way forward. Clarify the resources and capabilities you will need to implement them.

Circle Three

Deliver

3. Deliver

Your strategies and plans come into contact with reality and you activate the capabilities and resources you have assembled. When the unexpected occurs, as it inevitably will, you will need to act with speed, agility and resilience in order to keep on track towards the outcomes you want. Our focus will be to keep you equipped with whatever you need to continue and sustain your ascent.

Your Challenges

Planned Ascent

Planned Ascent equips business owners and leaders to anticipate and respond to the many challenges that arise on the path to sustainable growth.

Your challenge(s) might be different to any of those shown below and your context will be unique in at least some respects.

Few if any of the challenges you face will exist in isolation.

This is why our approach is tailor-made to your context, needs and preferences. It will be adapted to best help you:

  • Distil the issues that most need your attention
  • Design your best approach to resolve them
  • Deliver your plans effectively to achieve and sustain the outcomes you want.

See the Why Us section of this website for tools to help you assess the fit between your requirements and our services.

Your challenge(s) might be to:

  • Build senior leadership capability to grow future earnings & increase asset value

  • Develop next generation leaders to manage key client and channel relationships

  • 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

  • Strengthen your personal leadership capability to deal with present and future challenges

  • Raise levels of financial acumen amongst non-financial leaders

  • Manage key stakeholder relationships

  • Resolve family or behavioural dynamics that are hindering progress

  • Prioritise amongst competing projects and demands on your time

  • Rationalise your customer base in order to free capacity and build more profitable growth

Deliverables

Planned Ascent delivers:

Growth, meaning sustainable increases in capability, accountability and capacity leading to improved outcomes.

Insights, resources and methods, including personal insights and skills, proven business tools and frameworks and connections to other professionals in our Trusted Circle. Or, more likely, a combination of these.

We know you already have plenty of resources, and resourcefulness. Our focus is on what else you need to achieve the outcomes you want.

 

Return on Investment

There will be several layers to the return on your investment with Planned Ascent:

 

1Energetic

Your first return will be increased motivation and confidence.

This flows from distilling the issues you face, refining your perception of the options open to you and engaging your capability (and others’) to respond them.

As a leader or as a team, your renewed energy will be infectious meaning any shift will be picked up and mirrored by others, consciously or otherwise: an energetic multiplier effect.

2Behavioural

As your individual or team energy changes, so will your behaviour.

Once again, this will be multiplied by the ripple effect that will radiate out from you to others; so it will be important to clearly articulate and model the behaviours you want to see amplified in your business.

3Commercial

These shifts in energy and behaviour will create a commercial impact, reflected in your P&L.

Initially, this could be adverse for various reasons. The increasing clarity in your business may prompt some who are not ready for it, to move on. It may also prompt you to make some investments to support the behaviours you want to see - into improved systems and infrastructure, for example.

Over time, the commercial impact will be positive. Our work together will create greater alignment and collective capabilities. This will drive corresponding decreases in costs, for example of recruitment and retention, and increases in revenue flowing from improved teamwork and collaboration.

We can model these commercial impacts together, and then track them as our work progresses.

 

4Financial

We work from the perspective that your business is an asset you have created to deliver the outcomes you want.

Our work will be designed to enhance the value of your asset and, subject to your appetite for investment, this too can be benchmarked by specialists and measured over time.

This is where the greatest monetary return will ultimately be generated, all else being equal.

5Personal

We come back to where we started, to you as the business owner or leader of a leadership team. Except now you have greater choice, borne of your increased confidence, capability and equity, about the impact you want to have in the world and the legacy you want to leave; be that in a team, a business, your family or more widely in society.

This perhaps is the greatest return of all.

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