A business coach is not typically like the other staff members in a business. They are not always there for long, and yet they have goals that will hopefully leave a lasting, positive impact once they are met. In order to get the most out of working with a business coach there are some important things to keep in mind and practice.
Go into with an open mind and positive attitude.
It has been proven that your mental state, especially in regards to attitude, can have a dire impact on success. If you go into a situation feeling negative and not believing it will work, chances are higher that it will indeed be a failure. Sometimes a business coach will introduce what seems like a radical concept. Hesitation at something new is natural, however, resistance can be counter productive. Take time to honestly listen to what they have to say, after all, they have proven themselves competent to be where they are. If you still have reservations regarding their advice, discuss it with them when it is most discrete. This is especially important if they are doing group sessions. Try to stay positive and open minded in regards to their advice and plans.
Be realistic in expectations and keep good notes.
A business coach may be able to walk in the next day and begin delivering group lectures and meetings for morale problems. This does not mean that the problems will vanish after that single session. It is important to understand that depending on the issue, it can take a while to see fruition or headway in a problem. When the business coach is only hired for a short period of time, it is wise to make the most of the time by taking thorough notes. Sometimes you only need the coach to show you a better way of handling operations, and make to changes that you can easily maintain after they leave. In order to get the absolute most from working with a business coach, you need to really pay attention and take notes.
Don’t be afraid to re-engage their services for a day.
Sometimes, long after the work has been completed, you may want to touch bases with the business coach again. If they helped you re-work a large portion of the business or if they had a lot of intensive instruction, there is no harm in re-engaging them for a brief check in to get their opinion on how things are being maintained from their original advice. Some business will retain the services of a coach for extended periods of time, while others bring them in routinely, every few years, to just make sure things stay on track.