What do Barbara Streisand and Tiger Woods have in common?
In addition to being at the top of their respective fields, Streisand in music and Woods in golf, they both work with a coach.
Why would someone at the top of their chosen profession need a coach?
The answer is quite simple. They realize, as do top performers in every field, the value of having someone on the sidelines watching their every move and making sure they're on track. They know that, while they are doing what they do, it's important to have someone watching their every step and providing feedback to help them be their best.
Today, smart entrepreneurs are doing the same. Understanding that, rarely does anyone reach their potential without a coach, they are hiring coaches who specialize in working with businesses. Small business owners in particular, many who have no one to confide in other than their partner or spouse, can benefit greatly from the services of a small business coach. And hiring a coach tends to be a minor investment when compared to the value it brings.
In addition to providing a confidential and objective sounding board for problem solving and brainstorming, their coach will hold them accountable for achieving the goals they set for themselves and their business. Often the bane of the small business owner is that they are too busy with day-to-day activities, putting out the occasional "fires" that flare up unexpectedly to be concentrating on their long term vision. And most have learned from experience how difficult it is to achieve significant results going it alone.
Their coach, on the other hand, is able to hold this vision with them and ensure they are moving toward it. And a really great coach will help the entrepreneur envision a result bigger than they would have thought possible.
So, if you want to see your business grow and prosper, go out and get a coach.
Just make sure it's someone who specializes in working with small businesses. Tiger woods does not have a voice coach and it's unlikely that "Babs" keeps a golf coach on staff.