Your growth mindset tells you that you need a business coach, but what kind of consultant do you need?
How do you identify the right kind of consultant to align with your growth mindset needs?
Searching for a business coach can be like shopping when you are hungry. We all know you should never go grocery shopping when you are hungry. The grumble of your stomach can override your better senses and you soon find there are items in your cart that you don’t need. Hiring a consultant has similar dangers.
Be clear about your vision for your business
Everything starts with vision. Vision at times requires us to get clarity on who we are and where we are going. Effective shopping starts with a list and a purpose. I want to make a delicious spaghetti dinner so I go to the store for noodles, sauce, meat and a side. Effective shopping to execute on this vision requires:
Clarity in hiring a business coach
Your grocery list does not need to lay out the menu for every day of the rest of your life. Unless you are only buying canned and frozen foods, this is implausible. What do you need in the next month or quarter to help you move towards your personal or professional goals?
A consulting plan requires some thought
If you hunt for a business coach or consultant without a plan, you may be writing a blank check. Don’t leave yourself susceptible to scam artists or under performing professionals.
The importance of vision in hiring a business coach
If you have put your short term grocery list together, you know a few key areas that you need help. Rather than leaving the list open to your hunger for change, compose a list of potential partners that can help with your specific needs. If you need a financial specialist, don’t hire someone in the legal niche.
If the coach you are interviewing cannot tell you what they specialize in, they likely are not suited to your needs. Rather than leading with your needs, as questions to draw out their abilities. Fast Company identifies aspects of legitimacy in consulting which includes identifying specialists.
Questions when screening a personal or professional consultant
Structuring accountability in business coaching
Get some references from your potential consultant. Ask to speak to a business leader that this consultant has assisted from your industry. Ask to speak to a professional who is working through the same challenges you are working through.
Key perspectives when hiring a consultant
Arriving home with a trunk full of groceries when you left home for a gallon of milk may be amusing. In business, these habits and mishaps can cause long term damage to your business. A strong growth mindset includes discipline to maintain vision is executed consistently. Hiring a personal or professional coach can set you forward or hold you back.
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Jon Isaacson has a monthly feature column with Restoration & Remediation (R&R) Magazine titled The Intentional Restorer