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What Makes a Yorkshire Business Coach Tick?

What makes a Yorkshire Business Coach tick?

“Of all the jobs in all the world why did you have to walk into this one?” Please excuse the none too subtle paraphrasing of Rick from Casablanca. What we are trying to get at here is give an answer to the question that we get asked once in a blue moon by clients: “What makes you want to do what you do?”

Our successful clients want to know what makes us tick.

Fortunately it is not clients who have experienced difficulties who ask this question. It would be rather difficult to tell someone who perceives themselves as a business failure why you spend time and energy investing in people. Rather it is our more successful clients, who may well be making more money than we are in our chosen vocation who want to know what makes us do what we do.

Yorkshire Business Coaches are “people focussed”, but with a twist.

What do we mean by that?. Well most people who are thought of as “people focussed” are not necessarily financially focussed. Let’s be honest teachers, social workers, nurses and GPs are not people who go into their particular line of work in order to make vast sums of money. Some Doctors are finding themselves working in an increasingly business like environment but in the main, along with the other professions mentioned, they did not enter their jobs in an entrepreneurial spirit.

Yorkshire Business Coaches are people who share the desire to work for and with people for their benefit but start out as entrereneurs first and foremost.

Yorkshire business Coaches allow you to take responsibility.

Mentor, Teacher, Coach? The roles are often interchangeable and people frequently confuse the different roles. A Yorkshire Business Coach does not. Our coaches are trained to fully understand what their role is. We are the Ivan Lendls of the business world. We work with our Andy Murrays on their mindsets, we work with them to allow them to find the best ways to exploit their talents and make the best decisions based on their business goals. We do not pretend that we have the skills and attributes of our clients (my bet is that Murray would wallop Lendl in his prime). We guide and probe, we do not instruct. We like to plant seeds and water the garden.

Yorkshire Business Coaching employs business coaches who are learners.

The most effective coach is the one who understands that we never stop developing, never stop learning, never can assume that the path ahead is as smooth as we imagine as the one we left behind to be. Coaching clients can see through someone who believes he has all the answers, as soon as a coach delivers an answer that appears to be cliched or a stock reply a client can spot it. Why? Because they are people just like you. They have made a decision to work for themselves, they are independent minded and like you they can spot cliches, bull and other such stuff a mile off.

Think that describes you? The fact that you are reading this prooably means yes.

And as that is the case why not click on the link and get a free no obligation consultation?

Of course I Facebook at work, who doesn’t?

Once upon a time in a far away land, the internet was one of those things that you only used at work to connect what you are working on with other stuff. It was never a place for connecting you to the rest of the world. Internet surfing was something you did at home, and it took forever and it was really poor quality, but man it was fun.

These days we live in a different world where we are almost always connected to the internet in one form or another. You can be one of those people who switches off or is actively boycotting technology but in most developed countries, in most workplaces, there will be someone who is right now updating their Facebook status.

Quick, fire them now!!!

Seriously though, some organisations get stressed about this sort of thing. It didn’t happen twenty years ago and it has been frowned upon for so long, but now it is time to relax and make a change to a different way of working and managing people. We are connected all of the time and we are learning to manage these connections in a different way. You have heard stories about people who have relationship issues because someone hasn’t texted them sometime in the last three hours. Same applies here. What people do with social media and the internet is the outlet they have for their lives. It might be sharing a funny cat photo to brighten their day, or venting over someone’s inability to drive properly on the motorway. These connections have positive values that are being built into the lives of people today. We have built this relationship with technology and if you remove people’s access to it, you remove that comfort, that feeling of belonging. It causes anxiety, stress and fear. Why would you do that to someone?

Understandably there are limits and if internet usage causes capability issues then it needs to be controlled. For most people, let them get on with it and it will only provide them with a greater sense of well being and security. They will be happier people for feeling better connected to the rest of their world while busily getting on with their work.

The next time you catch someone updating Facebook in the office, don’t reprimand them, ask them if they are posting anything good. You will be amazed at the difference such a simple action can make.

Yorkshire Business Coaching is brought to you by ThinkPositive Coaching Ltd and provides business coaching and advice to small businesses
and companies in Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Otley, Huddersfield, Shipley, Wetherby, York and all of the surrounding Yorkshire areas.