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More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Contra Costa County – Business Coach CATEGORY

Karan Dhillon is owner of The Contractors Coach, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 201-6174 or by email.

Karan Dhillon

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Karan Dhillon: Coaching the Pros

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

WALNUT CREEK — After spending 10 years working for Fortune 500 companies, Karan Dhillon had established a solid career in corporate America. However, it wasn’t until he adjusted his focus to a smaller scale that he achieved true success. “I did sales and marketing for a large software company until I finally decided to do something on my own,” he says. “I decided to take the knowledge and experience I’d gained in the corporate realm and apply it to the small business level as a business coach.”

Karan founded his business in 2008 and started off strong, but things quickly became tentative following the subsequent economic downturn. Fortunately, a silver lining emerged out of that cloud of uncertainty. “Initially, I was working with small businesses in general, but after the economy crashed, I started getting more calls from contractors, who had been hit particularly hard by the recession,” he explains. “I soon found that we were getting great results with contractors, helping them turn their businesses around and increase their sales within a 12- to 18-month period. While everyone around them was struggling, our contractors were growing their businesses!”

Today, as owner of The Contractors Coach, Karan says he continues to gain satisfaction from helping his clients achieve positive results. “It’s very rewarding to take a client whose life has become consumed by their business and help them turn things around. Typically, not only is their business more successful, the owner actually comes out of it a better, happier person. In fact, the best compliment I ever received was from a contractor’s wife, who said, ‘Thank you for fixing my husband!’”

Originally from India, Karan came to the United States to attend Michigan State University, where he earned his MBA in engineering. Today, as a resident of Walnut Creek, he says he appreciates the temperate climate and concentrated diversity found in the Bay Area. “The weather is unbeatable and the diversity is unbelievable. We also get a lot of great cuisine. I lived in Minnesota for three years, and you’d be surprised what passes for Indian food there!”

Outside of work, Karan engages in a variety of active pastimes, both on the ground and in the sky. “In addition to hiking and playing golf, I’m a pilot,” he says. “I fly Cessnas out of Livermore and Concord, and I enjoy going down the coast to areas like Monterey and Santa Barbara.” Karan also invests time toward continued personal development (both through reading and meeting with a personal development coach) and hanging out with his 2-year-old son, Xander. “We have a lot of fun together, although I find myself watching a lot of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ these days,” he laughs.

In his life and career, Karan espouses the importance of finding your niche. “When I first started my business, I tried to appeal to as many people as possible, and it wasn’t getting me anywhere,” he explains. “However, as soon as I focused on one area—contractors—my business started to pick up very quickly. I soon realized that riches are made in the niches, and the more you try to be everybody to everyone, the more you become no one to nobody. I share this same advice with my clients to apply in their own businesses.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Karan says he’d continue to do what he’s doing now. “I don’t feel like retiring. I enjoy what I do too much, so I’d probably just do more of it, but maybe I’d expand from a local basis to a more global reach. I’d also spend more time playing golf, flying and hanging out with my son.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: Right now, it’s “The Profit,” which is about a business coach named Marcus Lemonis who invests in companies and helps them grow.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Casa Orozco in Dublin. They have awesome chili verde.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Hang out with my son and my dog, Mickey. He’s a 120-pound Old English Sheepdog, so it’s basically like having a giant teddy bear around.

Q: What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
A: I ate chicken feet one time while travelling in Asia. They were fried, and the nails were sticking out of the batter. Obviously, they tasted like chicken.

Q: Do you listen to any podcasts?
A: I listen to podcasts by a guy named David Neagle. He actually used to be my personal development coach.

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION - Contra Costa County – Business Coach

Local business coaches offer a variety of services that can help you and your business succeed. If you want more information to supplement the articles and information above, the following associations and agencies that deal with business coaches and the public may be able to help you.

California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) (www.wabccoaches.com)
International Coach Federation (ICF) (www.coachfederation.org)
International Coaching Association (ICA) (www.internationalcoachingassociation.com)
Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC) (www.acec-website.org)
American Coaching Association (ACA) (www.americoach.org)
Association for Coaching (AC) (www.associationforcoaching.com)
The Association for Professional Christian Coaches (APCC) (www.christiancoaches.com)
International Association of Women In Coaching (IAWC) (www.womenincoaching.com)

Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Local Business Coaching Service

Thinking about your needs and your reasons for hiring Contra Costa County business coaching services can help you make better decisions when it comes time to choose the best local business coach company in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and Brentwood or your area.

Ask yourself the following questions before you begin researching and interviewing small business coaches near you.

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified business coaching company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. What are the problems, challenges or needs my business or staff is facing that make me interested in hiring a local business coach? (This could include staff problems, growth potential, strategies for maximizing profits, leadership growth opportunities, staff counseling, management strategy development, and more.)
  3. Are there any specific requirements or needs I have for my business coach?
  4. What is my budget for business coaching services?
  5. What characteristics and personal and professional qualities am I looking for from my Contra Costa County business coach or professional executive coach?
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What To Ask In Person
Interview Contra Costa County Business Coaches in Person

In-person interviews are invaluable because they give you a chance to meet with local business coaches, learn more about their methods, share with them the details of your needs and business, and help you decide whether you will be able to work with each of the business coaches that made your short list.

Here are some questions you may want to ask during your in-person meetings with Contra Costa County business coaches in Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Concord, Richmond, Brentwood, Danville, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg and San Ramon and near you:

  1. What is your approach to business coaching services for companies and needs like mine?(This includes observations, assessments, goal setting, plan creation, and more.)
  2. What is your evaluation process and coaching process like?
  3. Which individuals in my company do you recommend be part of the business coaching services? (This can include company owners, management, team leaders, departments, other employees, franchise owners, etc.)
  4. What measurable results have you helped your past clients achieve?
  5. How long/how many sessions should I plan to need for my business coaching services?
  6. What will you consider as success in terms of my meeting my needs and goals?
  7. What other services and skills do you bring to the job?
  8. How soon can we start?
  9. Do you guarantee or otherwise back up your services?
  10. Will you work with companies in Orinda, Knightsen, Alamo, Diablo, North Richmond, Walnut Heights, Hercules, El Sobrante and other locations?
  11. Do you have customer references I can call that hired you for similar services to those I need?
  12. What can I do to make this process easier, smoother, and more effective?
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  • What To Ask References
    Questions for References of Local Business Coach Services

    It’s best to choose among Diamond Certified business coaching services because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass.

    If you want quality from a business coaching services in Contra Costa County and the greater Bay Area, including in Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg and your area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies.

    And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find Diamond Certified business coaching services within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your business coaching services.

    Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by business coaching services are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So local business coaches will likely give you a few clients to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the business coaching company’s 10 most recent clients. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    Then call those clients and learn more about the services they received and how they evaluate the business coach you're considering hiring.

    1. Were you satisfied with the business coaching services from _(Contra Costa County business coach company name)_?
    2. What was the type and scope of services they provided to you and your company?
    3. Did they do what they promised to do in their initial assessment?
    4. Did they communicate clearly and effectively with you and your staff?
    5. Were there unexpected costs? What were they for and were they avoidable?
    6. If your office is in San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill, Moraga, Lafayette, Briones, Canyon,  Rheem Valley, Pinole, Vine Hill, Maltby, Blackhawk, Clyde, Tara Hills or another area, did this Contra Costa County business coach charge any travel fees or additional service fees beyond their usual fees?
    7. Was this business coach reliable and trustworthy?
    8. Would you hire this company again in the future if you needed further business coaching, management coaching or other business consultation work?
    9. Would you recommend this company to other businesses?
    10. What was the best part about working with this Contra Costa County small business coach?
    11. Is there anything you wish you would have known before or while working with this company?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find and Hire Good Business Coaching Services in Contra Costa County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before deciding on the best business coaching services in Contra Costa County for you, take some time to review your notes, think about your experiences with and thoughts about the companies and coaches you met with, and consider the following questions.

    1. Can the Contra Costa County business coaching services you interviewed meet your needs in terms of coaching services, scheduling, fees and personal attributes?
    2. Are the local business coach companies you interviewed knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities your business faces? Can they tell you which coaching services are the best fit for your company's unique needs?
    3. Are they sensitive to your budget? (Many business coach companies can offer a range of services and solutions that are tailored to your resources.)
    4. Is there one local business coach that you liked best on a personal and professional level? (Don't underestimate the importance of having a mutual like and respect for and with your Contra Costa County business coach. You'll need to work with this coach on a close and potentially long-term basis, so it's key that you can get along well.)
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  • How To Work With
    Don't Leave Your Business Coach Selection to Chance

    You know you want to hire a business coach. Perhaps your small business is stagnant or you're making one last attempt to turn a good idea into a great small business. Your company might be facing a large opportunity to grow or experiencing morale or profit struggles. You may simply be looking for a way to inspire and motivate your company leadership, managers and employees.

    Whatever your reasons for wanting to hire a strategic business coach, it's vital that you slow down and do some research to find the right business coach for your needs and for your company's goals.

    Business coaches in Danville, Antioch, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg and beyond have a wide variety of experience, skills, training, specialties and methods. Finding the one that meets your needs and expectations and is compatible with your goals and company structure is key to your success.

    Start by creating a short list of Contra Costa County business coach services that are well-known in your area, work with companies like yours, have records of proven success and interpersonal skills, and have the right credentials and experience to be considered professional business coaches.

    Make some phone calls and learn more about the companies, their business coaches, their methods, availability and qualifications. Once you have done this, you should be able to further narrow your list to include only three to five strategic business coaches (or another manageable number that you can reasonably interview in person). You'll want to schedule in-person meetings with these professional business coaches to ask some specific questions, let them learn more about your company and needs, and get a feel for how well you can work with them.

    Don't ignore personal feelings during this process. Business coach selection is a very personal choice. You must respect, like and trust your business coach enough to share details of your business, spend time with them during assessment and strategic phases, and feel comfortable interacting with them. While you don't need to be best friends with your business coach or agree with them on every issue, you will likely be working with your business coach or business coaching team for a long time, so it's important you choose a business coach with whom you have a good rapport.

    Hire the Right Small Business Coach for Your Company
    Once you've researched good strategic business coach companies in Contra Costa County, including those serving clients in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and Brentwood and your area, it should be clear to you which is the best choice for your needs.

    Take into account the interviews you've completed, the ability of each Contra Costa County business coach to work with you, and your thoughts about who can best help your company reach its strategic goals.

    Then, talk with the small business coach that best suits your needs and goals and ask them for a contract that will lock in their services. This contract should include information on pricing, methods, assessments and evaluations, pricing, start and end dates, and other specific information about your working relationship. It should also include special requests or expectations made or held by you or your Contra Costa County business coach.

    Specific contract language will protect you and the business coaching company you hire. In fact, the more specific the better. That's because there will be less room for errors, misunderstandings and miscommunication.

    Read through the contract to be sure you understand all terms, limitations and details of the agreement. The contract you sign with Contra Costa County business coaches in Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Concord, Richmond, Brentwood, Danville, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg and San Ramon and beyond is a legally-binding document. So never sign a blank, incomplete or incorrect contract. It's your right to completely understand and agree to the contract you sign. If there are any inconsistencies, incorrect information or missing details, have them corrected before signing.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How Can You Be a Good Business Coach Services Client?

    Your business coach should be experienced and able to assess, advise, direct and guide you and your employees to meet your goals.

    But you play a big part in the success of the small business coaching services, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good client when hiring Contra Costa County business coaching services.

    • Be clear and upfront with the business coach. Let them know what you want from the coaching services, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a small business coaching service in Contra Costa County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local business coaching services occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your small business coach how he or she will communicate with you, or if you should reach out regularly for more information.
    • Be sure your business coaching expert has a phone number where they can reach you at all times.
    • Return calls promptly to keep the business coaching services on schedule.
    • Pay for the business coaching services promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer?

    Believe it or not, you can benefit by taking a few simple steps to be a good client. Business coaching services in Contra Costa County, including those in in Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg and beyond, appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good client behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Your business coaching services may very well go smoother and any problems or miscommunication may be more easily resolved. 

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Check The Work
Compare the Business Coach Services and the Invoice

When the business coaching services are completed, or when agreed-upon milestones are reached, your Contra Costa County executive coach will invoice your company for services rendered.

Compare the invoice with your original contract and the actual services received. The time to ask about any discrepancies or questions is before you pay the remittance. Clear up any questions you have as soon as possible to avoid conflicts or late payment fees.

Invoices from Contra Costa County small business coaching services should include the following:

  • The business coaching company name, physical address and contact information.
  • A complete list of all work and services performed.
  • An itemized list of any materials provided.
  • The total cost for the business coaching services.
  • A written explanation of any guarantees or promises provided by the business coach company.
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Written Warranties
Top Business Coaching and Development Service Requests

Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways To End Conflict with Contra Costa County business coaching services
If you want to avoid misunderstandings, conflicts and other unprofessional behavior from your business coach, start by hiring an experienced and highly-rated local small business coach in Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Concord, Richmond, Brentwood, Danville, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg and San Ramon or your area of Contra Costa County.

Look for one that has a long history of satisfying clients, caring for customers and providing valuable and reliable services like those you're seeking. You'll want to perform interviews over the phone and in person, and you'll want to talk with former and current clients who can attest to the quality and value of the services you're considering hiring.

Sometimes, though, disagreements or misunderstandings arise with even the best business coaches. If this happens to you, you should know what to do to address the problem, solve the misunderstanding or disagreement, and move on with the business coaching, executive coaching, or small business consultation services you need.

  • Meet in person with your Contra Costa County business consultant immediately when you have a complaint or a concern with the assessment, services, direction or other factors. Don’t wait until the business coaching services are well underway or completed to bring up your concerns.
  • Revisit your contract and try to verbally resolve the problem with the business coach or company owner.
  • Write down your complaint and document the times you contacted your Contra Costa County small business coach and their response.
  • Set a deadline for resolution of your complaints and let your business coach know you need a mutually-beneficial resolution that meets the directives of your original contract.
  • If you do not get an appropriate response, consider calling another local business coach or business consultant to neutrally evaluate the problem and ensure that your expectations and the business coaching services are fair and delivered as promised.
  • You may legally withhold payment until the dispute is resolved.
  • Contact your state attorney general if you are considering pressing charges against the business consultant for serious violations including illegal activities and wrongful conduct.
  • Fire the business coach as a last resort. Releasing from your employ a company with which you have a signed, legal contract can result in delays, damage to your company's reputation and even suits for breach of contract.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Business Coaching and Development Service Requests

The nature of business coaching and development services requires that the business coaches be flexible and provide a variety of services that meet their clients' distinct needs.

However, there are some common services that are provided more often than others. The following are some of the more popular business development and executive coaching services available in San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill and throughout Contra Costa County.

Executive Coaching
Professional coaching services for company owners, managers, executives and other professional leaders are known as executive coaching services. Emphases of executive coaching services vary depending on the needs of the executives and companies in question; however, they often include leadership skills, team building, management coaching and other services that help business executives become better leaders.

Management Consulting and Coaching
Management teams and individuals in management can benefit from management consulting and coaching services in Contra Costa County. These services are built for and around management needs including how to manage employees, identifying opportunities, improving learning for themselves and those they manage, implementing changes, seizing opportunities, and growth potential for the company and individuals. Strong company management is linked to stronger company performance, so management coaching and management consulting services can reap great rewards for personal and company-wide gains.

Management Strategy Coaching Services
Management strategies including setting goals, outlining objectives, analyzing the business and marketplace environment, analyzing and guiding the organization or company, outlining and assessing strategies, and strategy implementation can be taught by Contra Costa County business coaches in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and Brentwood and other areas that specialize in management strategy coaching.

Business Development Coaching
Business development coaching can be valuable for individuals and entire companies that are new, starting up, or moving in new directions. These companies and professionals can hire business development coaches to help them develop strategies, review and assess opportunities, assess strengths and weaknesses, and execute business plans to take advantage of business development plans and opportunities.

Team Performance Coaching
Businesses and organizations that run on the strength of internal teams and team structure can hire team performance coaches in Contra Costa County. These are professional business coaches who specialize in assessing, advising and guiding teams to improve performance. Team performance coaching often emphasizes and refines team member roles and strengths, team unity, working toward a singular goal, collaboration, team innovation and cooperation, and other team building exercises and strategies to increase teamwork and an overall improvement in morale and company goals.

Small Business Coaching
Small business coaching services in Danville, Antioch, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg and throughout Contra Costa County can help local small businesses meet their objectives, grow, and run efficiently. Small business coaching services may include small business operations assessment, staffing assessment, executive or leadership training and coaching, goal identification, business planning, and more.

Large Company Coaching Services
Large companies and corporations may need business coaching services to help them maximize their potential, keep budgets under control, find and hire good employees, set goals and strategies, find and train leaders, provide executive and management training, and more.

Franchise Business Coaching
Franchises and similar companies have unique needs when it comes to business coaching services. These can include how to maximize profits, finding good employees, balancing franchise requirements and unique marketplace positioning, and more. Contra Costa County business coaches who have experience working with franchises can often help franchise owners, managers and employees strengthen their businesses and make them more competitive in the marketplace.

Online Business Coaching
Like other small businesses, online businesses have unique challenges and opportunities that can be maximized through the guidance of a business coach that understands online businesses. Online business coaching services can include marketing and promotion strategies, growth strategies, employee searches and retention, management advising, leadership coaching and more.

Leadership Development
Business leaders including owners, CEOs, CFOs, directors, boards of directors, team leaders and others, can hire business coaches to help them become stronger and more effective leaders. This can include management development and coaching, hiring practice improvement, defining goals, implementing business plans, training and mentoring, and more.

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Glossary Of Terms
Business Coaching Services Glossary

awareness
Awareness is the degree to which a business coaching client is aware of their current status. Business owners and management must have awareness of their current place and potential for progress in order for business coaching to be effective. Good business coaches will work with clients to help them become aware of their situations, needs and progress through awareness training and awareness exercises.

Also known as: awareness training

business development coaching
Business development coaching can be valuable for individuals and entire companies that are new, starting up, or moving in new directions. These companies and professionals can hire business development coaches to help them develop strategies, review and assess opportunities, assess strengths and weaknesses, and execute business plans to take advantage of business development plans and opportunities.

Also known as: business coaching, strategic business coaching

conflict management
Conflict management coaching is the process of working through a conflict with a business coach that can help you or your team learn how to handle conflict and disagreements in a productive way, learn conflict management skills, and reduce the number and severity of conflicts within an organization. This type of coaching can result in stronger teams, better management, better workplace morale, happier and more productive employees, and a unified team.

Also known as: conflict management coaching, business conflict resolution

executive coaching
Professional coaching services for company owners, managers, executives and other professional leaders are known as executive coaching services. Emphases of executive coaching services vary depending on the needs of the executives and companies in question; however, they often include leadership skills, team building, management coaching and other services that help business executives become better leaders.

Also known as: executive coaching

franchise coaching
Franchises and similar companies have unique needs when it comes to business coaching services. These can include how to maximize profits, finding good employees, balancing franchise requirements and unique marketplace positioning, and more. Local business coaches who have experience working with franchises can often help franchise owners, managers and employees strengthen their businesses and make them more competitive in the marketplace.

Also known as: franchise business coaching, franchise management coaching, franchise owner coaching services, strategic business coaching for franchises

large company coaching
Large companies and corporations may need business coaching services to help them maximize their potential, keep budgets under control, find and hire good employees, set goals and strategies, find and train leaders, provide executive and management training, and more.

Also known as: corporate coaching services, corporation business coaching

leadership development
Business leaders including owners, CEOs, CFOs, directors, boards of directors, team leaders and others, can hire business coaches to help them become stronger and more effective leaders. This can include management development and coaching, hiring practice improvement, defining goals, implementing business plans, training and mentoring, and more.

Also known as: leadership growth

management coaching
These services are built for and around management needs including how to manage employees, identifying opportunities, improving learning for themselves and those they manage, implementing changes, seizing opportunities, and growth potential for the company and individuals. Strong company management is linked to stronger company performance, so management coaching and management consulting services can reap great rewards for personal and company-wide gains.

Also known as: management consulting, business management coach

management strategy coaching
Management strategies including setting goals, outlining objectives, analyzing the business and marketplace environment, analyzing and guiding the organization or company, outlining and assessing strategies, and strategy implementation can be taught by local business coaches that specialize in management strategy coaching.

Also known as: business management strategy development

needs analysis and assessment
Needs analysis and assessment is provided by local business coaches to help companies and businesses better understand their needs. This can include self evaluations, outside evaluations and other assessment types, and a professional analysis of responses and findings. Benefits of needs analysis and assessments include greater awareness of problems and opportunities.

Also known as: needs assessment coaching

online business coaching
Like other small businesses, online businesses have unique challenges and opportunities that can be maximized through the guidance of a business coach that understands online businesses. Online business coaching services can include marketing and promotion strategies, growth strategies, employee searches and retention, management advising, leadership coaching and more.

Also known as: website business coaching, coaching for online based businesses, internet business coaching services

phone coaching
Phone coaching is a form of business coaching that is performed over the phone rather than in person. Phone business coaching can take place in conjunction with in-person meetings, or can be a stand-alone service. Phone coaching is often more time- and cost-effective, and can allow companies and executives more flexibility.

Also known as: telephone business coaching, business coaching by phone

sales coaching
Sales coaches work with business owners, sales staff and others in charge of planning or executing sales in order to increase profits, improve prospecting, improve lead generation, and increase closing skills. Sales coaching often includes an assessment of current sales procedures and effectiveness, and a strategic plan for improving numbers and effectiveness.

Also known as: sales team coach

small business coaching
Small business coaching services can help local small businesses meet their objectives, grow, and run efficiently. Small business coaching services may include small business operations assessment, staffing assessment, executive or leadership training and coaching, goal identification, business planning, and more.

Also known as: independent business coaching services, small business improvement coaches, strategic planning for small businesses, small business plan creation and implementation

team performance coaching
Businesses and organizations that run on the strength of internal teams and team structure can hire team performance coaches. These are professional business coaches who specialize in assessing, advising and guiding teams to improve performance. Team performance coaching often emphasizes and refines team member roles and strengths, team unity, working toward a singular goal, collaboration, team innovation and cooperation, and other team building exercises and strategies to increase teamwork and an overall improvement in morale and company goals.

Also known as: team development coaching

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ About Local Business Coach Services and Strategic Business Coaching

Q: Why choose Diamond Certified business coaching services?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose business coaching services with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only business coaching services rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified business coaching services.

Q: What is professional coaching?
A: Professional business coaching services are provided by certified business coaches who partner with their clients to assess, improve and maximize personal management and leadership abilities, increase earning potential, grow businesses in strength and financial income, help businesses find solutions and strategies to meet their goals and better their businesses based on their own needs and goals.

Q: Why might I need to hire a business coach?
A: Individuals and companies hire business coaches for many reasons, including:

  • for help organizing your ideas, goals and business plan
  • to take advantage of new challenges, opportunities and goals
  • to learn new skills and approaches to business
  • to gain confidence for making business moves
  • before or while starting a business to create a solid foundation
  • as a resource for improving or growing a business
  • helping define and evaluate choices to guide the company
  • to strengthen company leadership and management approaches
  • to assess and combat a lack of success or financial gain
  • to identify core business strengths
  • to create business plans to assure success and future gains
  • gaining and maintaining a practical and effective plan, goals and motivation

Q: How does business coaching work?
A: Each business coach has his or her own methods. However, most business coach services start with an interview or phone conference to determine the current challenges, priorities, desired outcomes and goals of the individual or business that is hiring the business coach. This is usually followed by an assessment to objectively create benchmarks for success and evaluation, concept models, checklists, and action plans.

Q: How long will I need to work with my business coach?
A:Again, that depends on your goals and the recommendations of your business coach. Some clients and coaches meet a few times, while others have a long-standing relationship that resembles a consultant-client relationship. Talk with your business coach about your needs, goals, budget, and other factors that may help them determine how many meetings you'll need to have.

Q: Why is it important to have a good working relationship with my business coach?
A: You'll be working closely with the business coach that you hire, whether they're providing individual coaching or full business coaching services. While you don't have to be best friends or agree on every point, it is helpful if you like and respect the business coach you hire. You should feel comfortable talking with this person, and trust their advice and guidance. If you find you cannot work well with your business coach or members of your team are unable to communicate or cooperate with this coach, it may be in your best interest to redefine your approach or find a different business coach that you can work with well.

Q: How can I maximize my time with my business coach and be a good client?
A: Come to all meetings prepared, call ahead of time if you must cancel a meeting, never ask your business coach to do or advise you on an illegal action, take responsibility for your actions and your part in the coaching success, pay the coaching fees on time and follow through with what you say you will do. Like any good working relationship, you will likely get out of your partnership what you put into it. Therefore, it's in your best interest to take your business coach's recommendations seriously and put effort into their advice.

Q: What type of businesses and individuals do local business coaches work for?
A: Business coaches can help clients who are brainstorming and planning a new business, those who are just starting new businesses, and those who already are running businesses. They can also work with entire teams, management teams, leaders within the business, departments heads, boards of directors, advisory committees, individual business owners and more.

Q: How much do business coaches charge for their services?
A: Costs vary depending on the services you need, the length of time you work with your business coach, their abilities and experience, and other factors. Business coaches should be able to tell you an hourly rate or package rate for the services you need. However, don't let the cost of business coaching services prevent you from hiring a business coach for your business. Many companies see personal and overall effectiveness improve, and they may see positive results in sales and growth, depending on their goals and the services they hire. You may well reap large rewards from hiring a business coach, so think of the hiring decision as an investment in your business, managers and other staff.

Q: Can business coaches write or critique advertisements, print and other documents for me?
A: Many business coaches offer marketing and advertisement help, hiring assistance, business plan creation and more. They also are often available to critique marketing and advertising materials that you are currently using. If this is an important service for you, ask the business coach companies you're considering if it's among their services and get price quotes, or ask if it's part of their overall business coaching packages.

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