What we find when we are looking for our first job, a promotion or to get more engaged in our career is that our formal education only serves as a foundation for the full scope of our career. To reach our full potential, our personal and professional development must be an ongoing initiative. If we agree that education is not enough, that leadership and other career skills are best learned with education in place, it then boils down to choosing how best to learn these skills.
Anyone looking to find their first job today or anyone trying to re-enter the workforce becomes immediately aware how differently 21st century employers view job candidates. This can only be described as a competitive environment. And, for those persons with jobs, there is new pressure to perform at higher standards. For those workers looking to advance, experience alone is simply not enough.
Business owners and entrepreneurs are turning to business coaching for a variety of reasons. In the profession of business coaching, one size does not fit all. General business solutions can help but business coaching at its best and most effective is a bespoke program.
Small business owners are especially challenged in the current environment. They are struggling to manage tight credit, discover new markets and expand in the face of declining consumer confidence.
Business coaching is used to perfect specific strategies for growth envisioned by the business owner and management. Small business owners often have their own vision for the future of their business.
A business coach can analyse that vision and determine the steps necessary to implement a specific course of action that accomplishes the goals.
Change Management is one of those necessary disciplines that has elements of vagueness but which can define an organisation and set a path for the future. While many change management consultants use different protocols to assess the best change management strategy, the process is actually pretty predictable if the proper formulation is applied.
The place to begin the assessment is to use three basic criteria to determine the need for and the direction for change management implementation.
- Establish an understanding of the budget.
- Establish the timeline.
- Evaluate all existing and necessary resources.