Where Do We Start?

Will my business benefit from Business Coaching?

To give you an idea, I currently work with a number of young, energetic businesses in Scotland and London who want to:

  • achieve sustainable growth
  • have more time and less stress

They are normally:

  • Part of a small leadership team, and/or
  • On top of a fast growing business, and/or
  • Clear about the sizable financial outcomes that will sustainably support their future lifestyle.

But they feel their business has recently ‘stalled’, ‘gotten stuck’, or ‘hit a brick wall’. Their gut instinct tells them that they could be so much bigger / better / both, if only…

You don’t want a business coach who just asks you nice questions and holds your hand. What you really want is a business coaching team that can deliver the bespoke Growth Management Systems to support you to achieve your potential.

The process is simple: Let’s Chat. If we like each other, let’s undertake a Strategic Business Review to demonstrate value.

First Step – Let’s Chat

Our first step together is a matching meeting.

  • Face-to-face
  • In your place of work
  • Lasts from 60-90 minutes
  • and costs nothing.

The Agenda for this meeting is broadly to understand your business, your dreams, and your challenges. Since you may not have worked with a business coach before, it is also designed to give you an experience and answer any questions you may have.

At the end of this meeting, you want to know whether you trust me and my recommendations for next steps. I want to understand you and your business well enough to know if you meet my client criteria, or if indeed there are more suitable coaches or advisors among the Shirlaws Group or my external network better placed to help you.

If either of us don’t feel this is a match, let’s agree to say so and save each other time. If you would like to speak with our other clients, where they have agreed to discuss their process engaging with Shirlaws, I would be delighted to provide their details.

Beyond this meeting, the most likely next steps are briefly explained below. It’s important with any business coach or consultant that you are always clear on the process you are working through.

Our Process: Review, Design, Implement

We start with a Strategic Business Review / Fact Find, aligning your business to the 2 or 3 greatest opportunities today. These opportunities are then converted into documented Strategy, via projects which transfer expertise and outline the path to sustainable Implementation and full value.

Business Review

When was the last time you had your business confidentially reviewed by an objective, expert advisor?

We start with a brief Fact Find, of your current systems, structure, resources and product offering. We want to ensure we are working with the correct facts, and consider all the possibilities without making any assumptions about your business. This ensures our recommendations are tailored, not generic.

Ideally, this review includes 1 hour private interviews with each member of your team. Your team’s perspective, even when it confirms your observations, is always helpful. More importantly, their ongoing support of any recommend changes begins at this phase.

Approximately 2 weeks later we would run a Strategy Session with you and your key stakeholders. During this session:

  • We introduce a number of frameworks to establish a contextual overview of the business
  • Detail our Findings from the Business Review
  • Lay out a Strategic Roadmap connecting your business’s current reality with your vision
  • Detail the 2-3 projects we believe would best benefit you and your team right now

This is an intense coaching session, with the outcome being the basis of a cohesive strategy for your future. For larger businesses, we may recommend multiple Strategy Sessions at this step to ensure all of the owners / leaders are aligned before moving forward.

At every stage, we will provide you with supporting documentation, frameworks, and language to assist.

At the conclusion of your Business Review, you will have a richer understanding of your business today and focus of the 2 or 3 strategic priorities you can best concentrate on. 100% of my clients at this stage request our guidance designing that strategy through project coaching.