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How can I find the right support, advice

and guidance in my business?

No entrepreneur has ever done it all alone.

You need help, but what type of help do you need?

No human being has ever achieved anything of note on his or her own. In business and in life humans need other people, for support, guidance and belonging. We are wired that way. A mentor of mine used to say: “Right now there’s a monkey in Africa somewhere, dying because he’s been kicked out of his tribe”. We can not function in isolation. That doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes like being on our own, and some people need more alone time than others, but we all need support.

Powerful 12 Questions Guide and videos

But hiring a coach, a mentor or adviser is a big step. There’s a lot riding on getting it right. Hence I have created the 12 Questions Guide and Cheat Sheet for finding and hiring the right coach for you. You can download the Guide by filling in the forms on this page or you can go straight to the special 12 Questions page on my website and besides the Guide, there is also a second much more comprehensive video to help you through the whole process of finding, inteviewing and selecting the perfect coach for you and your business.

It takes a village

People who build Beautiful Businesses and Lives, know it takes a village and they are always looking for the right support. My oldest and most successful client, has three different coaches, and he cycles between us. He does 6 months with me and then he goes and works with his business coach in New Zealand and then he does a stint with his executive coach and then he comes back to me again.  (You can read the story of Narinder Singh from QE foodstores here)

Besides us three coaches Narinder has developed important relationships with his external accountant, his HR consultant, a marketing consultant, an IT consultant and a property adviser. He’s involved all of his advisers in all of his big decisions and planning in the past 10 years, and he credits his team of advisers and coaches with the fact he is so successful. (He’s a humble man, so let me put it on record now that his success is at least equally due to his incredible passion and determination, but the point remains).

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.

As I said above, we all need support when developing our businesses. And what’s more, we need different kinds of support at different stages on the journey. I myself have engaged, mentors, coaches, consultants, counsellors and therapists in the past 15 years and I’ve joined various different business support groups at different times as well.

The main forms of business support:

Mentoring:

Mentors are often people who’ve “been there, done that”. They’re usually a bit older, they might even be retired and they often have direct experience in your specific industry or business type. Some mentors do their mentoring on a volunteer basis, others get paid a little or a lot. Mentoring can be really powerful in the early years of developing your business. I believe the most effective method to find a great mentor is to find someone you look up to in your industry and approach him or her and simply ask them.

Many senior business owners really enjoy being asked to “give back”. I have have taken a role of mentor for some young business owners in the past and you can feel free to contact me to discuss a mentoring relationship. There are also a number of small business mentoring organisations you can contact. One of them is the Small Business Mentoring Services, find out more here.

Whether you work with a volunteer mentor or a paid one, there is one thing you must keep in mind to get the most out of the relationship: You have to drive the agenda. When you sit down with your mentor you have to know what specific questions you need to address in the meeting and what input you need from your mentor. If you don’t control the agenda you’ll waste enormous amounts of time and the mentor will start to feel uncomfortable. (More about the secrets of great mentoring relationships here).

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.

Business Coaching Companies:

Business coaching companies generally have developed a system for growing a business and their coaches will teach you the system and help you implement it. One of the best organisations I’ve come across who do exactly this and don’t stray outside of that model are EOS Worldwide. Their Australian franchisee is contactable here.

I believe it can be very useful to work with the right business coaching company for a while, to learn their systems and get help with it’s implementation into your business. But to build a Beautiful Business that Stands the Test of Time, you can’t ignore the personal side of growing your business: Find an executive or leadership coach or someone like me (see below) to support you in the journey of personal development and leadership that is integral to creating the business you dream of.

Business-Life Coaching:

I am a Business-Life Coach. What that means is that I start from the principle that:

“Your business is what it is today, because of who you are today”. 

This means that if you want your business to change, you must be prepared to change first.

So I, and coaches like me, combine the “hard” business systems with the “soft” personal skills. I will teach you about the latest business management systems and techniques, design new systems customised to your business and help you implement them, but at the same time we’ll be working on what it takes to be a great business owner. We’ll work on leadership skills, self management skills, developing your vision, prioritising, goal setting, strategic thinking, planning, communication, people management, and how to get out of crisis management. (More here)

Free Five Step Discovery Process:

Before we engage in any of my coaching programs, I always suggest we follow my Five Steps to Discovery Process, starting with a free 30 minute Discovery Coaching session (Skype) combined with a short business discovery survey and report. You can book a Discovery Business Coaching session and Business Discovery Survey through any one of the forms on The Five Steps page here. In the Discovery session, we’ll get to know each other a little and I’ll get some insight into what stage you and your business are at, allowing me to tailor the next steps in the Five Steps to Discovery Process

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.

Executive Coaching/ Leadership Coaching:

An Executive or Leadership Coach is skilled in helping people develop their leadership skills. Executive coaches are more often engaged with executives of larger organisations than with small business owners, but one of the three coaches that Narinder Singh, who I talk about above, works with is an executive coach. There are many executive coaches to choose from. The best I can suggest is to do an introductory session with 3 different executive coaches and make your assessment based on how you feel at the end of each of the three sessions.

Choosing an executive coach is almost entirely about how you click with him or her. Feel free to send me an email to ask for a referral to a trustworthy executive coach. You might also have a look at the website of the International Coach Federation, it’s the professional body of record for executive coaches worldwide.

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.

Advisory Boards:

Pulling together an advisory board for your business can be a highly effective strategy to get the support you need to drive the development of your business forward. You can create your own board and ask a bunch of people you trust, with varying skills and experience to become part of your board, and maybe meet with them once a month for 2 or 3 hours. You may decide to pay these board members a fee for their time and input or you may ask them to sit on your board on a voluntary basis, and you yourself may in turn do the same for someone else. Advisory boards like this are often really valuable and offer great support, but they can sometimes be short lived, because of time pressure on various board members.

You can also join an advisory board program run by specialist organisations. Those programs are usually run by a professional facilitator and there might be anywhere from 5 to maybe 15 members on a board, all of whom are business owners and the members meet every month and support each other. I run a board program like that from time to time called The Business Growth Club and there are various other organisation that do the same thing such as TEC, The CEO Institute and Coraggio. I’ve also written a White Paper about benefits of Advisory Boards that you can download here.

Business study and training:

At different stages on the journey of entrepreneurship it may be important to improve your skill and knowledge levels. When moving from solo-entrepreneur to small business owner and beyond it can simply be beneficial to go back to school and learn about the latest business management techniques and philosophies.  You can go to university and take post graduate or summer school  courses on specific topics in marketing, innovation, management, leadership etc, or you may enroll in a full MBA program.

Alternatively it may be more relevant for you to engage with the Vocational Education and Training system (VET, via TAFE or via many registered private training organisations in the country, more here) The Business Growth Club program I mentioned above often incorporates a VET training component, leading to the Diploma of Business or to a Diploma of Leadership.

More information about the Business Growth Clubs here

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.

Further reading about business support

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.

A small business mentor will change your world

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Secrets of a great mentoring relationship

Many moons ago I started my working life as a cadet journalist. One of the senior editors on the newspaper became my mentor for the next 3 years. It was one of the most important relationships of my life.  Under his wings, I became a good young journalist and a (more or less) well-adjusted human being.

I have mentored many people in various forms myself since those days and I’m convinced that most entrepreneurs who’ve built great small businesses have done with the support of one or more mentors.

Being in a mentoring relationship with someone whether as mentor or mentee (strange word, I know) can be incredibly rewarding for both parties. It certainly has been that for me as much as for the people I’ve mentored.

Keeping it in the family

I have for example mentored my daughter-in-law for the past two years through the start of her landscaping and design business (Excelsa Landscapes). I know she has gained a lot in the process, but I have as well. I feel engaged, valued and acknowledged when working with her. I’m really proud to see how she and her business have developed over the past two years. Being in some small way part of her journey these past two years gives me as much enjoyment as anything else I do in my business.

I know my daughter-in-law has grown immeasurably as a business owner in those two years. Partly as a result of our mentoring relationship, she has become a true business owner, a person who takes control of her life and accepts responsibility for delivering on her client’s needs as well as the wellbeing of her employees and contractors. She stands in the centre of her world and doesn’t hide behind others. We’ve both grown and in the process we’ve also gotten to know and appreciate each other.

What more could any of us want in life?

Different forms of mentoring

There are many different forms of mentoring:

It can take whatever form suits you and your mentor.

A client of mine has four mentors. I am one of those four, he has another person such as me in New Zealand, his accountant is one of his mentors and finally there is a retired millionaire (billionaire even) who made his fortune in a similar industry to himself. They meet for lunch once or twice a year.

Some mentoring relationships are paid, some are voluntary and some have a payment in kind arrangement.

In other words, you can fashion the relationship to suit yourself and that brings me to the final point.

Taking control

You, the mentee, have to take control of the relationship. You have to decide what it is you want to get from working with your mentor and you have to ensure you get it. Do not make the mistake of instigating the relationship and then sitting back with folded arms wondering what happens next. Always enter every conversation with your mentor, able to clearly articulate what you want to walk away with from the session and what input you want from your mentor.

If you don’t yet have a mentor, as a small business owner or you’re not getting what you need out of a current mentoring relationship, it’s time to go looking for a new mentor.

Your world will change.

I promise you…

More about the various forms of business support, guidance and advice that are available to small business owners here

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If you would like to explore the possibility of a mentoring relationship, feel free to book in a FREE half hour discovery session below.

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Fun is All That Matters: A Small Business Masterminds Webinar Podcast

Fun in Business

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Whyis Fun in Business more important than any other KPI?

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The podcast of the Small Business Masterminds Foundation Webinar on Fin in business, why it matters so much and what it takes to build a Fun business that sustains you for years to come

Small business Masterminds Foundation webinars are held every second Thursday… for Free… Go to this link to register for the next one now.

SBP Business – Life Coaching Programs

All of my Business-Life Coaching

programs designed to support you to

build your unique beautiful business

You weren't  actually planning to build it all on your own, were you?

Jump ahead to the programs here

Being in and around small business for the past 30+ years, I’ve come to understand the value of Business – Life Coaching and mentoring, because I have learnt two things:

  1. That many small business owners often feel overwhelmed and stuck in their daily lives as entrepreneurs. (More about overwhelm and personal wellbeing for small business owners here)
  2. That the most effective way out of that overwhelm is to find the right external advice, guidance, mentoring, or coaching. It doesn’t matter what name you give it, what it comes down to is: Asking for Help

My own experience as the owner of a building company in Sydney for 20 years was exactly like that and I’ve seen the same patterns repeated over and over with most of the small business owners I’ve met. The only sure fire way to step out of overwhelm, get unstuck and start moving forward again as energetically and positively as you did in the early years in your business, is to stop trying to do it all yourself.

Because you can’t do it without external advice and help, trust me on that. (More about the different forms of business support, advice and guidance here)

It takes a village

No business owner who ever built a Beautiful Business and Life, did it on their own. Successful entrepreneurs know it takes a village, and they look for the best advisers, mentors, and coaches they can find. For example you can read the story of one of my most successful clients here.

Fun in Business All of my Business – Life Coaching, mentoring, webinar and workshop programs below are designed specifically for small business owners who do find themselves overwhelmed and stressed in their business. They’re designed for people who want to start Having more Fun in Business again. The programs are aimed at helping business owners discover what their own unique Beautiful Business and Life could really look like and then to help them build it.

It's difficult to decide: Free Five Steps to Discovery Process

My business coaching and mentoring programs are listed below with links to more information. But I know it can be difficult to decide what kind of support and guidance you really need at this stage on your journey as a business owner, just from reading a few pages on a website.

Because of that I suggest we follow my Free Five Steps to Discovery Process before you make any decisions about how or when to engage with me, starting with a free 30 minute Discovery Coaching session (Skype) combined with a short business discovery survey and report.

Next Steps

You can book a Discovery Business Coaching session and Business Discovery Survey through any one of the forms of this page. In the Discovery session, we’ll get to know each other a little and I’ll will ask you a thousand questions to get a good understanding of where you are in your business and life, what your challenges and opportunities are and how I can best support you, allowing me to tailor the next steps in the Five Steps to Discovery Process.

The Coaching Programs

These are my different coaching programs, click to read more or book an initial session:

“Having Roland’s support and guidance is like being infused with 20 years’ experience in six months”.

(Dan Kordiak, DynaFix)

Further reading and resources about business coaching and getting external advice:

One-Month Business Transformation

Business coaching programs, mentoring, advice, guidance. Australia business transformation

How would it be to blow away one big hurdle first?

Click here for the Full One-Month-Transformation page

Summary: What’s it all about:

The one Month business transformation programs are short sharp, intense business coaching programs designed to tackle one specific issue in your business, find the clarity and focus you need and implement a series of effective and simple strategies that will transform that aspect of your business.

The Transformation programs consist of up to 4 business coaching sessions of between 1 and 2 hrs each via Skype, spread out over one month. Read about all of the one-month transformation programs here.

“I wanted to find out ways of reshaping my company to enjoy my work more and get back to doing the things that made me choose my vocation in the first place. Roland helped me do this and has re-energised me and my company.”

(Michael Hill, Lightwell)

Why it’s important for you:

At any one time in your business there may be one challenge above all others that needs to be tackled effectively right now before you and the business can start to move forward again:

  • Maybe it’s your marketing that isn’t working and you are not getting enough new inquiries,
  • Or maybe you’re not converting enough inquiries into new sales, or
  • You’re always struggling to pay the bills on time, or
  • Maybe your staff are not delivering for you, or
  • Your business plan is way out of date
  • Or you simply feel that you are drifting from job to job, client to client, without a sense of direction.

Most of us experience at least one of those challenges at some stage in our journey. And when we are in the midst of such a challenge it can be like a fog through which we can see very little else. Is that true for you at the moment? And what is the issue that causes the fog for you?

What you can expect from the program:

Before we even start a One-Month Program, I will help you decide which is the challenge that keeps you awake most, the issue that must be tackled before you can start to look for the horizon again (see the “Discovery Session” below). I will then customise the program to make sure we address that issue in the most effective way possible.

Then we’ll work together intensively for a month to bring about a real change in this aspect of your business. At the end of the month, you will feel a great sense of relief; The fog has lifted and you can start to see the horizon again, and you’ll not be kept awake at night any longer by that issue.

Free Five Step Discovery Process:

Before we engage in any of my coaching programs, I always suggest we follow my Five Steps to Discovery Process, starting with a free 30 minute Discovery Coaching session (Skype) combined with a short business discovery survey and report. You can book a Discovery Business Coaching session and Business Discovery Survey through any one of the forms of this page. In the Discovery session, we’ll get to know each other a little and I’ll get some insight into what stage you and your business are at, allowing me to tailor the next steps in the Five Steps to Discovery Process.

Next step:

Fill in the form below to book a free Discovery Business Coaching Session with me, or go to the One-Month-Transformation page for more information.

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The Fun in Business Intensive

Business coaching programs, mentoring, advice, guidance. Australia

Are you ready for the adventure of a life time?

Click here for the full Fun in Business Intensive page

Summary: What’s it all about:

The New Perspectives Fun in Business Intensive is a transformative 6 to 12 month business coaching, mentoring and leadership development program designed for individual small business owners and also especially husband and wife business partners (read more about husband and wife family business owners here), who want to change and Build a Beautiful Business and Life and who are ready to get stuck into doing so now.

The business coaching program combines Visioning, Goalsetting, Planning, Strategy, Accountability, Support, Guidance, Brainstorming and Advice with Coaching and Mentoring methodologies and resources that simply work. Fun in business or why running a business doesn’t have to be like playing whack-a-mole

Further reading about why Fun is the opposite of Overwhelm

More about overwhelm and getting unstuck

All about the Fun in Business Program

Why it’s important for you:

Change happens on journeys. Nothing ever happened in the safety of the harbour. To change our business and our life we have to get out onto the ocean and set sail for the horizon and above all, we can’t ever come back.

When you are ready to change your business and your life, I’d love to come on the journey with you. I will help you set a course, and adjust the course when required. I’ll keep you focused on the course and I’ll guide and teach you how to keep the ship safe and heading in the right direction. I’ll warn you when there’s a storm or a reef coming and I’ll make sure that you know when to row and row hard and when to let the wind take you along for a while.

What you can expect:

The Fun in Business Intensive is not for the faint hearted. The structure of the “Intensive” ensures that we will tackle the big issues, all the big rocks that have blocked your way to the business you dream of will be blown away or we’ll find a way around them; The program is called “The Intensive” because it is the most intensive one-on-one business coaching and mentoring program you can engage with while also running your business at the same time. It’s is full on and it has made grown men cry… But it works, every time.

Coming on the Journey with me in the Fun in Business Intensive will truly change your business and your life for ever.

I promise you

Free Five Step Discovery Process:

Before we engage in any of my coaching programs, I always suggest we follow my Five Steps to Discovery Process, starting with a free 30 minute Discovery Coaching session (Skype) combined with a short business discovery survey and report. You can book a Discovery Business Coaching session and Business Discovery Survey through any one of the forms of this page. In the Discovery session, we’ll get to know each other a little and I’ll get some insight into what stage you and your business are at, allowing me to tailor the next steps in the Five Steps to Discovery Process.

Next step:

Fill in the form below to book a free Discovery Business Coaching Session with me, or go to the Fun in Business webpage for more information.

“I can’t recommend Roland enough to any business owner who wants to grow their business strongly, they will benefit enormously from his ongoing advice and support.”

(Michael Nelson, Scissors, Paper, Rock)

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Brainstorming and sounding board

brainstorming What’s it all about?

Sometimes you need to know you can pick up the phone to someone you trust, because you need a sounding board, some independent input, a sense check, some advice or simply someone to vent your frustration on, allowing you to move on again.

I provide those functions for a number of small business owners, either on an ad hoc basis, when we book in an hour or more and I get you to think about a specific question to focus on in our session, or on an ongoing retainer basis.

Free Five Step Discovery Process:

Before we engage in any of my coaching programs, I always suggest we follow my Five Steps to Discovery Process, starting with a free 30 minute Discovery Coaching session (Skype) combined with a short business discovery survey and report. You can book a Discovery Business Coaching session and Business Discovery Survey through any one of the forms of this page. In the Discovery session, we’ll get to know each other a little and I’ll get some insight into what stage you and your business are at, allowing me to tailor the next steps in the Five Steps to Discovery Process.

Next step:

Fill in the form below to book a free Discovery Business Coaching Session with me.

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Small Business Masterminds™ webinars

Business coaching programs, mentoring, advice, guidance. Australia

Click here for the full Masterminds page

Summary: What’s it all about:

Each of the Small Business Masterminds Foundation Webinars covers one of “The Truths” as featured in “The Ten Truths Trilogy” business books. The webinars are interactive and fast paced. Lots of valuable insights and resources will lead you to great clarity and insight and you’ll walk away with one or more simple practical steps that will start to change your business and your life. Watch any of the recorded Mastermind webinars here

Why it’s important for you:

The Small Business Masterminds Foundation webinars are free and the webinars will help you move past your key challenges in developing your business.

You will walk away with clarity, insight and focus and you’ll be able to implement one or more simple practical actions that will start to move you past your challenges in developing your business.

There are varying topics such as:

  1. The Purpose of Business
  2. Business Planning
  3. Keeping your finger on the Pulse of your business
  4. Time Management
  5. Why Fun is all that matters in business
  6. Sales,
  7. Marketing
  8. Continuous improvement
  9. Leadership
Next step:

Follow this link to read about this month’s webinar and book in. The Small Business Masterminds Foundation webinars are always free to allow you to check out how my Fun in business programs can change your life.

“In the brief 6 month period it took to complete Roland’s ‘Fun in business intensive for Small Business’ we transformed a small, work from home, Architecture practice into a beautiful new expanded vibrant business.”

(Mathew Stubbs, Stubbs Design Tribe)

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The Business Growth Clubs

Note: Growth Clubs are run by request by a minimum of 8 small business owners

The Business Growth Clubs Program is designed to provide small business owners with a true advisory board for their business.

Why it’s important to you:

Most small business owners feel overwhelmed and alone from time to time. There isn’t anybody to brainstorm and share stuff with. The Small Business Boards are small groups (max 6) of small business owners who commit to support each other and hold each other accountable  and come together for that purpose once a month.

Next step:
If you think you’d like to have a Board of your peers to support you and to hold you accountable to your Goals every month, follow this link to find out more

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Custom workshops and webinars

Note: On request, by application

I deliver customised powerful business development workshops and webinars on many topics from Fun in Business and Purpose to time management and Leadership to groups small business owners in various industries.

The workshops can and will be tailored to your needs.

More information here

“For the first time in 8 years I have been able to take a mid year holiday”.

(Andrew Kitchen, Lobster Software)

AR Why New Perspectives: My Beliefs, Aims and Principles

Why New Perspectives?

Why Business / Life Coaching?

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.

My Beliefs:

  • I believe most small business owners operate in a state of Overwhelm.
  • I believe each small business is as unique as its owner and hence building your own beautiful business is a process of unique discovery.
  • I believe that in business it is impossible to somehow separate the business from the life of the business owner.
  • I believe that profit can not be the ultimate Purpose of business.
  • I believe business is the vehicle with which to create a beautiful life and hence the vehicle must be in a good state, and well maintained. It needs fuel (profit is the fuel of the business vehicle) and the driver (the business owner) must learn how to drive the vehicle well.
  • I believe that the opposite of Scarcity is not Abundance, but rather “Enough”.

Why does New Perspectives Coaching exist?

To help small business owners Feel Great about Themselves and about their Business, by Making Business Fun.

How do I do that?

Through a mixture of Coaching, Counselling, Mentoring, Guidance, Advice, Support and Accountability

What do I offer?

Aims of The New Perspectives Fun in Business Intensive™

  • To help people Discover their own Beautiful Business and Life and then to help them Build it
  • To support Small Business Owners to have Fun in Business
  • To put small business owners back in control of their life and their business
  • To be a vehicle for change, challenge, excitement, growth and learning.

The New Perspectives Business / Life Coaching” Tagline:

Would you like to discover your own Beautiful Business and Life?

The “Core” or “Guiding Principles” of New Perspectives Business Coaching

  • I act in accordance with the International Coach Federation code of Ethics..
  • I have “Unconditional Positive Regard” for my clients.
  • I have a “Solutions Focus”.
  • Find the smallest difference that makes a difference
  • Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
  • My structures are based on delivering common projects.
  • I keep things as simple as possible, and no simpler.
  • I pursue all opportunities with passion and enthusiasm or not at all.
  • My time, knowledge, experience and energy are valuable and I charge for them appropriately.

Further reading about business life coaching and finding the right support for you

Click here to download my Free Guide to finding the perfect coach or mentor for you.