The original idea behind Tabono was to create a space where women in business could find support when they needed it, in a way that works for them. They can find this in our community if they are looking to connect with their peers. In our consultancy practice if they are looking to put our expertise to work in their business. But particularly if they are looking to take their business to the next level, they can find it through business coaching. In this blog we’ll explore the role of a business coach and how this translates when you choose to grow your business with Tabono.

To start though, here’s a quote from one of our recent clients – the wonderful Tracy Hammond:

You have got me to where I am now and I cannot thank you enough … at times kicking and screaming but I did it!!!

Tracy Hammond, Personal Assistant

What is the role of a business coach?

Business coaching with Tabono is delivered by Anna – our co-founder, and is routed in her experience working with businesses ranging from large multi-nationals to the smallest and newest of start-ups across a broad spectrum of industries. You can read more about her here.

Additionally, we don’t follow a set programme or direction for our coaching. You don’t have to have achieved a specific milestone in your journey or have a particular definition of success in mind, to get started. Instead, Anna takes the time to listen to you, and to create a completely bespoke approach to your partnership.

Despite the fact though, that our programme is highly personalised, all clients benefit from the various roles that a business coach can provide, regardless of their business objectives. But what are these roles? Read on, and find out!

1. Cheerleader

One of the first roles of a business coach, and perhaps one of the key reasons why you might choose to engage one, is to have a cheerleader. Someone in your corner. Someone who will be behind you, every step of the way. Encouraging you to push forward and challenge yourself. And of course, celebrating with you when the hard work pays off!

2. Challenger

Where the Cheerleader role is about positive encouragement and reinforcement, the Challenger is about helping you to see things differently. This might be about challenging your decision-making and playing a little devil’s advocate. Or it might be about pushing you to go just that little bit further when it comes to your potential or to stretching your boundaries and comfort zones.

3. Connector

When we work with clients, we want to make our connections and networks available to you too! Choosing to sub-contract the parts of your work that you don’t enjoy, or that don’t play to your strengths, can be a very sound business decision. So if you’re looking for a particular kind of support with things like social media, admin, or even funding, just let us know!

4. Sounding Board

We talk a lot on this blog about how being a solopreneur can be extremely lonely. And you know what? Having a business coach can be a great way to balance that out. A key role of a business coach is to give you a great sounding board, whether you’re looking to brainstorm new ideas or simply get a second opinion.

5. Accountability

The fifth role of a business coach is to hold you accountable. You might have a great session with your coach, but if you don’t follow through, it becomes relatively meaningless. Why? Because if you don’t have a mechanism to be held accountable, taking action afterwards is by no means guaranteed. A key reason for this is because when we are not held accountable, we are effectively leaving the door open for doubt and procrastination to creep in.

Do you need a business coach?

Maybe one of the roles of a business coach, as described above, speaks to you most strongly. Perhaps you’re in need of them all! But if any aspect of the above resonates with you, and if you’re ready to commit to bold action to take your business forward, it might well be time you started your business coaching journey.

But before you dive straight in, remember that coaching is a long term relationship. Therefore, the most crucial thing is that whoever you choose to work with is a good ‘fit’ for you and your business. If you’re going to welcome a coach to your ‘team’, you need to make sure that you’re on the same page. So why not book a Discovery Call with me and see if I’m the right coach for you? I’d love to hear more about your plans and see how we might work together!