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The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Business Coaching

Unless you’ve had personal experience with it, business coaching is probably a bit of a mystery. Do business coaches just walk in and fix the broken parts of your business? Are they only there to motivate and support, or do they get down in the weeds with you? In our 40+ years coaching owners to be entrepreneurs, we’ve cleared up a lot of confusion about what coaching is—and what it isn’t.

Topics: Coaching, Leadership, EMyth

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It's Time to Stop Putting Off Organizing Your Business

I met with my client, Paul, earlier this week. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, it had been three weeks since our last meeting. I was looking forward to reviewing with him his list of Key Strategic Indicators that he’d committed to delivering – the critical, quantifiable reference points he’ll use to track the health of his business and his progress towards his stated goals. An hour before our call, nothing had been posted. Not a good sign.

Topics: Strategic Planning, Coaching, Management

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The Rewarding Risk of a Career Transition

The first of the year is a good time to step back and take stock of our lives. The New Year seems to give us permission to look at the big picture—our families, our relationships, our careers, dare I say—our dreams? We may ask ourselves questions like: “Am I doing what I truly love? Is my career feeding my life?” Maybe there’s just a nagging voice of discontent that pops into your mind while you’re furtively checking email at your daughter’s choir recital, or slumping over your keyboard to finish an email while your friends toast the New Year.

Topics: Coaching, Values

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Whoooo Are you? Who? Who?.... Who? Who?

Building a Coaching Relationship with Integrity


I have been a fan of The Who for 38 years. I love their music and their powerful contribution to rock and roll, but above all, I love the strength of their message. To me, the music of The Who is about integrity and being true to yourself.

Topics: Coaching, Values

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"Coach" Is No Small Word

With the launch of Evoke 2014, we're shifting gears today to honor business coaches - those in our network and others from around the world. As an EMyth follower, you understand the value of coaching and mentoring, but sometimes it can be hard to describe what these incredible people really do, who they 'are' in the life of a business owner. If you're a coach or advisor or looking to become one, I hope you'll join me Thursday for this free video recording on growing your practice. For now, let's start with a few ideas about the 'stuff' that great coaches are made of:

Topics: Coaching

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Shouldn’t your business coach be better at marketing than you are?

Shouldn't business coaches have a great business of their own? How much can they really help you if they're teaching but not doing? And by doing, I mean working on their business the way they say you should be working on yours.

Topics: EMyth, Brand, Coaching

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Don't Hire A Business Coach Who Can't Answer These 7 Questions

Don't you just hate the emails and cold calls (not to mention the social media spam) from business coaches trying to convince you they have all the answers to why your business isn't growing? Next time they call, turn the tables.

Topics: Coaching

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Money is Not One of the Top Three Reasons Entrepreneurs Start Their Business

Second Annual State of the Business Owner Report Reveals that the Top Three Factors that Motivate Entrepreneurs to Start their Business are Freedom, Passion and Independence

For today’s entrepreneurs, starting a business is not all about the money. According to the 2013 State Of The Business Owner (SOBO) Report, announced today by business coaching leader EMyth, the top three reasons today’s entrepreneurs start their business are: freedom to pursue new opportunities; following their personal passion; and, to gain independence from other’s control. Money, in fact, ranks fourth. EMyth commissioned the State Of The Business Owner project, now in its second year, and surveyed more than 1,700 business owners to gain insights into the real challenges that small and midsize businesses face on a daily basis.

Topics: EMyth, Strategic Planning, Coaching

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Help Is Not A Four Letter Word

What is it about asking for help, or about accepting it when it's offered, that is so hard? Especially for business leaders, where did we get the idea that admitting our weaknesses and accepting that we have blind spots is perceived as a fatal flaw - something we have to hide or deny in order to have business success?

Topics: Coaching

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Now You Can Always Ask A Coach

It's a big day for us. We just launched an important new feature on the EMyth Platform. We think it's a big deal, and we wanted to tell you why.

Topics: EMyth, Coaching

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