“One who chases after two hares won’t catch even one.”(Japanese proverb)
One of my clients, founder and owner of an SME, often starts our sessions outlining the series of new business opportunities he is currently chasing. This is always a lengthy list and often different from the one I heard before.
This is the entrepreneurial way. By definition an entrepreneur is someone who sees opportunities which others do not fully recognize and has the singlemindedness to pursue these, sometimes in the face of considerable scepticism from others. They just know they are onto something and they are willing to put in the hard work and take the necessary risks to make it work.
A business coach can help the entrepreneur to sift through these opportunities, identifying and exploring barriers to success and creating pathways to bring them to reality.
A coach won’t pour cold water on anything, but neither will they uncritically back you up. Instead they will provide the time and space to enable you to think your ideas through, asking insightful questions such as: “How will this opportunity help you to reach your longer term goals for the business?”; “If you pursue this, what will the impact be on your existing clients?”; “What do you stand to lose/gain from taking this to the next step?”; “If you were sure that this would be successful, what is the first thing you would do?”.
A coach can help you decide which particular hares to chase, and work out how you are going to catch them.
If you want help to chase a hare please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org