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Time to Open The Coach Toolkit

by Neil Phillips on September 28, 2009

Entrepreneur Jumping OffOn behalf of Lyn and myself, I am pleased to welcome you to the Coach Toolkit.  Our goal is to extend the concepts, strategies, and possibilities that are started in our book, The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit: A Self-Coaching Guide to Small Business.

 This blog is a joint effort on our part to share what we feel and know about coaching, particularly self coaching for entrepreneurs.  The entrepreneurs, as a group, want to follow their own path to their own visions.  Lyn and I have both discovered that much of our coaching is helping them to frame their own questions.  What should you expect here?

Thought Starters. Coaching taps into our ability to visualize and plan for the future.  We want to give some opportunities to explore your future possibilities.  For example, we often talk about finding your emotional “why” and your material “why” so that you can find a place in your business world to live your passion.  What if we have it backwards?  Could we consider taking our passion to every job?  Just asking you to think about it.

Varied Opinions.  We sometimes disagree and want you to take the opportunity to share your opinion.  One of our goals is to “improve the quality and quantity of coaching available to entrepreneurs.”  We don’t always see eye-to-eye on what that statement means.  Believe me when I say that you will come to see and appreciate the differences between us.  You will have the opportunity to choose what fits your situation, try it on for size, and wear it like a second skin.  If you want to add your voice, we welcome your comments and guest postings.

New Tools.  If we don’t try something new, we won’t get anything new, right?  A SWOT analysis is a great tool for entrepreneurs.  Have you tried to visualize a hedgehog?  There’s more to come.

Book Reviews.  Coaches read (a lot).  We want to share the good, the bad, and the ugly with you.  Right now, I’m working hard to finish Li and Bernoff’s groundbreaking book on Groundswell.

Much more.  You will find shout-outs for other blogs, hurrahs for coaching achievements, new credentials, new coaches joining our ranks, and about anything you can imagine about coaching entrepreneurs.

Watch us.  Like most entrepreneurial ventures, we hope to learn as we grow.  Please follow, join the dialogue, or just watch the changes that happen to us along the way.  

About the Author: Neil Phillips is a founding partner of Team Connections and Director of the DSWA Coach Excellence program.  Get more from Neil on his Direct Selling Notebook , the DSWA Coaching and Twitter.

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