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When the Student is Ready…

by Neil Phillips on October 19, 2009

Coach with students The teacher, or this case—coach—will appear.  I’ve always seen coaching as an effort to draw the best out of my client.  Since I work with people who are fully employed, their time is valuable and we focus on their goals and needs.  

What would the situation be if client was a “blank slate” with no other commitments than to become a fully fledged entrepreneur?  Imagine a twenty-something college graduate seeking a coach to help them become a successful business owner.  The mind fairly reels at the questions:

  • Is this coaching or mentoring or both?
  • What is not included in this type of coaching?
  • How will you ever determine an ROI or success?
  • Why not just get an MBA?

Interestingly, I read a recent article in the Coaching Commons that was a report from the South African Times (read the full article here).  A father has engaged a coach for his two college seniors to help them prepare to become entrepreneurs.

I would love to be able to follow this story from the future.  When Lyn and I wrote our book, The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, we had a difficult time identifying the core attributes of an entrepreneur and our research showed that we were not alone in this difficult quest.  I hope the money is being well spent.

What do you think?  As you look backwards on your business, could you predict what you should have done to be a successful entrepreneur?


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 Center and Twitter.

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