Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Difference Between A Business Coach And A Consultant

What's the difference between a business coach and a consultant?

A consultant completes projects for you based on their own technical expertise. Often, a consultant will provide suggestions and direction for what needs to be fixed, however, rarely will they help the business leader actually implement the fix.

A business coach guides you in growing your business:
  • Provides business owners with awareness, education, and accountability through regularly scheduled coaching sessions and other business success tools.
  • Instead of getting paid for billable hours or project work like consultants, business coaches get paid for the value they deliver to clients.
  • Business coaches help business owners become aware of their blind spots and the possibilities in their business.
  • Business coaches provide information to help build business best practices and close the gaps and accountability to meet performance objectives.

BOTTOMLINE: Not every business needs a consultant, but virtually every business can benefit from a business coach.  With all of the advances in technology, quality programs, and behavioral performance management, you'd think we'd all inherently be better at formulating strategy, communicating our vision, producing project plans, and executing our plans.

Thanks to Skip Reardon / Six Disciplines, LLC.


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