My professional background
I am variously an enabler, a catalyst, a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a facilitator and a new pair of eyes and ears.
I make no assumptions about your potential or limitations so I listen very carefully and absorb your needs, values and aspirations.
I trust my instincts, skills, experience and intelligence as tools that can help you to be successful. I also have a huge (and growing) toolbox of methods and ideas to share. I love to learn, and I draw on a wide variety of sources to find ideas that really work.
I believe in working in partnership along the path towards your success, although you must take your own decisions and make your own commitment to action. This means that in the end everything that you achieve belongs completely to you.
I like to have some fun along the way. I like to ask questions that cause you to think and see things in new ways. I have a heart as well as a brain and get passionate about what I do whilst maintaining objectivity and professionalism.
I thrive on seeing people create much better futures for themselves, and especially during those “light bulb” moments when they suddenly see, feel or understand things in a new way.
My approach is holistic and most importantly, is focussed around your goals and values. It is after all, your business.
It has been described as "a personal trainer for business".
I find that most people love what they do. They provide amazing services. But they don’t necessarily fully understand how to run their business, and they think something must be wrong with them personally.
Nothing’s wrong with them! It’s just that no one has ever taught them what to do!
The old model of business is “work hard and get people to buy your stuff.” The new model is Authenticity, Service and Wealth.
When you learn to create your business in the new model, people thank you for being successful. They thank you for who you are and what you’ve created. (You get to thank them too!)
How to work with me
What I can offer
Guidance on how to bring ideas into reality: How to establish business processes that drive results. How to build a learning organization. Coaching on strategy development, road-mapping, change management, and business excellence. I spend a good deal of time coaching leaders on how to fix problems and establish structures to bring predictability and order to their operations.
Assistance in fundraising, Scaling up Sound financial health and valuation Business plan, marketing plan with pitch-deck, Product validation, Community building.
I want to share what I have learned as an entrepreneur. The mindset that has given me so many wonderful opportunities and the creativity that has allowed me to face every problem even when I have had very limited resources to face them.
My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship
Working with someone who wants to learn. I'm very interested in people who want to succeed and also want to create an environment where others can succeed as well.
I ask a lot of questions, sometimes uncomfortable ones. My goal is to help people generate a clear picture of the realities they are dealing with, including themselves. I want to help bring their strengths - business and personal - to light so they can be leveraged, and I also want to dive deep into their weaknesses and help them figure out what to do with those.
If you don't have a sense of humor, I'm the wrong guy!
Trust, respect, and cooperation. Honesty and an open mind. The most important thing is not to just follow any advice given but to question yourself and your ideas and find logic in what you decide to do. My expectation for a successful mentoring relationship is active communication, motivation and a self-drive to learn and succeed. I am an open book and I want to help everyone to success but the ones that will truly experience success in their business are ones that are not looking for a hand out and are looking for guidance.
How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start
Find out the problem they are solving at large and their solution for it. They should have invested their time and money in the project. Validate their product or idea. Read a lot, and be open minded. The first and most important factor is be confident and strong willed enough to take constructive criticism and see it as a way to grow. Next, make sure that you have your business plan prepared and be ready to answer many different questions. Lastly, be a self-starter and self-motivated.
• Have a vision for what you'd like to achieve. • Think about the problem you are trying to solve or the thing you're trying to bring into reality. • Be prepared to tell me your story - I'll be interested in it. • Also be prepared to let me know if I'm helping or not - I'm still working on getting better.