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Effective coaching & mentoring helps individuals to set and achieve goals, improve focus & performance, and bring their best to the office. Whether you’re just starting out on your own, leading a small team, or the manager of a bigger organisation, getting the support you need to stay focused and move your agency forward is critical.
Many of my clients find that our monthly coaching sessions are tremendous for creating accountability - which is often lacking when you’re the boss! This means that they actually complete the activities that will move their agency forward, rather than getting bogged down working in the business instead of working on it.
Typically, I meet with clients for 2-4 hours per month for a set period of time (usually 6-12 months) to work on a specific project. This is a cost-effective way to get the support you need to move your business forward. However, if your budget is limited (or you’re overseas) then we can communicate using Skype. This is great because it lets us talk frequently for short periods. Additionally, it means I can help you with your business even if you’re not within a reasonable distance.
Coaching & mentoring is very effective if you’re:
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I work with clients across the London and South East including Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.
Some questions I often get asked:
This is incorrect. Does a top sportsman or woman only use a coach when his game is bad? Of course not! He has a coach with him all the time to focus his game, perform at his peak and help him achieve his goals. The same is true in your business and for you. According to a recent report published by gov.uk, companies that seek external support are 94% more likely to successfully grow.
I typically work with clients on a monthly basis. Face to face I typically meet once a month for 2-3 hours. Skype clients can be once or twice a month for 1-3 hours.
This is enough time to do some meaningful work but not so much that it becomes intrusive on your 'day job'. You get a set of notes from me with clear actions that you need to complete before our next session. You also get access to all the relevant tools and templates that will help move the coaching process forward.
Good question and it varies from client to client. Some clients need a specific piece of work completing and want a coach/mentor to help drive that forward, so could be just for 6 months. Some want a trusted advisor by their side so the intervention can be longer.
A minimum time you should commit to is 3-months. This will allow us to do some meaningful work together.
It varies depending on your need and HOW the coaching is delivered. Drop me a message and I will send you my 'Working with Rob' document that gives you more details on how the coaching partnership will work,
We've been working with Rob for many years now and over that time he has acted as a 'north star', keeping us on track and guiding us through growing our business. Rob has helped us deal with many challenges, everything from being recognised as a valued partner to clients, to dealing with the inevitable HR headaches. Rob's balanced advice has enabled us to make difficult decisions with confidence and has resulted in a more honed and profitable business
I went to Rob for coaching to help me decide which direction to take my business in. Rob applied a structured approach that enabled me to determine the best areas to focus on and the types of clients I should pursue. His advice was practical and easy to implement and he was a pleasure to work with. He was also an excellent sounding board when I had difficult decisions to make. I particularly valued the fact that he had previous experience in my sector. I have recommended Rob to friends and will continue to do so.
Rob supported me and my newly formed management team meet the challenge of moving from a start-up to established business. He provided accessible, practical insights and tools to help build the strategy, structure, processes and organisational culture we needed to scale our business as well as being a trusted source of advice and support for the personal demands of a leadership role.
I founded my business on my own and after 6 years of extremely hard work for very slow growth (3 people), things had stagnated. I needed to work out a way to either make my company work or get out. Rob helped me think through what I wanted and how to get there. It was great to have someone who has been in a similar situation to talk to about these issues. We have since been able to grow and recruit more people. We are now very profitable and thriving, I cannot recommend Rob highly enough and could not possibly manage without him.
After a number of successful years, we wanted move into the next phase of our growth by redefine our offering. Rob has been instrumental in helping us understand where we are now and where we want to be, and the tools and processes that we need to get there. Not only do we now have an exciting next chapter, but I have personally learnt so much from working with Rob during this process. He now really feels like part of the Ambleglow family.
Rob has been a 'critical friend' to me and my business for some years. A couple of years ago he knew I was struggling with defining my services and positioning and that my business was suffering as a result. He asked me one simple question that immediately gave me clarity, direction and a sense of purpose in my business, and set me on the road to my current success, running a business with a six figure turnover, travelling the world doing something I love and get well paid for it. What was that one question? You'll need to work with Rob to find out.
Sometimes you need to take time out in a structured way to think about your business. It is very easy to get sucked into the day to day running and not have enough thinking time. By working with Rob, not only did we have that time, but it was structured and focused. Rob introduced us to useful models and approaches and helped us to think about how to shape the business.
We’ve worked with Rob for many years. Originally when my agency was very small - to help create (and keep on track) a business plan. Now he works with some of my team as well as the Directors, Rob challenges our thinking and provides different solutions to put into the mix. We’d happily recommend him.
I founded my business on my own and after 6 years of extremely hard work for very slow growth (3 people), things had stagnated. I needed to work out a way to either make my company work or get out. Rob helped me think through what I wanted and how to get there. It was great to have someone who has been in a similar situation to talk to about these issues. I pretty quickly found a partner for the company which made a huge difference to me personally. We have since been able to grow and recruit more people. We are now very profitable and thriving, and have broken into a new market that we had wanted to work in for some time. He is also doing personal coaching for a key member of our team which has been very beneficial for all of us. I cannot recommend Rob highly enough and could not possibly manage without him.
Our agency has a very specific growth target for the next three years. We engaged Rob to help us break down our target into manageable monthly actions, to sharpen our competitive edge and to crack the whip so that we remain accountable. It's still early days but already the sessions that Rob has chaired have yielded positive outcomes - most importantly an engaged management team who are focused on delivering a series of tasks towards fulfilling our quarterly targets and annual goal.
I worked with Rob to help with the direction, structure and development of my communications agency. Rob helped me to define exactly what I wanted from the agency and how I wanted it to evolve. He helped me to focus in on the actual issues I was experiencing rather than my perception of the issues. Rob helped me to develop a strategy to overcome these issues and put a plan in place to build the agency in a way that i wanted to work, rather than focus on what was expected of an agency. Since working with Rob I've managed to implement the majority of the steps that he recommended and i now have a structure and process that not only works for me and my family, but has helped me to bring in a team to suit that way of working and clients that appreciate our strengths. I'm also much better at turning work down and focusing on clients that fit our ethos. This is not a natural process for an agency owner, but it is hugely beneficial for both team satisfaction and turnover. I recommend Rob highly, he understands how agencies work through his own experience and he bases his consultancy on what works for the person as well as the business.
I had to restructure my company after my business partner decided to leave, and the process of having to scale back and uncertainty of continuing in a new form was daunting. I love the project work and our team, but I was disheartened about running a business after a prolonged period of disruption. Rob challenged and supported me to explore how I wanted to move forward and helped me realise I want to grow the business again. He's also helped me develop better practices around team management and client contact. I'm delighted the business and I are now both thriving again - and this couldn't have been possible without Rob's careful input, advice and experience.
As an established independent consultant, I was starting to get a seven-year itch. I wanted a clearer idea of where I was taking my business and I was struggling to articulate a vision for myself. That's when I came to Rob. He was invaluable. He made me consider my options and explore each in detail. It quickly became apparent which I was most passionate about. From there, he helped me clarify it in a meaningful way - so it would motivate my target market, and so it would be profitable. My new proposition has been a huge success and has led to fascinating new work with new clients. Rob has been a big part of making this happen.
As a self-employed dentist running a business is an additional challenge over above the clinical work. Rob was able to help us develop focus, vision and learn how to develop the management team and the art of delegation. As a small business owner himself, he really understood all of the challenges we faced and helped us work through them.
Rob is an excellent coach who worked with us on a number of key things including billings against targets, staffing issues, developing our vision which really helped define our 3-5 year strategy and regularly reviewing where we're at with our plan. He's an experienced coach, personable, and i would highly recommend him.
Rob helped me move my pricing approach from a time-based model to a value-based model. It took a bit of convincing and courage but he was right to encourage me in this direction.
The impact has been HUGE and we have seen our profits increase by 66% in just 12 months.
I have been working with Rob since founding my business three years ago. I chose him thanks to a personal recommendation from a colleague who had worked with Rob and also because he had experience of running his own successful agency in the past. Rob's coaching has helped me gain clarity on how I want my business to develop and given me a clear sense of direction. I can also think of several occasions where Rob's advice has enabled me to win a client I would not otherwise have won and also to charge higher fees than I would otherwise have done. I genuinely believe my business would not be where it is today without Rob's input.
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