4 Steps to Scale-up Your Business Successfully

Scaling-up business is a dream of every Entrepreneur. Yet only 4% of Business Owners are able to grow and scale-up their businesses.

Seemingly there’s no lack of intent. Then what’s preventing Entrepreneurs and Business Owners from scaling-up their Business?

Working with Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and CEOs for more than 17 years helping them scale-up their businesses, I have seen and experienced that Scale-up is a possibility for every business – if we get certain basic aspects right in the business! I am sharing those in this article.

6 Leadership Coaching tips to improve business performance

Leading the team and business to optimal performance is a continuing challenge to CEOs and Business Leaders – especially in these VUCA times.

The good news is that today we have multiple support systems available to create, build, and enhance our leadership skills that are appropriate to face the respective challenges – including one-on-one leadership coaching with the help of a Business Leadership Coach.

Leadership Coaching helps leaders enhance their leadership presence, and helps them gain clarity to do what’s needed.

7 Ways CEOs Could Enhance Their Leadership Presence

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Leadership presence helps leaders heighten their influence, their impact. Growing leadership presence therefore makes immense sense; and it’s possible for CEOs and Business Leaders to enhance and grow their leadership presence working with experienced Leadership Coaches.

Working with a variety of CEOs and Business leaders, I’ve seen developing leadership skills, growing leadership as a conscious process, is a possibility. Often it involves practicing enhanced leadership presence.

Here are 7 ways one could enhance their leadership presence:

  1. Being present: first and foremost is ‘to be there’ – in whole; every moment. ‘Wherever you are, make sure you’re there’ said Dan Sullivan.
  2. Listening: Ability to listen enhances leadership 

How Leaders Could Benefit From Working With A Business Leadership Coach!

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Business leaders have the potential, and more importantly possibilities, to create significant positive impact on their businesses, their people, and the society at large. Yet many feel they are not able to create the impact that they want to create.

What’s preventing us from creating the impact that we want to create? What’s preventing us from doing what we know we need to do? What’s preventing us from being ‘the Leader’ that we want to be?

Reasons vary. Often, they’re internal.

One of the key aspects is that Business Leaders feel lonely at the top – not having any one to freely express their ideas, thoughts, challenges; to share their views, fears,…

Leading a Scale-up Business

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Recently a Business Leader asked me how’s it different to lead a Scale-up business vis-a-vis a normal (growing) business?

It’s like driving in a highway vis-a-vis driving within the city.

  1. A moment of distraction can cause havoc in the highway (for self and others), whereas in the city one may manage to get away with a few dents and bruises. Scale-up requires increased levels of focus, attention, and ability to manage distractions.
  2. A drive in the highway requires higher levels of preparation, at multiple levels – the vehicle readiness, robust mechanical condition, well-lubricated joints, proper fluid levels, ability to refuel. Scale-up requires adequate and thorough preparation at multiple levels. (For a drive in the city, one may manage with lesser levels of preparation).

CEO Coaching - How CEOs, Business Owners Could Make Use Of It

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Often Business Owners and CEOs feel lonely at the top! Rarely do they get to share their deeper thoughts, and inner feelings with someone; seldom they get a chance to express their original thoughts, or bounce-off their ideas with any one.

At the same time, they are faced with multiple challenges on a daily basis. On varied fronts, of different types.

CEO trainings, peer network, books and journals may help to some extent understand different perspectives discuss, debate, understand; a safe environment because the CEO Coach is un-vested and non-judgmental, and Coaching conversations are held at high levels of confidentiality.

Working with a CEO Coach, CEOs are able to:

  • explore their original thoughts (without inhibitions)
  • reflect themselves, ‘look at the mirror’

Where to play? Insights from a Scaleup Coach

Research shows only 4% of the businesses scaleup successfully. There’s a reason why they do – they activate the Scaleup Enablers in their businesses!

One of them is choosing ‘Where to play’. Choosing where to play, or Positioning, is one of the key enablers for a successful scaleup.

Scaleup leaders need to be strategic here. As a Business Owner one may seem to have a choice to play anywhere. Scaleup Leadership is about making that choice. Consciously. With care.

How Executive Presence Coaching Helps Leaders Take Better Decisions!

Leaders make choices, take decisions. And quality of those decisions determine the future of business, its people.

Decision making is never easy – lack of clarity, changing conditions and a host of things make decision making process quite a complex affair.

How to improve quality of our decisions?

Executive Presence Coaching helps.

6 Leadership Coaching Insights That Leaders Could Make Use Of!

Being a Leader requires constant practice to build and enhance their Leadership Presence. Enhanced Leadership Presence enables them to exert influence on others beyond that’s conferred by formal authority.

Working with a range of Leaders over the past 18+ years, I’ve had many insights on Leadership Presence – some of which am sharing here:

  1. Being Present, Curious, Authentic, Consistent, Trustworthy, Resolute and Resilient significantly contributes to building and enhancing one’s Leadership Presence.
  2. Leadership is about being decisive, and taking decisions in-time. A recent survey found, among CEOs fired over issues related to decision making, only a third lost their jobs due to bad decisions; the rest were ousted for being indecisive. Taking decisions and keep moving at the right pace is crucial for a Leader.

6 Best CEO Coaching Outcomes for CEOs who move!

Many high-performing CEOs choose to work with a CEO Coach . The intent is to become the best, most effective CEO that they can be. CEO Coaching assists those in Leadership positions in carrying out their role with impact and effectiveness.

Often CEOs aspire to grow their business and have ideas as to where they want to go; what they need to do; even what they need to become, to facilitate that journey. Yet, are unable to make that move for a variety of reasons.

CEO Coaching helps CEOs make that move – enabling them to go from where they are, to where they want to be! It requires a move, not a change, for (only) a move helps sustaining it.

One may wonder how this Coaching CEOs works, and how it creates such a significant impact on Leaders.

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