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"If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there'd be millions of no-brained, harebrained, and otherwise dubiously brained individuals quitting their day jobs and hanging out their own shingles."
- Bill Rancic, winner on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice"


It's the big dream for many of us -- owning our own business.

And why wouldn't it be? After all, when you own your own business you no longer have to answer to anyone! You're the boss. You get to do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. It's an exhilarating and exciting feeling.

Of course, there are always two sides to everything. In order to experience that freedom, you must be able to survive as a business entity. Easier said than done. Statistics on small business consistently show that more than a third fail during their first year, and close to nine out of ten fail before their tenth year.

And what sends them to their demise? According to Dun & Bradstreet, over 88% of all business failures are related to "management mistakes".

Yikes! As Pogo, the famous cartoon character of years ago, used to say, "We have met the enemy, and he is us"!

The problem is that while most owners are smart and have good experience, skills and abilities in key areas of their businesses, few have any training in the fundamental skills required to run a small business or professional practice. As a result, they are quite susceptible to making all kinds of mistakes.

You're probably aware of some of the classic types of mistakes that can put a company out of business, such as not having enough financial reserves or not having a good plan to market the business.


You may not be as aware, however, of what I call "stealth" mistakes: those that fly completely under the business owner's radar. Stealth mistakes usually stem from the owner's "baggage": his or her personal likes, dislikes, prejudices, blind spots, fears or personality quirks. As an example, you've probably seen situations where an employee, perhaps because he or she is in an important position, has a lot of sway over the owner; to the point where the employee is allowed to get away with behaviors that are abusive to others or disruptive to the organization. What the owner can't see is that by condoning such behavior, he may be creating a very damaging morale situation, one that is likely to result in a cascade of turnover and other problems in the future.

Stealth mistakes may not have serious repercussions immediately, but they can gradually erode a company's foundation.

Businesses are fraught with situations that are ripe for stealth mistakes. Which is why I think every business owner ought to have a coach to help uncover and address potential mistakes before they bear serious consequences.

When I became a full-time coach in 1998, it was only natural that small business owners were one of the groups I felt most drawn to help. After all, I had owned several businesses over a period of 25 years. In addition, for 10 years, I had participated in a roundtable-coaching group of small business owners. We met once a month, all day long, to give and get advice on our most pressing issues. It was in this environment that I really began to see how prevalent stealth mistakes are, and what they could do to small businesses.

Bottom line, all of that experience, combined with my formal coach training, has given me unique insight into knowing how to coach business owners and professionals through their day-to-day challenges and opportunities.


  1. Reduce isolation by getting an outside perspective
  2. Gain a sounding board and accountability partner whose only agenda is your agenda
  3. Get clarity around business issues and quickly get to the heart of problems
  4. Help develop leadership skills, manage change more effectively
  5. Get help in dealing with problem employees
  6. Improve decision-making ability, reduce overwhelm, re-establish balance
  7. Address productivity or profitability issues and make more money
  8. Develop a simplified business plan to guide decision-making
  9. Get help with goal setting, organization and time management
  10. Develop structures and systems to stay focused on top priorities
  11. Get help with personal blind spots and self-defeating behaviors
  12. Get a start-up business off the ground

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"You are a good listener. Non-judgmental and non-threatening, yet tenacious. Underneath this mild-mannered man is a very fearless entrepreneur."
Gary Barnett, Senior Account Manager
Atlanta, Georgia

Coaching Specialties
ADD / ADHD Coaching for Business Professionals | Career Coaching l Coaching For Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners and Professionals l Executive Coaching l Coaching For Highly Creative Types l Wellness Coaching For A Healthier Lifestyle

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