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The Six Disciplines Blog

Friday, February 14, 2014

Do You Need a Consultant, or a Business Coach?

What is 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:

  • Business coaches provide business leaders with awareness, education, and accountability through regularly scheduled coaching sessions and other proven, best-practices business performance 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 leads them to discover 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 EVERY business needs a business coach.

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Since 2005, the Six Disciplines blog offers posts about performance excellence, strategy execution, business coaching, leadership development, innovation, and business process improvement. This blog has received prestigious awards for leadership and management and has been syndicated by several major media sources.