Growing in the Right Way
By Sara Hurd

After our first issue of Business Coaching Worldwide, we received some helpful feedback from one of our readers, Ellen Dorian. She asked us to continue to offer relevant content to business coaches who work with small to medium enterprises. We've taken that feedback to heart in this issue. 

Business coaches have an important role as they help businesses and their executives, managers and employees grow and transition. Our "Success Story" profiles one such story, as does our "Movers and Shakers" interview with Michelle Boyea of The Home Depot. Also in this issue, Christina Madrid offers guidance to small businesses owners who are just beginning to grow their businesses and add employees, and Sylva Leduc suggests a strategy for entrepreneurs who are just starting to realize they need help to manage their businesses.

As a business faces growth, one of the biggest concerns of its leader or leaders is growing in the right way. There are so many things to consider: adding employees, managing increased demand for products and services, developing new products and services, branching into new markets. And at the same time, many leaders have a great desire to remain true to the core mission and values of the business while they change and evolve. In addition, there are often new rules, regulations and requirements for the business as it grows. 

Staying on top of what needs to happen while at the same time keeping centered can be a big challenge for a business owner who is facing growth. Fortunately, business owners don't need to go it alone. They can surround themselves with business coaches, mentors, advisors, and quality employees. If you are a small or medium-sized business leader, consider your existing support team. Who can you add to your support team to be a thinking partner, helping you maintain your focus and clarity as you navigate the transitions that await you? What resources do you need to bring in to help you understand what you need to do to grow your business in the right way? If you're wise, you'll consider these questions well before growth is upon you. Doing so can help you prepare to grow in the right way, at the right time, with the right people by your side.

Sara Hurd, BS, CFCC, is editor of Business Coaching Worldwide. She coaches small business owners through her company Keyway Strategies, and since 1998 has been a coach and coach trainer for Franklin Covey Coaching, Legacy Learning and Professional Education Institute. Read more about Sara in the WABC Coach Directory. Sara may be reached by email at BCW Editor.


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