Jef Lippiatt
Jef Lippiatt Owner at Startup Chucktown

Training and Development

What is the biggest challenge in coaching business owners?

When trying to coach existing business owners, what is the biggest challenge you face? Is it usually related to their attitude or inability to adapt to change?

Top voted answer
Lisa Ormenyessy

Lisa Ormenyessy, Business Coach and Marketing Specialist at

Hi Jef, A great question. Most business owners who come to see me for coaching are ready to change. The already have awareness that what they are currently doing is not working or they could be doing it even better.With marketing clients, at times, yes changing the way they see the way marketing works is often an initial (but small) hurdle. Seeing marketing as an investment rather than a cost once they understand their customers lifetime value is often a first step.My style is very 'educational' so while I may be pointing out a new way of doing things, I am also explaining the logic of it. This takes away a lot of the fear around change.Cheers, Lisa

Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

Thanks for the answer.

Warren Harmer

Warren Harmer, Owner at Crecer

Implementation is the most important component of any coaching program, but usually the most challenging. Usually the owners agree with the actions in the program, but constraints of time, discipline and money can so easily get in the way. To overcome this problem, I am very proactive, help them out when needed and keep the projects short and very specific.

It can't be overlooked, one of the biggest challenges working with small businesses is getting paid!