1-on-1 Coaching —
Excellence Doesn’t Happen by Accident.
The purpose of 1-on-1 business coaching is to help you build the business you want – whether your goal is to build your business to sell it, or just continue to grow it while reducing its reliance on you.
As a business and executive coach since 2005, I have coached over 1,000 business leaders to grow their bottom lines, build stronger teams, improve execution, and enjoy the ride to success.
All of my clients have one thing in common: you are already doing a lot of things right in your business… but you know you are capable of more.
One-on-one coaching programs are designed to help you close the gap between where your business is now compared to where you want it to go next. Our clients report an average growth of 31% year over year, and many go on to sell, acquire, or pass the business down to the next generation.
A coach can help you get there.
What is One-on-One Coaching?
A one-on-one coaching program involves regular meetings between you and your coach, focused on your business goals, challenges, and strategies to grow your business. Unlike a group coaching session or online course, these private sessions are customized to fit your needs, helping you make meaningful progress toward achieving your goals.
In one-on-one sessions, your coach will help you develop a plan of action and provide guidance and feedback as you work to reach those goals. Additionally, your coach will hold you accountable, and make sure you’re focused on the right things.
Do you want to. . .
Scale up your business in a systemized way?
Improve communication, and rise above the “noise” of the day-to-day?
Get your team on the same page, and aligned on clear priorities?
Apply for a Complimentary Coaching Session
Apply for a Complimentary Coaching Session
See what business owners and executives are saying about working with coach Karie Kaufmann
"Not only are revenues up 60%, my stress level and total work hours are down at least 50%. We immediately saw results on our bottom line within a month or two of working together. A year later, my whole world is different – in a good way! My only regret is that I was referred to her a full year prior to working with her, and I don't know why I waited so long. Highly recommended, worth every penny and more!"
Claire Akin, Indigo Marketing Agency
"Before working with Karie, my head was in the sand and I was not leading my team. Two years later, I am proud to say that I feel like the visionary and leader that my company needed. Not only has she taught me to be a leader but she works with my management team to take their skills to the next level, and our revenue has tripled. Karie is an investment I will never regret."
Ryan Landinguin, RL Therapy Group
“I worked with Karie for 9 years. My business was already on track to grow, but we ended up growing 25-30% year after year, and bought 3 other businesses along the way."
Dawn Carvajal, The Wild Thyme Company
“My business has never been better. What I have learned about systems, and not just learned but pushed to implement, has made a huge difference. I feel like I can breathe again. Most importantly, not being overrun by my business has afforded me more time to work on (not in) my business, which has made me a lot of money! And that's really the bottom line! Money well spent with Karie Kaufmann!"
Matthew McKinney, McKinney Pool Service
I started working with Karie as I was preparing to take over the family business from my father. I had worked in the business for 20 years, but it was a huge shift for me to become the CEO. Karie has helped us navigate the transitions, and not just maintain what my parents had built, but really take it to the next level. We’ve already accomplished so much, and I’m excited to be building a legacy for the next generation.
Ryan Stecklair, Family Interiors
"It was easy to decide to work with Karie once I saw her success rate with clients and also how she was successful in her own right. We surpassed our goal in the first year of working together, and have 10x'd the business over the next 5 years. Although I'm extremely excited about the success of the business, my greatest achievement working with Karie is the balance I’ve achieved in my life. I work half the hours I used to and vacation four times as much, while earning many multiples of what I used to. Quality of life is the greatest measure of success.”
Abhay Schweitzer, CEO, Techne
Benefits of Individual Coaching
Individual business coaching creates a greater sense of commitment and accountability. Because it’s personalized to your goals, you are more likely to take action and get the maximum benefit from each session.
Individual sessions also give you a safe space to identify your weaknesses or areas of improvement, so you can work in partnership with your coach to navigate the challenges, and develop the right strategies for business improvement.
While there are proven steps to business growth, a great coaching relationship means that your coach understands your unique circumstances and can provide tailored mentorship, helping you adapt and apply key business lessons.
1. What are the stages in a one to one coaching process?
A one-to-one business coaching process typically consists of six stages. These are:
1. Discovery. This is the due diligence process to establish fit between you, the coach, and the coaching program.
2. Alignment. This is about bringing the business into alignment with your bigger picture goals. In other words, we establish, what do you want your business to do FOR you, and how does it need to be setup to deliver those results.
3. Goal Setting. Next, we set specific goals with measurable outcomes. While coaching can be a significant financial investment, your targets should include making enough business improvements to begin getting a return on your investment within the first 17 weeks.
4. Action Planning. This is the process of breaking down your bigger picture goals into 90-day sprints. Each quarter we identify up to 5 priorities that are connected to the annual goals, and break them down step-by-step action items.
5. Coaching Sessions. These sessions generally take place one to four times per month. They are focused on implementing your plan and may involve training, problem solving, strategizing, or course correcting.
6. Evaluation/Reviews. Every 90-days we take time to reflect before making the new action plan. We evaluate progress, celebrate successes, assess what went well, what didn’t go according to plan, and what we can learn from it.
2. What does one-on-one coaching look like?
Once you and your coach have established your goals and created an action plan, coaching sessions are used to help you put it all into place. The coach will use active listening and questioning techniques to help the client identify areas of strength and weakness, assess progress, and develop strategies for success. It often involves training or professional development, such as improving communication, productivity, decision-making or leadership skills.
3. What can I expect from a 1 on 1 coaching?
One on one coaching sessions are a powerful tool to help you get the most out of your business. With individualized attention, you work with a coach to develop strategies, set goals, tackle challenges in real time, and grow.
Once your coach has an understanding of your business, they will help you map out your goals and plans, and take the right actions to grow your business.
You can expect the coaching process to be equal parts exciting and challenging, as your coach stretches your comfort zone, mindset and skillset, and holds you accountable to taking action. While growth can sometimes be uncomfortable, be sure to select a coach that you like and trust. Coaching skills are important, but your connection with your coach will ultimately make or break the success of the relationship.
4. What are Strategies for Better One-on-One Coaching
In order to have a successful coaching session, both the coach and coachee need to come prepared.
Our process involves setting action steps at each one-on-one session, and keeping track of your goals and commitments. Before every coaching session, you’ll submit your “focus sheet” outlining the status of your action items, along with some additional data and reflection questions.
Know in advance what you want to get out of the coaching session, so you and your coach can both come prepared to meet those objectives. And of course, effective communication is key – your coach can’t help you with what she doesn’t know. If you withhold information or are shy about sharing challenges, it will limit how effective your coach can be.
Lastly, keep in mind that, just like sports, coaching is really a 2-way relationship. Your coach will help you to improve, hone your skills, and set the winning strategy… but if you don’t put in the work, you won’t get results.
5. Group Coaching Versus One-on-One Coaching: What’s the difference?
Group coaching typically takes on more of a workshop-style approach, where you’ll receive instruction and guidance from the coach as part of a larger cohort. While this type of program is not necessarily customized to your business, it can be a great way to get feedback and learn from peers. Group coaching usually has a lower price point, and sessions generally range from weekly to monthly, depending on the program you select.
On the other hand, the benefit of one-on-one coaching is that it allows for more personalized attention and tailored advice that’s specific to you and your goals. One-on-one coaching is more expensive than other types of coaching programs, but be careful about price shopping, because in most cases the customized approach also delivers a higher return on investment.
6. What is The Right Timing for One-on-One Coaching Sessions?
The question I ask my clients is, “why do you need to change now?” Timing, or rather, your readiness for coaching, can mean the difference in the success or failure of the coaching partnership.
To help you decide if now is the best time for one-on-one coaching sessions, ask yourself questions like this:
1. Is there a specific goal I want to reach? The right coach can help you get there.
2. Am I willing to commit the resources — time, money and energy — that are needed to make this work? The more invested you are, the better results you will have.
3. Am I ready and willing to be challenged and make changes? The right coach will both challenge and encourage you, but change is easier said than done.
4. Do I have the support of those around me? Growth is a challenging journey, so having support from those closest to you will help you stay the course and become even more successful.
If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then now is a great time to reach out and apply for a complimentary coaching session.
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