Welcome to what we all hope (especially me) will be an on-going feature in the Building Today magazine. Why do I hope it will be on-going? Well it’s good for the ego seeing your name in print and a great opener, “what do you do?” “I’m a writer……..” but besides making me feel better I am hoping to share with you endless tips on business coaching and some case studies from actual clients. Now I know you think you are very special and what you face is absolutely unique to you but trust me when I say most businesses, construction or otherwise are very similar in their wants, needs and concerns when it comes to the business side their business.
This being the first (fingers crossed) of many articles perhaps I should start with an introduction of me and then my company Trades Coaching New Zealand. I am in fact one of you, by that I mean a qualified carpenter and joiner by trade, however many people say I don’t look like one. This has always concerned me as I have never been sure which way to take that, do I look better or worse than a builder? Is being a builder a good look? I am sure it is in which case I wish I did look like you, however there was a builder called Dunk I came across recently and well let’s leave that there in case Dunk is a reader. So back to me 16 years on the tools, 12 of which were telling other people what to do with their tools, then a string of other businesses until after a short and hugely satisfying bout of semi-retirement (well not really just had no idea what to do next) I started a company called Business Coaching New Zealand. That was nearly 8 years ago and is still going great guns with over 100 clients past and current. It was while coaching a well-known and respected Northland construction firm that the owner said “you should take this concept to the construction industry”. I thought I had under the Business Coaching New Zealand banner but after further talks we came up with the idea of rather than a stuffy ex banker or accountant (apologies to all non-stuffy ex bankers or accountants) players in the construction industry would relate to better to one of their own. So Trades Coaching New Zealand was introduced to the unsuspecting construction industry. What is it? Well it’s Business Coaching New Zealand with a different name and different colours and the reason it can be the same is business coaching is all about the business side of any business. If we were coaching an engineer we would not tell them how to use a lathe, if it were an optician how to fix an eye, like wise for any trades we do not show you how to lay a drain, swing a hammer or paint a wall. What we do do and do extremely well is help you with all the other stuff that goes on somewhere in your office or perhaps the kitchen table.
The majority of trades companies throughout our land are owned and operated by trades’ men and women, this not being earth shattering news I’m sure. However for most of the owners they would have had the best possible training for their trade but very little training in how to run a business, yet run a business you do and quite successfully. With the help of a Trades Coaching New Zealand coach who not only understands your industry but has been trained in the art of business coaching we will show you that a construction company is more than building and the paperwork side is not something to fear or hide in a file but in fact the part of the business that can make you more profit than the build itself.
If you are now thinking, if we don’t build there is no money coming in so in my company paperwork takes second place! You will be right, sort of. Yes we have to build but if we can build and run an efficient, streamlined, well managed and - wait for it - profitable business, would you think again? Stay with me over the next couple of months and read the case studies and I bet there will be many out there in construction land that say “yep I know that feeling”.