The Business Coach That Lost and Found a Secret

Have you ever felt that the business you’re running just isn’t quite working? Or certainly not as well as it could be and certainly not the business your hard work truly deserves.

Are you spinning way too many plates, working long hours, don’t have enough time, you’re feeling overwhelmed and not really sure where to go next?

Or there’s a frustration that you aren’t getting the money that we deserve for all the hard work and effort we are constantly putting in.

Maybe your business and personal relationships are just starting to get in a bit of a mess because the business you HAVE is not the business you WANTED. It’s not what you signed up for when you started your businesses, is it?

I’ve been there. Done that. Got The T-Shirt. Succeeded. Crashed and burned. Got up again. And did what needed to be done to get where I wanted to be. (perhaps they’ll write that on my headstone when I’m gone?!) And I had to find the better ways and the secret ways to running a business I could be proud of the hard way.

Marc Ford Business Coach in Oadby, Leicestershire East Midlands. Not Your Typical Business Coach - Over 20 Years Experience, Business Owner, Author of 5 Business Books - find out more here

Your Best Kept Business Secret… if you’d like me to be.

Back in 2015 I became a full-time, self employed business coach. I’d done 20 years in corporate businesses, working my way up from part-time fruit and veg assistant, to store manager, to trouble shooter, to trouble shooting bank manager, back to retail trouble shooter, to junior director level. I made a lot of people money and a few quid myself. Then I walked away. Started, ran and sold my own business. Throughout those 25 years I developed three talents. 

– Diagnose what was wrong and why it was wrong in a business and how to fix it.

– Recognise talent and leadership and how to make it better, which made the business better and gave those individuals opportunities they never thought possible.

– To listen, analyse and implement things from other genuinely successful people and aim to deliver better results than they achieved.

What Was Missing

Like many business coaches, I, like them, got into business coaching because along with the genuine thrill of helping other amazing business owners get the business their hard work deserved, I felt I could pass on the practical skills and strategies that I know actually work and proved successful for me in my business career. After getting into coaching, though, I also realised that I had a powerful intuition about business that some of my clients couldn’t quite seem to learn. 

And that’s no-ones fault. 

At school no-one is taught how to start, run and maintain a business in today’s quick paced, unpredictable and ultra competitive industries, markets and niche’s. 

As business owners and leaders read more and more of best-selling books, articles, posts, go on webinars, courses, programmes and workshops, they realise that knowledge alone won’t help them build the business of their dreams. Because the reality takes that knowledge, needs clearly defined actions and some honest accountability to get there faster and without wasting resources, time and money in the process.

Not only this, but I can give clients a true picture as to how well their business is doing and then customise my coaching approach and the things we work on, to deliver the best possible results just for you.

I Found The Answers

In my experience of coaching and talking with hundreds of CEO’s, Directors, entrepreneurs and business owners, is that they find there are three things often missing in most coaching relationships. These are:

1. An overall metaphor allowing coaches and clients to share an understanding of how their business works

2. A step-by-step, easy to follow process that coaches can take clients through that produces results they can see

3. Genuine, tangible results with honest feedback and accountability. 

These limitations can make business coaching and any success a frustrating process. So, everything I do is centred around those core missing themes plus one other. You. 

Every business, its owner, what it does, how it does it and what it wants to achieve, is unique. So every experience on your success journey is your experience and not a copy and paste version of a product cast in stone.

I’m an author of 5 business books and work with trusted partners like the BBC, Hitachi and Mercedes Benz. I aim to work with and help over 100+ small businesses every year to not only become ‘game-changers’ in their industry or niche, but also become ‘life changing’ for them and their teams. 

I combine my business growth experience with honesty, motivation, accountability and my hunger to find better ways to makes sure that nothing is left to chance, guesswork or luck, because you will have the real and rewarding control of your business, your work life and your vision… and the money to go with it!

Would Love to See How I Can Help You

So if you’d like to know more just ask! You can contact me through my contact page,  follow me on the social media links down below, or even book a FREE 30 Minute Focus Call and I can say “Hi!” to you personally.

I genuinely hope to speak to you soon,

Marc

Just a few words from some of my clients…

Dr Andy Cope
Best Selling Author and Happiness Expert at Art of Brilliance

What can I say? Marc has a set of skills that nobody in our team has. We’re not a bad lot, but business acumen, hunger to exceed customer expectations and the ability to shout about the good stuff we’re doing were somehow lacking.So we’re lucky that we are now tapping into his skills. We see Marc as a very rare talent and are working with him on all sorts of happiness, wellbeing and ‘brilliant’ projects. He has a lovely mix of technical skills, business nouse, drive, enthusiasm and (most crucially) he’s a thoroughly nice bloke who wants to make a difference

James Blacklaws
CEO of JB Commercial Finance

Marc has a unique style of business coaching. Rather than wear a cheap suit and hide behind a franchise, Marc wears a white t-shirt, swears a bit and tells you what he really believes, rather than what a ‘one size fits all’ model tells him to say. As well as being a client of Marc’s, I have recommended several local business people consider using his coaching. While some initially were concerned having been used to the ‘C&A suit brigade’ of business coaches they were quickly won over by the results they saw produced by Marc’s coaching. The bottom line spoke loudest.

Margot Clarke
Clarke Consultancy

Marc’s approach is very different to that of a “normal” business coach. Goodness, he doesn’t even dress the way you’d expect a business coach to dress. But that’s what’s so great about him. He’s his own man and is brave enough to do things his own way. And it works! He’s got me to step out of my comfort zone (with a lot of nagging on his part!) and do things that I would rather not do but am glad I’ve done. And the best thing is that he cares. He really believes in the people he works with and is always at the end of a phone if ever you need to talk. Having that support is invaluable when you’re a small business owner.

Beatriz Meireles
Owner, BEA Fitness

Yes, I would definitely recommend Marc and your are the best kept business secret!

Thank you so much Marc for your help and I love the ideas and challenges you put in place. You’re definitely helping to make things look and feel a lot easier to me business. Can’t wait for the next 12 months!

Paul Horne
Owner CoolGoldfish Designs

Marc offers the best advice around – and unlike many he won’t sugarcoat the pill! If you ask for his advice and want him to check out what you’re doing, then expect a very honest response. That said Marc will go out of his way to ensure you minimise mistakes and is a font of knowledge on what works and what doesn’t in business. He really is the Best Kept Business Secret!

Hannah Benyon

You share valuable lessons and tools alongside real life examples, whilst managing to keep the atmosphere of the room fun and energised throughout the day. I learnt the importance of developing strong alliances and partnerships, and how to reach new clients by understanding who they are and how to find them. You also gave specific advice to each of the attendees, offering each of us ideas on how to market ourselves differently, or offering new services, by helping us to think outside the box.