Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chris Sier, PCC, BCC., Founder of Executive Potential Plus, located in Shelby Township, MI, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My mission as a Leadership and Career Management Coach is to focus business leaders on doing the right things to achieve their goals, develop a competitive advantage in a tumultuous business environment, grow their employees, and strategically manage their careers.
Tell us about yourself
When I worked for a Fortune 200 IT Company, I was working 24/7. As a result, I was overworked, overloaded, and overwhelmed. Finally, one day my brain had had enough, and I fell asleep behind the wheel of my car during rush hour at 90 miles per hour. Luckily, I woke up in time and realized that my old way of doing everything wasn't working for me and was slowly killing me.
I knew there had to be a better way. I wanted work to be a part of my life, not be my life. So I found a coach, incorporated new work habits, strengthened boundaries, and discovered my untapped potential. As a result, I did much more by focusing on the right things to accomplish my goals rather than trying to do everything.
I am thrilled to be coaching others, constantly learning new tools and techniques to help my clients reflect on what they want to achieve, look at challenges from different perspectives, and consider actions they hadn't considered before.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I am proud of the effect my coaching has had on hundreds of clients. CEOs to front-line managers have achieved clarity in problem-solving, increasing team performance, managing their careers and transitions, and achieving challenging goals they thought were impossible or difficult to attain.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Being patient and resilient can be hard when your business doesn't take off as fast as you would like. It takes hard work, a "don't give up" attitude, and a lot of reflection and planning, which can be tedious but necessary to keep yourself on track, such as being crystal clear on your message about who you are, your company's value, and why they should care.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Being efficient is great, but being effective means being efficient at the right things.
- Consider "failure" as a means of learning how to do better.
- Thoughts, words, and actions align; "walk the talk."
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
While an internal coach at a Fortune 200 company, I co-created the Transformational Leadership Program that won the International Coaching Federation award for its transformative effect on VPs, Directors, and Managers' leadership abilities.
I have authored numerous booklets and articles sharing simple, straightforward strategies for clarifying, choosing, and taking action on "the right things" versus everything. In addition, I am writing a book, "Survivor to Thriver," on handling everyday work and personal challenges by implementing small, one-percent changes that provide significant results.
Where can people find you and your business?
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