Do you want guidance and accountability from an experienced outside perspective?
- Taking on new responsibilities and are unsure about your expanding role as founder?
- Managing and leadership questions takes too much of your time?
- Watching plans and intended progress slip away?
- Wanting an outside and experienced perspective on issues that are facing you?
- Wondering how to benefit from guidance and accountability?
I provide coaching, thought partnership and leadership guidance for owners who are running the business they started.
“If you feel you have a great company, but challenged to move forward and achieve the growth you deserve, I highly recommend you call David to help your team understand and overcome barriers to success. Working with David, you’ll grow faster and with greater ease across your team.
Envision the benefits of positive change
Instead of leading your business alone, with guidance you can:
- Develop confidence around process, delegation and responsibility.
- Reap the benefits of a well-organized team
- Adhere direction and goals
- Have more and better information when making decisions
- Reduce the stress that comes from being “always on”
Instead of having your back against the wall, you can make changes so you and your teams can focus on the development and progress of your business.
How does the Three Month Advisory work?
Exploratory Call: You can book an exploratory call here without charge. We talk, discuss what’s happening, get a feel for how we fit, and decide to work together.
Decision: To go forward, you arrange secure payment and we pick a start date.
Discovery Call: This is our first call, it marks the start of our weekly discussions and the start of the three months.
- Definition of the challenges you’d like to address
- Goals coordinated with needs and challenges
- We identify what success looks like
- Three month engagement of regular weekly calls
- We stay in informal contact via text and email between our regular meetings
- I help with achievable accountability and also serve as support
- Homework: reading, questions, and/or things to execute occurs during the three months.
- Mutual decisions on how and what to be accountable for, and in relation to your goals and roadblocks – and I help with accountability.
It’s up to you what we tackle – business values, purpose, mission, employees, partners, investors, business direction and everything in between is possible – and our discussions will bring out what is most important, and we will follow any thread that improves your ability to travel your own path.
Let’s keep in mind that you may be responding to something akin to a fire alarm. We don’t need to deal with the alarm itself, but the fire that is triggering it.
One of the most important criteria for a successful coaching relationship is fit between coach and client. We start every relationship with a no-cost Exploratory Call to determine how we relate and what schedule works for both of us.
The Three Month Advisory costs $6,000 for three months, paid before we start and you will be able to purchase the Three Month Advisory with a secure link after we determine fit and schedule.
Positive progress is an amazing (and profitable) feeling and you can extend the advisory by subscription on a monthly basis and stop any time.
Three months is the shortest period to make true progress which requires us to commit time and effort together.
You can read more about the ROI of coaching which also includes intangible benefits:
- Work-life balance
- Greater purpose
- Clearer path forward
- Improvement of personal skills
Progress starts with a call
Schedule a call today here, so we can discuss whether coaching can help you with your business and your goals.
I’m easy to talk to, there’s no hard sell, and I’m committed to having you find the help you need to succeed, either with me or someone else.
Confidentiality & Guarantee
I am your coach and I work for you.
I will not share anything from our coaching, publicly or privately, and I’m happy to sign an NDA for sensitive topics that require one.
I’m also happy to speak to others in your business if we both agree that doing so would help make progress with certain goals. Alternatively, our coaching relationship can be entirely between us, with no one having any awareness of it, even if someone were to ask me directly. It’s your choice.
If, after the first two sessions of the Three Month Advisory, you decide to stop, I will refund your money, no questions asked.
“There are times we need someone to give us the right answer, and there are times we need them to give us the right question. David has an uncanny ability to know which is which, and to provide exactly what’s needed exactly when it’s needed.”
“Under David’s leadership I knew my work would make an impact. David has a great ability to look at goals from a high level and put the right resources in place to ensure success. David gets my highest recommendation, and I am happy to be involved in any company that has his name attached to it.”
“We (the board) gave David very aggressive performance targets on an austere budget, and he delivered time and again, much to our surprise; he was simultaneously able to reduce fixed overhead, improve KPIs (reduce warranty claims, reduce shipping costs, improve fulfillment metrics), and drive new product innovation, again, in a very austere environment. David’s efforts were instrumental in maximizing equity value for our shareholders and I’d highly recommend him as an operator, leader and steward for your business.”
“David’s role was extensive and included putting a management structure in place, implementing and monitoring sales targets communicating and building relationships with both our suppliers and customers all over the world, increasing GP and turnover.”
“David’s super power was always having the right strategy/idea, but coaching us to come up with it on our own. David has the natural ability to empower leaders to think more strategically, problem solve creatively, and plan ahead so that they are constantly moving forward. There’s no doubt his coaching led us to greater productivity, success, and fulfillment in our roles . You will never find another coach with the business acumen or people skills David will bring to your team.”
“I cannot recommend David Foster’s leadership skills highly enough. Our company struggled with low morale issues stemming from lack of role clarity and accountability. We struggled with making the vital decisions to move to market quickly and achieve our growth targets. We operated by committee, challenged by continuous finger-pointing, and progress was slow to be made.
David came into this small, ambitious, founder-led company and was able to bring the necessary perspective to quickly and thoroughly assess and navigate the complex issues of our expanding business model.
Our leadership team had been so conditioned to repeat the patterns of the early stage founder, that we could not see the issues we needed in order to create change. David stepped in to observe, listen, ask questions, and facilitate the collective discussion of the invisible challenges we faced every day.
David quickly established a new leadership structure with clear roles and defined accountability. With this, leaders were given zones of play with the authority to make decisions and move the company forward faster and more efficiently.
If you feel you have a great company, but challenged to move forward and achieve the growth you deserve, I highly recommend you call David to help your team understand and overcome barriers to success. Working with David, you’ll grow faster and with greater ease across your team.
The financial and life satisfaction benefits from coaching are far greater than its cost and time commitment
Coaching improves business performance, including employee engagement, retention, customer satisfaction, reputation and profitability, and that allows you to achieve a better work-life balance.
According to the ICF Global Coaching Study, a client “can typically expect an ROI in the range of 344% or 3.44 times the amount spent.” For companies, it is even more: “The ROI for companies is quite a bit higher with a median return of 7 times the initial investment.”
The Manchester Review calculated that coaching returns 5.7 times the cost of engagement.
A MetrixGlobal study: “The Bottom Line: Coaching produced a 529% return on investment and significant intangible benefits to the business.”
Founders are smart, capable and usually life-long learners – coaching can help you become more successful, accelerate your growth and find balance while doing so.
A reason to pause
Nothing changes unless you change it.
I’ve been a founder, CEO and advisor for over 20 years. I’ve helped small business grow, change and re-invent themselves.
I’ve always listened, been willing to learn, and asked for help when I needed it. For us to work together successfully, you’re the same way.
Running a business is hard, and so is change. We face uncertainty, question ourselves and feel uncomfortable. Making changes is not for everyone, but for those who embrace it honestly and consistently, positive change brings massive rewards.
If you are lead a business that you started, my coaching and thought partnership can help you harness your current skills to develop further.
If you’re not ready to commit right now, please check out my Practical Resources that help address many of the questions and problems owners face.