My coaching career started over two decades ago. Although back then it was not as well defined or understood as it is now. Simply known as teaching, training, or even managing.
I spent the first 20 years working in the transportation space. I started working as a dispatcher, and over time as a manager, a leader, and eventually as a business owner. Working with drivers, dockworkers, and office workers I realized that I could leverage my knowledge and experience to help others to become more productive and happier in their jobs. After all, we all wanted the same thing; enjoy our work, be proud of our efforts and solve problems for our customers. Eventually, this training morphed into more of a mentorship. Helping young people find their niche, helping drivers get their own transportation company set up and running.
In the last 10 years, through the transportation club in my area, I have taken students from the six area Transportation and Logistics programs and began mentoring them. This has become my passion and the greatest way for me to give back to an industry that has defined me as a person and a business owner.
I wasn’t always easy. I worked for companies that were world-class and did the right thing for the right reasons and I have worked for others that thought a business was a license to steal.
As I made the transition from employee to employer, I quickly realized that the roles are vastly different. As an employee, if I had an HR issue, I called the HR department. Same with payroll, legal or a myriad of other issues.
As a newly minted business owner, you wear so many hats its difficult to clearly define what you are. And you must level up quickly. Make a mistake in one area and you could get a fine, mess up in a critical area, like taxes or operating authority and they can freeze your assets, pull your operating authority, or shut you down. The stakes are higher, but so are the rewards. Do it right and you can call the shots. Do it wrong and, well, we don’t want to go there. That’s why you find a business coach who can help you navigate the terrain.
The key to my success is to persevere, learn from my mistakes, work with experienced businesses, and hire a mentor early on.