The Smart Coach: Be a Great Manager for Your Own Business

The Smart Coach blog is all about helping businesses become more efficient, profitable and sustainable. But we also want to help business owners be the best managers they can be for their companies. In this article, I’m going to share some of my favorite tips for being a better manager and how you might implement them in your own company. 

This is an interesting topic because it will help any small business owner grow their company without getting overwhelmed by the details. I hope you enjoy reading it!

At the end of the day, your business is a reflection of you. It’s your baby. And if you want to be successful in this industry, it’s important that you find someone who understands what it takes to manage a company and can coach you on how to do so effectively.

The old adage that you can’t be a great coach and player at the same time has never been more applicable than in today’s world of entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, it is easy to get caught up in your day-to-day tasks and the need to make sure everything runs smoothly. But if you want your business to thrive over time, you have to start thinking about what needs to happen when you are not there anymore. Here at there are more guides to become a great coach.


  • Know your strengths and weaknesses

A recent survey by found that most people do not know what their strengths and weaknesses are, which is a problem because this knowledge can help give you an edge in the workplace! 

The infographic below lists some of the common strengths and weaknesses that were identified in the survey: 

  • Artistic Strengths include being artistic, creative, innovative, imaginative or visionary. 
  • Social Strengths include being outgoing, persuasive or charming.  
  • Analytical Strengths include having patience for detailed work or good at math. Analytical Weaknesses may be impatience with detail work; poor eyesight; lack of mathematical skills etc.

. Have a clear vision for the future of your business

Successful entrepreneurs use their vision to take a business idea and turn it into an empire. The first step is to envision how you want your company, product, or service to be perceived in the future. It’s important for your customers and investors to see what’s in store for them down the line so that they can feel confident about investing time and money into your company. Next, create a timeline of milestones needed to achieve this goal. This will help you conceptualize the steps necessary to get there while also keeping yourself accountable for deadlines along the way. Lastly, set goals that are challenging but achievable with hard work which will keep motivation high as you progress towards these long-term objectives!

  • Accept criticism as a chance to improve yourself and not an attack on you

Criticism is one of the hardest things to deal with. It’s easy to see it as an attack and make yourself feel worse than you already do, but that doesn’t help anyone. Criticism is a chance for us to improve ourselves and not get defensive when someone has something negative to say about our work or ideas. It’s important to take criticism constructively so we can become better at what we do and find out how we may be doing something wrong: maybe they’re pointing out a flaw I didn’t know existed!

It’s not always easy to hear criticism. Sometimes it feels like an attack on you, but taking the time to pause and evaluate what was said can be very helpful in improving your situation. 

I have a lot of critics in my life. Sometimes they are friendly and give constructive criticism to help me improve myself. Other times they’re not so kind with the criticisms that they make towards me. I know it’s hard for some people to be open about their feelings, but it is important to remember that we all want the person we criticize the most, to be successful and happy in life. If you can take a step back and look at what someone has said without anger or frustration then you’ll find out that this person just wants what’s best for you too. 

  • Be confident in who you are, what you do, and how well you know it  

One of the most important aspects of being a successful entrepreneur is having confidence in yourself. If you don’t believe that you can do it, no one else will. It’s time to start thinking positively about your future and what you have to offer this world.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: confidence is something that we all have, but too many of us don’t know how to access it.

 Confidence is what allows us to do the things that make life worth living. It’s what makes everything from taking our clothes off for the first time in front of someone new, making an important decision with our lives or careers, and even trying a new food taste so much more enjoyable. We all need more confidence! In this blog post I’ll talk about some ways we can build up our own self-confidence and start feeling like the badass woman you really are!