Alan and John had a previous business association in 1998 when they focused on developing leadership in the business world. They went their separate ways but kept in touch and recently over a long dinner they both identified the need to help small business owners.
Over many years they have created and grown many business enterprises, they know how lonely and difficult, and yet rewarding, the world of small business ownership is.
One of Alan’s business was twice listed as one of the fastest growing companies in Australia. He has realised many times in his business career that he is not an island and needs help and expertise to enable him to run his organisations effectively.
In 1991, when the concept of a business coach was not even considered, he decided he needed someone to work with him. The person he selected was ex-military and gave him some structure and discipline at a time when his organisation needed those attributes. Seeing the benefits of coaching he then became an executive coach to many CEOs in both Australia and overseas.
Likewise, John’s career followed similar paths and he has coached and assisted many small business owners.
There are many business networking coaching organisations and groups that focus on assisting business leaders. However, Alan and John identified that there was an opportunity for a group that acted like a Board that was focussed on only small business owners and importantly at a cost that they could afford.
The discipline and accountability that a monthly board and structure that brings to a business is what bob is about, but it is also about help and guidance and having 20 other people in the room, all with different experiences and ability to resolve business issues.
Managing and owning a business today is difficult and complex.
Over the years Alan and John have received feedback from many business owners that they required help, but were unsure whether to choose coaches, groups or mentors. There are a multitude of organisations and individuals who offer advice and guidance, but many have not had experience of running a small business. So with a combination of an experienced bob Chair and up to 15 other business owners, this creates a powerful environment to help their business.