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10 things to look for in a business coach

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

How do you pick a business coach?

Good hair. But jokes aside, you want someone who is put together, because how you do anything is how you do everything.

Interviewee profiles: Founders and C Suite, age 32-42, high growth companies over $10,000,000 in revenue with visions of a more human business world…In their words…

Disarming. They need to be able to put you at ease, because you need to be very unfiltered with them.

Experienced. Older than you. Not wanting to be age-ist here, but. It’s not necessarily about age, but someone who’s been there, done that, in an area … someone who either has tangential competency, or greater competency parallel with yours.

You need someone who has more experience than you have in your domain of expertise, or someone who has experience outside of your domain.

Fun. You have lots of deep and dark conversations with your business coach, so you need someone you can drink wine with.

Teachable Moments. Someone who has clear methods and frameworks and they are able to articulate complex concepts simply in a way that you can understand. Someone who has good stories.

Been there, done that. Has worked with lots of previous clients, can pull on expertise from been there, done that situations. It’s real life experience.

Engagement. Someone who has a flexible engagement agreement that is appropriate to your stage of business and place in life.

Whether they’re being paid in equity or in fees, it’s that they’re invested in the future, not the present.

Adaptive. They have the ability to react and keep working with you as things change on different arrangements.

Let’s face it, the entrepreneurial journey, one thing, it’s not as predictable.

Emotional Intelligence. Someone that can read you, understand where you are, and unpack things with.

Connections. Your business coach should have people at their fingertips that they can refer you onto if they hit a block in their own expertise or if there’s a strategic benefit in doing so.

Humility: You need to get a sense from them that they don’t know everything, and they know they don’t know everything, but they have the willingness to find someone who does if something that comes up which is out of their area.

If you counted… it’s 11… see it as a bonus!
Next>>> What do you get from a great business coach?

I mentor and coach business executives, business leaders and business founders through the growth journey. I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I love being able to help people with great visions who have built the foundations of a business take it where it needs to go next.

Sometimes it’s pitching, other times it’s an internal issue or it may be simply the very real need for a sounding board and an ear that understands what your journey really is like.

If you are ready to be mentored and coached by me, book a time with me at Mentor and lets get started.

SPMI Expert Panel, The Silent Project Killer

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Organizer:  Singapore Project Management Institute

Topics for the session:

  • The key factors and considerations in communication management that can make a project successful or unsuccessful.
  • Problems to watch out for in project communications
  • Practical insights into effective communications (and communications management)

Ms. Brenda Bence (BDA International)
Ms. Joanne Flinn (Shelton Consulting)
Mr. K T Low (APTSTAR Consultancy)


SPMI Expert Panel

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

SPMI Expert Panel in Oct 2012 with Patrick Eardley taken at Marina Bay Sand, Singapore



Complexity Conference in Paris

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Joanne spoke about Complexity, Change and Connection sharing insights from large organizations in Asia.

Event: Complexity Conference

Date: March 30th – April 1st, 2012

Venue: La Maison Internationale @ Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France


Post-presentation Panel Discussion. Jane Lewis (left), from Hidden Insights UK, shares a case study from the NHS in the UK using process originally developed in Vietnam.  March 31st, 2012, Paris.



Margaret J. Wheatley is an American writer and management consultant who studies organizational behavior


16 blogosphere network map-1 - from a blog on blogger complexity_1



SPREAD Talk Series, Oxford: Infinite Possibilities

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Infinite Possibilities: In a world of extinction, of black and white, how does the dark side create light and possibility? This session was part of the Change LEaders’ SPREAD Talks series in Oxford, September 2012.

Thought Leaders Awards 2012

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

29th – 30th June, 2012  I  Taj Lands End, Mumbai







Joanne Flinn receives an award as Change Agent & Transformation Leader Award, Mumbai, June 2012

Success or Failure

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Organizer: Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS)

Event: 1st APSS Pecha Kucha

Date: 23 Apr 2012

What is Pecha Kucha?

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).   Source: Wikipedia

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SPMI Symposium 2011

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Organizer: Singapore Project Management Institute

Topic : Project Management: Projects, Prediction and Performance

Time, Venue and Date : 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, West Hall, B2; 15-Nov. 2011

Synopsis: We make our living by projects performing. The pressure for project managers to deliver more than ‘on time, to budget’ continues to increase, while the voice of the business loudly demands more from projects as funds get scarcer and scarcer. This has implications to us both as individual project managers and as a profession.

Joanne Flinn, practitioner and author of the best selling “Success Healthcheck for IT Projects’ (Wiley 2010)” and columnist at MIS Asia brings us recent insights from Oxford University and advances in project management in complex business environments.

In this dynamic, engaging presentation, you will find out:

  • The real return on projects and the implications this has to us as Project Managers
  • How to spot projects that are likely to fail (or succeed)
  • Why rejection might be good for you (or your project sponsor)
  • What two methods have saved $100 million dollar projects $30 million (how you can too!)
  • The one thing you must have to turn your project around

Link to this event

Asian Banker Summit 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Joanne Flinn speaks ‘On Success’ at the Asian Banker Summit in HK on April 6th 2011 to the Technology and Innovations Conference.

The key questions answered in the  presentation were:

  • How do we avoid failure?
  • How much do we write-off each year?
  • How likely is one of my projects to be at risk?
  • What does it take to systematically have projects succeed?












Link to Asian Banker Summit Gallery


Oxford Futures Forum 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Joanne Flinn is invited to contribute to Oxford’s 3rd Futures Forum held at Oxford University in April 2011.

Association of Change Management Professionals – Inaugral conference 2010

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Joanne Flinn presents a Keynote and Master Class to the ACMP’s first conference – held in sunny South Africa, delegates represented all corners of the globe.


About the ACMP







Visit ACMP website to learn about this organization

Leadership & Innovation

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Qi Global following Geshe Michael Roach

Colin Walter & Joanne Flinn: Healthcheck: Leadership and Innovation in Asia 2.0

Colin Walter & Joanne Flinn: Healthcheck: Leadership and Innovation in Asia 2.0 from Qi GLOBAL on Vimeo.

Next Session Date: 6th Of August 2024 at 3:00 pm SGT

Next Session Theme: Overview
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