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Business coach vs Management consultant

What's the difference?


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Keith Perry
Title: Director of Global Accounting
Company: Agrinos, Inc.
(Director of Global Accounting, Agrinos, Inc.) |


I see coaches as the business version of the Life Coach. I do a little of this myself, and it generally falls into the realm of
-how are you operating / behaving in your role?
-how is your role structured, and how does that relate to your behavior?
-what are your goals in growing / changing your role, and how are you addressing them?
-what specific challenges are you facing in your role?
-what specific challenges are created by your style?
....that sort of thing.

Management Consulting I see as more company/strategic focused. It can go from the project level (what color paint do I offer this year on our sedans?), to organic (how should we structure our compensation and review plans?), and a bunch more.



Sandra Habiger
Title: Project/Financial Analyst
Company: Alliance Enterprises, Inc
(Project/Financial Analyst, Alliance Enterprises, Inc) |

A coach will partner with you and together you will figure out what works for you, your team and/or your business. Often, a business or a team is the reflection of its leader. A coach will look at you values and at your idea where you want to take your business or your team. Then based on that, you will build a road map and decide of what you want to accomplish with a coach (if you haven't decided it before or if your goal changed based on the initial evaluation). The coach will "use his/her tools" to guide you where you want to be with your career, business or team. The coach will bring your/the team's best into the light.

In management consulting, it's about the business in the first place. Usually, consultants are called when something is not working the way it should and if the performance needs to improve. Consultants will analyze the existing problems and give advise and recommendations on how to fix them. As Keith mentioned before, it's about a strategy for a business or individual departments.

Based on what someone is looking for, they can choose to work with one or the other. It can also be beneficial to work with a coach and a consultant at the same time. A coach can look at the bigger picture and the context of something, whereas a consultant can concentrate on the smaller (content like) solutions.


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