Meet Colleen Phillips of Pieces to Profit. She is a coach who (among other things) specializes in helping women entrepreneurs that are going through significant changes in their life. We’re thrilled to interview her and let her share with Wickedly Chic readers her expertise and how she may be able to help them.
Colleen, please tell our readers what made you decide to start Pieces to Profit and go into business for yourself.
I wanted to make a significant difference in the lives and businesses of women. During my 19 year corporate career as a senior leader with hundreds on my team, I continuously saw opportunities for women. Opportunities for them to build skills and set boundaries, improve self-confidence and have the ability to shift and change when unexpected changes occurred in the work place, in the home or with their health.
I decided to start my own business after I found myself widowed when my 39 year old health conscious non-smoking husband died in 2004 of lung cancer. I found that my demanding corporate career no longer worked as a now single mother of a 3 year old. In late 2006 I went into business for myself. I needed to create my “new work normal” while being a dedicated mother.
I chose to go back to school and get credentialed as a coach because I love to coach and help people and businesses grow. It is rewarding when clients surprise even themselves when they take actions, big leaps and achieve more than they even they thought possible.
Now, I coach my private Pieces To Profit clients and am an executive coach and leadership training consultant for several large corporations. I am also happy to say my now 11 year old son is happy and well adjusted and I am engaged to a wonderful man.
By using my Pieces To Profit system personally and using it with my own clients it has been a rewarding experience.
On your website, it mentions finding purpose, being empowered and boosting profits. Many women starting businesses would love to achieve all three. What kind of services do you provide to clients to help them reach their goals?
1. I provide my “Pieces To Profit” system. It includes 5 main steps that support women in finding purpose, being empowered and boosting their profits. Each step in my system is unique and each step builds upon each other. Every client receives their personal Pieces To Profit coaching system when they become a client and my system has been highly valuable in my clients achieving their goals.
2. I provide one on one coaching in person, via the phone or Skype. I also provide individual or group training as needed on leadership, time management, stress management, change management, communication, courageous conversations and customer service.
3. My clients all have access to my online coaching management system that includes valuable resources and one on one electronic communication with me in between our coaching meetings.
It seems that many business owners feel as though they want to make a lot of money but already feel as though they have invested enough in their businesses. Why do you feel as though it is important to work with a coach?
A coach can take you from good to great! A coach is invested in YOU and your goals and creates an environment of clarity, accountability, support and structure. You can potentially achieve far more with a coach than without.
If you are someone that is achieving everything you want in business and in your personal life and have no further aspirations, then I would say that you may not want to spend the time or money investment on a coach. However, if you want to grow your business, improve your life and be the best you that you can be, then in my opinion it is an incredibly important and worthwhile investment.
What one piece of advice do you have for entrepreneurs that are just starting out or are thinking of becoming an entrepreneur?
Have a rock solid business plan, set milestones and work the plan!
In addition, I am happy to extend a complimentary 30 minute “get acquainted” call to your readers so they can learn more about my services and see if we are a good fit to work together. They can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colleen Phillips is a dynamic executive and business coach who works with women and men around the world. She truly is the epitome of a successful modern woman with a vibrant home life and thriving business, but it wasn’t always this way. When Colleen was 40, her husband passed away from cancer. Left with a three year old and demanding corporate career, running a multi-million dollar business unit, she had to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Feeling overwhelmed, sad and scared she did her best to “try to keep all the pieces together”. As hard as she tried, she began to realize she had to find new ways to live and work. It was an overwhelming and heartbreaking situation to say the least, but Colleen’s journey back from the chaos helped her create the powerful step by step Pieces to Profit system. Colleen discovered how to go from fear to fearless and have the autonomy to live the life, do the meaningful work and make the income she always wanted.
Using the Pieces to Profit System that she developed to transform her own life and business, Colleen’s clients are also able to have more energy and focus, save time, make more money and feel outstanding.