Why Use a Health Club Consultant, Coach or Mentor

Why Use a Health Club Consultant, Coach or Mentor?

Isolation

Directors of health clubs and owners in particular, may be gregarious and confident, but they can also be very isolated. There are not many people to whom they can turn for help, often no one in their own organization. Uncertainty about trust and confidentiality, personal competition and the slipperiness of the business ladder often make it hard for an Owner or Director or Manager to turn to a colleague about issues that may put into question their performance or tenure.

A Fresh Mind

Perhaps even more common, however, is simply the wish to consult a fresh mind, someone who brings no investment or position of his own, an outsider who is not involved with the organization, its culture or its politics. An independent consultant can reflect ideas, evoke solutions and support the implementation in a way that few insiders could ever do. Club Owners are increasingly recognizing the benefits and opportunities of exploring new avenues in consultations with a coach scheduled on a regular basis, not just for themselves but for their staff also.

More Productive Management Teams

The same is true for others who find they spend more and more of their time working in isolation on their specific responsibilities. When they do get together, they want their meetings to be as productive as possible, and team facilitation by an independent coach is an excellent way to achieve that. The coach is able to monitor the dynamics of the team and attend to group process while assisting and freeing the team to focus on task.

Fast Track Development of Key People

In today’s health club world management has less and less time to act as mentors to the new blood. Employees are left to cope on their own which inevitably slows down their development. Clubs are recognizing the benefits of engaging experienced people from outside the business to act as mentors to key employees on a regular basis.

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Testimonials

I have been at 3 different fitness clubs that has consulted with Jim Thomas of Fitness Management & Consulting. Each club was quite different from each other, yet Jim's skill-set was broad enough to provide excellent service and training to each facility.

After Jim completes a Needs Analysis of the club, he strategically maps out a plan and then provides the means to execute a plan that can fit your needs.

A few things that makes FM & C an outstanding firm is not only their proven, time-tested methods of Jim's sales training and tracking accountabilities, but the manner in which he delivers the presentations. Jim is a true "people" person. He understands the daily struggles of the mom-n-pop facilities and he can handle all the red-tape that a larger, corporate facility is faced with.

Some consultants do a good job with the rah-rah, cheerleading seminars, but Jim is excellent also when the crowds are gone and you're back to the grind of the daily operational challenges. I have consulted with Jim Thomas for over 10 years and he is the real deal. I highly recommend Fitness Management & Consulting whether you are a struggling club looking to turn things around, or a new club start-up. FM & C can assist you and at the end of the day, you will feel that they have earned every $$ you invest into them.

Geof E.

800-929-2898

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