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“Helen is firm but fair. She has a gentle way that allows you to relax, be honest and explore your business and your own desires but also firm enough to call you out on your own nonsense. She will not let you hold yourself back easily and will challenge behaviours that may be holding you back.”
When I came across the opportunity to combine my passion for coaching with my broad business experience it was a match made in heaven. As a result of working with Mustard I have become more confident in my abilities as a business adviser and the value of the experience I already had. I have become more focused on what my offer is and my target market. It has helped me to become more successful. If you are thinking of joining Mustard, and if seeing people develop is what drives you – then go for it!
Mustard has brought value to the business and we are making money for a change. We’ve got a clear view about where we are going and how we are going to do it. Being a managing director of a company is a bit of a lonely place in terms of decision making and control, so to have somebody like Alan of Mustard to advise, when you need it, is a big help. Certainly, having this sort of backup has de-stressed the situation and made it more enjoyable. I would recommend Mustard, but I am not going to, because I need them to work for me.
Our business has highly benefited from working with Alan Jones from Mustard. Whilst we felt Mazuma was performing well we did need to polish some areas of the business in order to create more value. With Alan’s skills and guidance using the tools provided by Mustard we managed to do this in a short space of time. I would not hesitate in recommending Mustard to others!
We engaged with Mustard because we were going through a growth period, and to create more structure for the management team. We had high expectations from Mustard, however they over-delivered by far. So since we have been working with Mustard over the last 18 months, the business has grown by a million pounds in revenue. We looked at as an annual cost for the business, and could we improve the business by that much every year. I think that if you look at it from that perspective, I’d say that 100 times we have achieved that. I would absolutely recommend Mustard.
I think it’s a great idea to engage with Mustard. You need to be very open, very transparent with them and you’ve got to be ready to be accountable. You certainly got to be ready to be challenged. You need to be aspirational. You need to want to grow your business, and however good you are you need to understand that there is always improvements to be made. We courted them to see what they were about because initially we were looking at using them for our customers, and in doing so we realised that we could benefit directly ourselves.Subsequent to that we have introduced them to a number of our own clients, and we have a number of mutual clients with Mustard as well. So yes, definitely happy not just to endorse them but to recommend them to anybody.
Helen asks questions which challenge the way I think about the business, and I am doing more of the things that I enjoy. I have learnt to recognise the value that I add to customers’ businesses personally and that this is value that they are happy to pay for. I am really excited about the future and what the next year will bring, and we are already on course to beat what I thought was a challenging budget.
Since working with Alan and the team at Mustard, I feel that I am now running a business, as opposed to running with a business. There is more structure to how I work and how the business operates. The sessions with Mustard really help to step away from the day-to-day of the business and think strategically. It’s been a pleasure having Mustard on board, long may it continue!!
Working with Mustard has been fantastic for our business. It’s very easy to become complacent when you have been running a business for many years. Having a trusted adviser to be accountable to was absolutely invaluable. Working with an expert outside of your own business is also a fantastic way to shed new light on old challenges – using Mustard we were able to work through old and new challenges with the benefit of a fresh set of eyes. We are now ready for the next stage of our expansion and have undoubtedly got there faster by using Mustard.
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