Meet Helen Dutton
I have been coaching business owners since 2000 to achieve business and personal excellence with ease. By clarifying goals and implementing intelligent focus, my clients discover more accomplishment and higher satisfaction in their thriving, energetic business ventures.
Why me? I have an innovative mind that naturally looks for new and better ways to get something to done. I am always focusing on the desired end result. I like to do things well, and love excellence when I see it.
How did I get here? In 1999 I hired a coach to help me discover my true career desires (which, in fact, turned out to be coaching!). I realized that signing a new banking agreement or getting a new product out the door didn’t give me the thrill I felt when I made business innovations and got our CEO to do something in a new way.
I had been in finance, operations, and administration for high-tech companies. No matter what role I was in, I invariably became the “go-to” person for business strategizing, brainstorming, and bouncing ideas around.
There were times that I had a pretty hot seat in board meetings with investors or bankers, employees, and CEOs. The success or failure of a business is most evident in the numbers and that was my job.
Lessons Learned. One company taught me how to do things right (we grew by over 100% every year in revenue, profits, and employees). Another taught me that leadership is paramount in a small, growing business (it ultimately failed). The last company I chose was close to bankruptcy when I started (the reason I chose to work there) and eventually flourished. In fact, several years later, our banker joked that I must have brought a money printing machine with me. Before all that, I was a CPA – yep, a nerdy little accountant.
It was all a blast, although a tad stressful at times, and I now get to bring all of that experience forward to benefit my clients. In fact, I kept a journal over the years of “Lessons Learned” on everything from mergers and acquisitions to employee concerns and tactical strategies.
Here are a few of those lessons learned that my clients hear from me today:
- Know where you are headed. Don’t cast it in stone, but have a direction and make sure your actions are in line with it.
- Know what you do well and do that over and over. This goes for individuals as well as organizations.
- Do it right the first time.
Since 2000, I have been fortunate to do what I loved all along; to inquire about why things are done a certain way, to encourage and mentor business owners, to inspire leaders and organizations to be their best. Coaching business owners to clearly define their vision and then get there more quickly and easily than they ever could have on their own, and enjoy it along the way, is my work.