Recently, Petra Coach hosted a Coaches’ Corner – a 1-hour session of live Q&A – with the entire team, including Certified Petra Coaches, Accountability Coaches and the Office Team.

You can find the full recording here.

To augment the recording, below is a brief recap of questions and answers from the session. 

Q: What is the biggest hurdle facing the ability for a business to scale/grow over the next three to five years?

Mindset – The limited mindset of the people involved within the organization

Execution – Those who execute faster over the next three to five years will come out ahead. Get clear on what plan you are executing on and be transparent. Learn and grow together.

Sandbox – The marketplace – making sure you are in the right sandbox

People – Having the right people in the right seats doing the right thing – Continuing to re-evaluate those people and grow them

Cash – Now is time to put resources on your balance sheet and manage those resources


Q: Through this pandemic, my personal relational skills as a leader have been needed and challenged. It’s become very obvious my Emotional Intelligence skillset is lacking but necessary if I’m going to be the leader I want to be – any advice on how best to proceed?

Develop your skill around content creating – real time creating and capturing it and broadcasting it to your team and community

Listening – Call another team member and ask how they are doing

Let the team share their wins – What they accomplished – Ask them how they accomplished it

Be intentional about how you set up small meetings and gatherings and invite the opportunity for there to be an emotional connection


Q: What skills do you feel will be needed in the future to be successful both as a leader in business and as a team member in those businesses?

Adaptability – the adaptability mindset and ability to be flexible with change

Communication – Be able to communicate and persuade people to get things done that need to get done. Also communication within the team – knowing each-other communication styles

Ask – Being willing and able to seek out clarity to root out the ambiguity of what that team member needs from you

Vulnerability – You cannot have courage without vulnerability – a combination of compassion, being able to ask questions that may show your shortcomings – being able to put yourself out there and not be the answer haver but that answer asker


Q: How do you launch a startup company into a new market?

Choose what market you are going to go after and expand from there

Know your customers – Those who know their customers are the ones who are winning right now

Know your market – How you can get the masses to promote your business

How do you get the masses to promote your business? Who are the influencers who can be your voice?

  • Think about who are the biggest players, the biggest names, of who you need to be close to and start working from there

Book Recommendations:


Q: How will talent acquisition change over the next 24 months and what will businesses need to do to attract high-level talent?

Build a place to people want to be a part of and people will come to you. Talent will be available in the market that wasn’t available before.

  • People focused – maintain culture even in a remote work environment – training
  • Systems and processed are going to be very important to bring remote workers in
  • Making sure you have opportunity for growth – both personally and professionally
  • Always be recruiting – even if they’re not in your market


Q: How would you address someone that is “stuck” – Someone who just feels like everything is against them and they cannot move forward?

It’s a Mindshift thing – coach that person to think differently

  • Talk to them and walk them through the situation and get to the ‘why’ behind the way they are feeling the way that they are.
  • Allow space for their feelings – Treating people as people on an individual level.
  • Have them sit down and think way back to the first time you experienced the way you are feeling how you’re feeling and get to the root cause of that feeling.

It’s possible that they don’t belong there

  • They may be pulling people down with them if they are not in a good space and home and at the office
  • They may be afraid to make the change for themselves and you need to help them make that change

Ask how the team can help or what projects they are stuck on


Q: What types of fatigue do I need to be looking out for inside of my company and what are the signs?

  • Missed deadlines by someone who normally hits those deadlines – Finding characteristics that are out of place
  • Overall participation in meetings – Those that usually participate, if they no longer are engaged in those meetings – disengagement
  • If someone is off their routine that they may normally be on


Q: If you could recommend ONE book right now, what would it be?

Built to Last by Jim Collins

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Chop Wood, Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf

Flight of the Buffalo by James Belasco

Humanocracy by Gary Hamel

Perform Like A Rock Star and Still Have Time for Lunch by Orna Drawas

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Great at Work by Morten Hansen

When by Daniel Pink

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The Coaching Habit by Michael Stanier

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey Daniels

Exponential Organization by Salim Ismail


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