“Turnaround or growth, it's getting your people focused on the goal that is still the job of leadership.” - Anne M. Mulcahy, Former Chairperson and CEO Xerox Corporation
Hi Alan, I understand you are talking to Tony Roy from ActionCoach, and want to know if that is a good thing or not. Let me start by saying it was (bar none) the best business decision we ever made. ActionCoach has a grasp on the fundamentals of business success that is so amazing that we are one of their biggest fans. I cannot stress enough the importance of surrounding oneself with extremely intelligent people if you want to achieve great things in life and in business. Tony rapidly became indispensable to Xylotek as a whole, and to me personally, as an expert resource we rely on for advice in every aspect of our business. That investment has paid off immensely for Xylotek, we cannot imagine not having access to the knowledge and expertise Tony brings to us all the time. Raving fans, thank you Tony!"
Cambridge Bell Business of the Year
KW Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Douglas W. Grosfield
Xylotek Solutions Inc.
President & CEO
How has your business changed?
Our business didn't really get started until we started working with Tony. We were 5 years into running a restaurant and felt entirely trapped. We were working 100 hours every week and barely making enough to keep our heads above water and even though we had quite a large staff, the business depended entirely upon our personal efforts. In just 10 months we have implemented systems and standards across our entire operations that have made it possible for us to successfully delegate and begin to have some freedom from the day to day operations so that we can focus on developing the business.
How has your life changed?
It is impossible to describe the way our lives have changed in such a short time. When we opened our restaurant 5 years ago my wife was 8 months pregnant and the first two years after our son was born were the hardest of our lives. We worked non-stop and barely survived. Our son lived in the restaurant with us and we only stopped working long enough to nap a couple hours a day on the chairs in our dining room. Now, 5 years later, we have just had a second little baby boy and because of the work we have been doing with our coach we have been able to actually spend time together after his birth. Even through a period when our industry faces unprecedented challenges, we have grown our revenue, profitability, and staff while being able to take time out and experience the joys of a growing family. We still have a lot of work to do but we are finally on a path where we can see what freedom is going to look like for our family.
“As a family business owner we recognized the importance and impact a successful company has on our current standard of living. Our desire is to leave a thriving business to our children. To achieve this we hired Tony Roy and Action Coach. For almost a year now Action Coach has taught us how to better manage our team, how to recognize the important figures on our financials and how to make decisions based on that information. They have shown us how to increase our profits, how to set and achieve goals and to celebrate our successes. The most important learning so far, is how to set aside time to work on our business, not just in our business. No longer are we working till late at night, just to get up and do it all over again, without ever achieving the results we were working so hard for. We are enjoying working with Action Coach and wholly recommend their team to any business owner looking to create a healthy and sustainable business.”
John & Sharon Snoei
Modern Turf Care
We have had the pleasure of working with Tony over the last several years and would highly recommend him as a wonderful asset to any business owner. He is a great coach who has brought out of the box ideas and solid financial knowledge that has helped us continue to grow our business. Thank you Tony for all your advice and support!
Anna Aceto-Guerin, CHRL
Clear Path Employer Services
Before we started with Tony, I was finding myself wanting a way out, not wanting to come in to work to deal with all that was on my plate everyday, with no sight of relief. Tony helped by setting weekly goals and homework and keeping us accountable and focused on the big picture.
Fast forward 2 years we have a team of 14 people helping in all areas of our business. Taking the day to day work load off of my plate, has given me a lot more time to work on bigger parts of our business and look to the future of our growing company. Currently, my wife and Tony are in the process with an assistant to help her create more time for herself instead of such long days.
Recently, we have purchased a new facility to accommodate us today and has plenty of room for growth for years to come. This will allow us to merge our two south western Ontario locations into one.
With the help of Tony we have harnessed our company’s growth and can tackle the future with a much better strategy. I really did not have or want to take the time in the beginning to meet with Tony, and now when I look back over the last few years we wouldn’t be where we are today or where we are heading tomorrow without what we have learned from Tony.
We now take vacation and have the flexibility to come and go and balance our home life better. Our company over the last 4 years went from 4 people in the business to total of 14. Gross sales have increased from 3.8 million to over 12 million, and still on the growth.
If we didn’t get help we are certain this wouldn’t have been achieved. The investment we make in Tony has not been a cake walk and the challenges we faced, but at the end of each quarter we spend significantly more time working “on the business” NOT “in the business”
Thank you Tony for the last couple years and look forward to see where we can go in future.
Word of advice to the non believers or people that are too proud to get coaching.
“Make the call, make the time, make the commitment!”
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