South Africa is riding high on Rugby World Cup fever. Images of Siya Kolisi holding the Webb Ellis trophy aloft have captured our imagination, while the #FafChallenge has lighted the collective mood. But what about the visionary behind the triumph? The guy watching the action. The man with the plan. The coach.

Rugby World Cup-winning coach Rassie Erasmus may be happy to take a backseat to his valiant players but his victory has underscored the impactful role of quality coaching on any elite team. The same applies to business. Imagine, just for a moment, that back in 2016 the brains trust at SA Rugby went out and scoured the country for the finest rugby talent. They put together a 30-something strong squad and set them the goal of winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019. They would have the time to coalesce as a team, ample funding support and a long lead-up to the tournament. But there was a catch: No coach.

Without a Rassie at the wheel how do you rate the changes of this all-star team taking home the trophy? The same applies to each and every business owner out there. You can have the skill and the talent and the vision, but if you don’t have a business coach working quietly and purposefully by your side then you may never reach the pinnacle of your potential.

Talent can get you only so far, but having a coach in your corner keeps you aligned to your goals, generates a fresh perspective, helps you focus on the big picture, brings your blind spots into stark relief and identifies any mistakes you might be making.

As a business owner the challenge you should be signing up for in 2020 is clear: Get a coach in my corner. Now is the time.

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