Business Coaching

to grow your business

&

Executive Coaching

to grow your people

Create actionable steps, get accountability, and achieve your goals.

Stronger performance
Accelerated progress
Greater well-being
Sharpened decisiveness
Increased influence
More effective leadership

Work online or from our Boise offices

Hear from Deliberate Leaders

As Megan Lyons geared up to triple her team size, she grappled with decision-making pressures and concerns about meeting profitability targets.

Leading a company of 600 employees, Justin McNicholl realized he needed fresh perspectives to keep growing his business. He also struggled with staying focused and completing tasks.

Ryan Frasier was invited to buy Frasier Transport from his parents. The main challenge was to ensure a smooth ownership transition without disrupting the established company dynamics.

Steve Rausch struggled with solo law practice management, including marketing, client acquisition, workload management, and maintaining operational flow.

Dave Bailey struggled to market and grow his product. Despite believing in its potential, he was unsure about the next steps for expanding his business.

Ben Kalkman faced daily chaos. Consistent employee disagreements hindered operations and customer service. The lack of defined processes stressed him out.

Shellan Rodriguez felt scattered. She was constantly unsure about where to focus her efforts for maximum profitability and strategic growth. This led to inefficiency and anxiety.

Marc Davison and his wife successfully grew their medical imaging business, but they were uncertain about the company’s future direction and growth. They needed clarity and strategy.

Craig Almon felt felt his general insurance agency was not growing as fast as it should be.

We have a lot more 😉

Meeting and collaborating with Deliberate Directions has been the best business move I made. Allison is fully dedicated to my success. I could not be more thrilled to be working with her.
Dustin Riggs
President, Idaho Impact Construction, LLC
Allison and her team provide a great service! They help with business planning, hiring, strategic planning, marketing and much more. I look forward to our regular sessions as a way to get my company on track for growth and keep us there.
David Bailey
Support Engineer, Land Pro Data
Allison pulls no punches. She watches my blind spots. She makes me think and she makes me work hard. She helps you discover the right path. She has helped me immensely.
Craig Almon
Founder and Co-Owner, PRO Consulting, LLC
You are a coach that cares and is willing to go above and beyond. You have made a huge impact for me and my life. (Your coaching touches more than just business.) I appreciate your help and friendship.
Ben Kalkman
Owner/Cutting Edge Kitchens
Allison understands our business and takes a vested interest in it. She is also a well-spoken professional role model.
Holly Bell
Frasier Transport
Allison is the best thing that ever happened to my company.
Ben Nelson
Owner, Farm Equipment USA
When you hire Deliberate Directions, you don't just get Allison's wisdom. You also benefit from her network and the community.
Jennifer Drean
Owner, Gem State Family Eyecare
Allison is candid yet practical. She takes the time to listen and observe before she comments. Coaching has had a positive impact on my ability to communicate with others.
Hazlitt Noronha
CTO, Balsam Brands
Allison explained things I've heard three or four times before, but the way she's explained it makes so much sense and added an extra tool to my belt.
Jared Wilson
COO, Accura Outdoors
Allison helped me feel confident as a business leader. She helped me organize office space, hire employees, and set goals. Most importantly, she offers empathy and friendship.
Steve Rausch
Owner, Capital City Law
I have worked with executive coaches in the past. The expertise, training, and consistency I have received from Deliberate Directions has surpassed all of my expectations. I would highly recommend Allison for your business no matter how large or small.
Bonnie Blair
CEO, Colorado Classic Exteriors
Allison is high energy, passionate, and warm. I believe that is the reason that people feel so comfortable sharing and being present in the room with her.
Chris Johnson
CTO, Scentsy Inc.
Allison brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to the table. While not in the same industry, Allison helps guide me through my roles, projects and aspirations.
Scott Robertson
Commercial Lender, Washington Trust Bank
If you want to grow yourself as a leader, Allison is a great investment!
Jessie Jarvis
Owner, Of the West, LLC
I had toyed around with the idea of working with a coach for several years. I am supremely happy with my decision to take the leap. We saw record months after just about 6 months of focused planning.
Marc Davison
President, Allied Imaging
Allison and her team are all rockstars! I have learned so much by coming to Deliberate Directions. I learned about business, myself, and ways to elevate my team to the next level.
Katie Tanner-Barker
Property Manager, Procore
Allison shared company feedback and made sure I was viewing my leadership responsibilities in a balanced and open way. If we aren’t consistently developing as leaders, we’re falling behind.
Nick Massoth
Chief Operating Officer, Verified First
We have seen tremendous business growth. Allison has helped us with marketing, sales, and operations. Well worth the investment.
Trevor Millar
Operations Manager, Three Rivers Seed
In our first meeting as a team with Allison we got more direction and clarity than we did the entire year before. Books and podcasts don’t hold you accountable! Our company has doubled this year and next year is looking the same.
David Maka
Founder & Managing Partner, Kaliber Construction, LLC

Do these goals align with you?

Overcome Plateaus

When you’re in the woods long enough, you can’t see the forest for the trees. We’ll help you see a clear path forward.

Reach Alignment

You need to align your needs and goals with your organization. We’ll help you gain valuable insights and develop positive new behaviors.

Boost Profits

To capitalize on your leverage points, you need to focus on what’s working. We’ll help you eliminate distractions so you don’t waste resources.

Find Freedom

Get freedom from time-wasters, drama, and stress. We’ll help you stop managing and start leading.

Increase Impact

To have the impact, you need to focus on what’s important. We’ll help you make your business a catalyst for positivity and prosperity.

Master time, money and relationships.

We like to say that confidence comes from taking action.

So, are you ready to remove roadblocks and unlock your potential?

Exploring Coaching

Business coaching helps CEOs; executive coaching helps other C-suite leaders.

Many CEOs hire Deliberate Directions for business coaching, then invest in executive coaching for their key players.

Your ROI on coaching depends on the work you do. Will you follow through on the commitments you make during your coaching sessions? The structure and accountability of coaching helps many people make changes they have known they need to make for a long time, but have been unable or unwilling to make by themselves.

Coaching is typically a marginal business investment.  Yet often people credit coaching with helping them double their income or radically improve numerous pain points in their business. Your ROI is ultimately something you deserve to take credit for. Coaching just facilitates it.

Deliberate Directions is committed to helping you find the right business coach for you, whether that is one of our coaches or any other coach.

To that end, we have prepared a list of the best business coaches. We’ve also interviewed dozens of executive coaches on the Deliberate Leaders podcast.

Deliberate Directions has prepared free resources to help you:

Choosing a Business Coach

Start by clearly defining your objectives. What specific goals do you want to achieve with the help of a coach?

Next, consider your preferred coaching style. Do you respond better to a direct and challenging approach, or do you prefer someone who is more supportive and nurturing?

Begin your search by looking for coaches who have experience in your area of interest. You can run a targeted search online, check professional directories, or ask within your network for recommendations.

Once you have a list of potential coaches, vet them by checking their reviews and credentials. Reviews from past clients can provide insight into their effectiveness and personal style, while proper credentials can confirm their professional qualifications. Don’t hesitate to ask for referrals from trusted colleagues. These provide firsthand insights that are often more reliable than online reviews.

After narrowing down your list, schedule consultations with the top candidates. Use these meetings to assess if there’s a personality fit and to learn about their coaching approach.

Trust your instincts. If a coach feels right during the consultation, they’re likely a good match. However, be open to trying different coaches if your first choice doesn’t meet your expectations.

For more detailed guidance, refer to our guide on finding the right executive coach for you.

First, make sure they have appropriate experience so that they can help you achieve your goals.

Next, look for a coach who shares your values and listens well. To open up about your goals and challenges, you need to find a coach who you can trust and talk to easily.

Finally, think of the mentors and coaches, friends and managers who motivated you to do your best work. At the end of the day, a great coach will ask you good questions and make you feel motivated.

To learn more, visit our guide on the qualities of an exceptional coach.

You can choose from three coaches at Deliberate Directions. We designed our team to provide clients with different styles and philosophies.

Business and Executive Coach Allison Dunn brings a wealth of experience from her background in marketing, finance and leadership across various industries. Her coaching style is focused on creating deliberate, actionable steps to help executives and business owners achieve their strategic goals. She believes in empowering clients by enhancing their leadership skills and aligning their personal values with their professional objectives.

Executive Wellness Coach Katie Carpenter integrates physical health with mental well-being, emphasizing the importance of a balanced lifestyle. She utilizes her expertise in nutrition, functional movement, and NLP to foster sustainable health changes. Her coaching philosophy is centered around holistic wellness, helping clients achieve physical and mental fitness to support their professional lives.

Business Optimization Coach Bryant Jones specializes in refining business processes and enhancing team dynamics within the manufacturing sector. His strategic approach ensures that changes are sustainable and aligned with the company’s long-term goals. He believes in the power of technology and process optimization to drive business efficiency and profitability.

Coaching Packages and Terms

You can choose between:

  • 2 sessions per month or 4 sessions per month

Included with all packages:

  • Email support, answered within 2 business days
  • Phone support for emergency situations
  • The ability to connect with our executive network and coaching client community

We believe that coaching is a long-term investment for best results.  With that said, we guarantee results with NO contractual requirements, just a simple 30-day notice.

If you decide to pursue coaching with us, you’ll be able to choose a suitable recurring session time for regular meetings.

Most clients choose to meet twice a month, while others prefer weekly sessions.

Should something come up, we require at least 24 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule an session.

All information shared between you and your coach is strictly confidential. This means that your coach will not disclose any details of your sessions to third parties without your explicit consent. Further details are outlined in the coaching agreement you’ll receive before your strategy session.

Beyond privacy, Deliberate Directions is committed to the highest ethical standards in coaching.

Your account is billed automatically on the first of each month for that month’s coaching. We accept payments via ACH or credit card.

Can I speak to references?

Dozens of case studies are available on our client stories webpage.

Deliberate Directions also provides references to serious candidates upon request. To honor our clients’ time, we require that candidates first complete a free strategy session.

Is a trial session available?

We offer a complimentary strategy session. We also offer a “high-five guarantee” available during your first 8 weeks.

What is the cancellation policy?

Just a simple 30-day written notice to cancel your coaching program.

How much time do I need to commit?

You need to commit to following through with the tasks you agree to do. This doesn’t necessarily involve an additional time commitment. It’s about focusing on the tasks you agree to prioritize, making the decisions we discuss, and applying the skills you’re learning.

Coaching related tasks include reflecting, journaling, tracking data, as well as reading resources and doing exercises provided by your coach. These generally will amount to 5 hours a week or less.

Are there any additional costs?

Many coaching clients decide to purchase coaching for other leaders in their organization. Additionally, many invest in products we recommend like Full Focus Planners, and DISC personality assessments. There is no obligation to purchase these resources, and you can have a successful coaching experience without them.

What are the next steps if I decide to proceed?

Please schedule a complimentary strategy session.

Getting Started with Coaching

For your strategy session, consider these preparations:

  • Complete the business background questionnaire provided upon scheduling
  • Be ready to discuss your past experiences and future aspirations.

Additionally:

  • Outline your current challenges and goals.
  • Gather any relevant business or personal performance data to discuss.
  • Reflect on areas of your life or work you’re eager to improve.
  • Prepare questions you have about the coaching process.

If you’re attending on Zoom, ensure you have a quiet, private space.

Before your session, we’ll send you a questionnaire. Fill this out before the session so that we can have a productive conversation.

We will:

  • Get to know each other
  • Discuss your answers on the questionnaire
  • Talk about your personal and professional goals, and what might be holding you back
  • Determine what you could realistically achieve during a coaching engagement
  • Answer any questions you have about the coaching process

Commit to attend your coaching sessions. Share honestly and be open to feedback.

Work with your coach to set clear, achievable goals. Then follow through during the week: Take the actions you agreed to take.

If you do this, you’ll make great progress.

Additionally, we will recommend resources that will help you grow as a leader. If you listen to or read these, you’ll get even more out of your experience.

Coaching involves a series of steps that help you grow in your executive role or business.

First, you and your coach will talk about what you want to achieve. Your coach will ask questions to understand your needs. Together, you will plan how to tackle challenges and set specific goals.

You’ll meet with your coach regularly to discuss progress and make changes to your plan as needed. Your coach will give you advice and support along the way. They will help you stay focused and motivated, and they’ll teach you new skills to help you handle problems.

Our process requires your commitment. Providing you take action, you will get better at what you do and become a more effective leader.

The duration of a coaching engagement depends on the goals you set with your coach.

Most engagements last 2+ years. After that, some leaders decide to continue working on new goals with their coach. Or they hire Deliberate Directions to help executives on their staff become stronger in their roles.

First, we define what goals are important to you. We prefer to do this in the context of your broader personal mission and vision.

Any time we set a goal, we decide how it will be measured, what success looks like, what timetable is appropriate, and how often we’ll track the goal.

Each quarter, we evaluate your progress, and help you set new objectives. You can get guidance from a coach on how to achieve a goal that is important to you in a free strategy session.

Coaching focuses on developing the leadership skills of the coachee(s) –the skills needed to drive and manage change, build highly productive teams, manage time, and thrive in the most challenging and complex situations through a high level of self-awareness. Our goal is to help the organization maximize the potential of its owners, partners, or executives and the businesses potential through coaching sessions, DISC Assessment Report and DISC 360, Quarterly Planning/12 Week Sprints, and Critique Service.

Executive Business Coaching

Our business programs are designed to help facilitate professional and personal development to the point of individual growth, improved performance and contentment. Coaching focuses on developing the leadership skills of the coachee(s) –the skills needed to drive and manage change, build highly productive teams, manage time, and thrive in the most challenging and complex situations through a high level of self-awareness. Our goal is to help the organization maximize the potential of its owners, partners, or executives and the businesses potential through coaching sessions, DISC Assessment Report and DISC 360, Quarterly Planning/12 Week Sprints, and Critique Service.

Executive Advisory Groups

Collaborate with other business owners and executive leaders to take your business to the next level by turning to other business owners for feedback on your products, services, and employee issues, make decisions quicker with validated feedback, have an instant Board of Directors to help fast-track your business success, and break through the plateau of your current revenue.

Team Building Programs

Our Engage & Grow Programs are weekly facilitated group sessions that focus on optimizing systems, behaviors, and culture within your organization. We do this through Group Activation System methodology. All meetings are designed to captivate and entertain your key people, while strategically developing new habits and behaviors. We start by developing 12 Engagement Keys that are customized to your business. We then track these keys for each employee. This highly transparent and accountable process quickly creates movement within your organization. Our Engagement Strategists will lead the entire process from start to finish, while taking the day-to-day pressures off your business owners and managers.

We have several packages available. Your program is up to four hours per month of phone, skype or face-to-face sessions with you, depending on which program you choose. These consultations will be used to set and review goals, discuss your progress, and troubleshoot your challenges. Additionally, your coach is always accessible during business hours by cell phone or email to discuss any unforeseen challenges or obstacles during the week.

Your Executive Business Coach is essentially a mentor and motivator. To ensure that you keep up with the work required, and to ensure your program and its fundamental philosophies are instilled correctly, you will be required to spend several extra hours per week working on the things you agree to in your coaching session. This is required to achieve the desired results in the quickest possible time but may occur outside normal business hours.

As a client of Deliberate Directions, it’s important that we have your commitment and dedication to the program so we can help you get the results you desire!

Our initially strategy session should be a good determinate of this and if not, you or your Coach may elect to terminate this agreement at any time upon 30 days’ notice in writing.

Absolutely. Your Coach will advise you in the effective integration of the most appropriate strategies for your role/business and will always respect the confidentiality of your trade secrets and intellectual property.

The majority of our clients are based in the Treasure Valley, but we have clients across the United States.

Allison holds three professional coaching certifications along with proven business expertise from 25 years of owning several businesses. She is a multiple, award winning coach who has trained thousands of leaders and coached hundreds of businesses on how to lead, live and love more deliberately.

The pricing is dependent on the coaching packages selected, with our minimum package of 45-minute sessions bi-weekly. The investment is paid in advance of all services via ACH or credit card which is processed on the 1st of each month.

Coaching sessions can be re-scheduled, but often at the expense of the most desired times. If you need to reschedule your coaching session, you agree to provide 24 hours’ notice or risk forfeiture of a pro-rated portion of your monthly coaching investment.

We customize every coaching relationship by beginning with an executive alignment session to clarify personal and professional goals.

Coaching can focus on specific leadership and communication skills, executive presence, overall effectiveness, or personal and professional development.

We know what it takes to lead a thriving business and we want to provide you tools to achieve your potential.

We have experience working with businesses of all kinds. You can be assured that you will have a clear understanding of the nature of any program we recommend, and that we will properly manage your expectations as to anticipated outcomes.

We provide executive and leadership coaching for everyone from executives to emerging leaders. Our goal is to strengthen leadership by increasing your influence, building critical skills, and improving your overall effectiveness. We draw heavily on assessment tools to focus on coaching you as an individual and ensure we deliver results.

During the strategy session, we will likely discuss:

  • Your biggest goal for the next 90 days
  • Your top long term business goals
  • The biggest opportunity in your business right now
  • Obstacles preventing the growth you want to achieve

By the end of the strategy session you’ll be able to determine 3-5 goals to focus on.