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The Key To Work Life Balance For Business Owners
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Lifestyle Driven Business Coaching: MasterKey

Small business coachingFinding the right balance between running your business, engaging with your family and strengthening your primary relationship is the key to making a ‘small business lifestyle’ work.

My style of coaching is focused on helping you to get the best out of your people so that you can enjoy running your business; rather than have the business run you! Many small business owners would like to spend more time with their family or other activities – and in most cases, that is all possible with only a few changes to the way they operate.

Your staff are your greatest asset. The more passionate they are, the more inspired and motivated; the better they perform and the better the business performs. (If you need ‘business paperwork’ advice; I’ll refer you to an appropriate specialist when needed.)

My MasterKey Business Coaching package is designed to help a business reach its sweet-spot. This is the juncture at which a business reaches critical mass, maintains its flexibility and has the cash flow to support its continued development whilst giving the owner the lifestyle they dream of.


Staff conflict can cripple a small business, so it is imperative that conflict is dealt with as soon as possible. Often conflict is underpinned by personal issues and the best way to deal with these is to use an impartial coach who is external to your business.
In my experience, most staff problems arise from communication breakdown or misunderstanding.  The real skill is to learn how to motivate staff in a way that they respond to. Because people are all different, often they are inspired by different approaches.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have I got a small business that I would like to be more profitable?
  • Do I work too many hours for the amount I take home? (or, my employees make more than me!)
  • Do I have a problem attracting good staff or motivating or keeping them?
  • Do I need to have more frequent holidays?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should give my unique MasterKey business coaching, mentoring and performance management program a closer look.

Life7 coaching iconThe Seven Steps We Will Take Together:

  1. Discover what drives you and understand your personal limitations.
  2. Clearly define your work/life goals and begin to put strategies in place to make them happen.
  3. Set up a growth proof business structure and learn how to ‘get things done.’
  4. Develop a ‘Business Bible’ guaranteed to increase the value of your business.
  5. Discover how to invest in the right staff and motivate effective teams.
  6. Harness the tools available and implement communication strategies that actually work.
  7. Step by step implementation.

small lockI developed this unique one-on-one coaching program specifically to help small business owners unlock the potential of their business and set up the lifestyle most of us dream of. A great way to discover exactly how this can benefit you would be to consider a trial coaching session.

We were coached by Chris throughout 2009. It was brilliant. Our business has just taken off like you wouldn’t believe.
Robyn Evans

Joint Owner, Jack Evans Workwear and Camping

Since we started implementing Chris’ initiatives, we’ve had a 15% increase in turnover in the departments we’ve targeted.
Matt Griffin

Manager, Queanbeyan Hotel

In 2015, I signed up for six months of fortnightly coaching. Before I knew it some great things were happening. The phone started ringing and business took off.
Chris Houghton

Owner, AGRI Strategies

2009…’What Global Financial Crisis?’

Chris has evolved his original Life7 coaching program into the new MasterKey program. In this video clip, shot in 2012, husband and wife small business retailers Murray and Robyn from Orange NSW talk about their coaching experience with Chris throughout 2009.

The MasterKey Coaching Package is intended for small to medium sized family owned businesses as there is a focus on lifestyle as well as business performance. If your business is larger than this then I suggest you consider giving me a call and we can discuss Leadership Coaching Options.
Coaching sessions usually last between 60 to 90 minutes. Initially we will meet face-to-face each fortnight until such time as things are starting to take shape. At an agreed time we will switch to monthly meetings and when everything is running smoothly we will switch to quarterly coaching sessions that are designed to keep you focused and on target.
This depends on your location. When possible I like to meet at your premises or at a mutually agreeable off site location. We may also do focused ‘off site’ workshops, subject to your situation and requirements. Most of my clients are in the southern region of NSW and Canberra, but I’ve also serviced clients in country NSW, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

Typical challenges I've helped clients solve:

Goal Setting

Goal setting is not always as simple as it sounds. Unfortunately, many people set goals based on flawed reasoning.

Time Management Skills

Improve your time management skills so that you get more done and have more time for contemplation.


Negotiation is the oil of life and business. Need help getting agreement on a proposal or opportunity?


Conflict Resolution

Conflict can easily escalate and cost you time, money, or relationships or worse. Let's 'nip it in the bud' today.

Succession Planning

Don't wait until the last minute to put a succession plan in place. You can't always predict when you'll need it.

Relieving Stress

If you are suffering from stress or overload, more often than not, structure can be used simplify and relieve stress.


Gain Clarity

When you get clarity on your life you can begin to take the steps necessary to take control of it.


We are surrounded by people and yet in this modern world we can sometimes feel so alone. But you don't need to be.

Improving Relationships

Your relationships will make or break you. (All premium coaching packages also include a bonus coaching session for a loved one or colleague).



Depression is a downward spiral. Fortunately, I've had considerable success in guiding people out of depression.

Staying Motivated

Sometimes we find it hard to stay motivated. Lack of motivation leads to depression, don't let it go on too long.

Career Mapping

Feeling like your career is going nowhere? Need help to get ahead? Let's work out a step-by-step strategy to get you the position you really want.

Life Balance

Commonly called 'Work Life Balance'; but it is never that simple! Controlling it is extremely important.


Your primary relationship will always your greatest relationship. Invest in it by examining love and learning to express your heart.

Overcoming Fear

We all suffer from fear at various times in our lives. If it's your time to shine and you are shaking like a leaf, perhaps it's time to do something about it.

Identity Crisis

Many of us suffer from an identity crisis. We fill too many roles, do too many tasks and answer to too many people. What is the solution?

Resetting Your Life

Dealt a bad hand in life? It is never too late to hit the reset button and change your course for good.

Idea Clutter

Sometimes we just get so many ideas we end up doing nothing. Get clarity and turn a great idea into reality.