Troutberry coaching typically begins with a client’s self-assessment of their current position and the setting of end goals. It is impossible to map out a path to the desired destination if neither we nor you know where we are starting from and where we are heading. 


The Fatal Assumption Questionnaire

“The Fatal Assumption is that if you understand the technical work of a business, you understand a business that does technical work.”  Michael E. Gerber, The E-Myth Revisited. The purpose of this survey is to evaluate where your business is in terms of maturity, identify the strengths and weakness of management, and to establish goals for your desired business direction

The Pizza Survey

This form is to capture ideas on what the organization should be doing more of, less of, and differently to move results in a positive direction. It also asks the critical question, “What do you do better than anyone else?” I like to explain this exercise using something that most people love and can relate to―pizza!

This form can be used by teams, individual team members, and your clients. Customization for your organization or purpose is easily done. Follow the link above for more detailed instructions and to think about how this form could be used by your organization.

Required Reading

The E-Myth Revisited link to PDF

The E-Myth, or Entrepreneurial Myth, says that most new businesses are not started by entrepreneurs who set out to build a strong business but by technicians who enjoy the hands-on work themselves. Because of that natural bias, most business owners focus on working in their business when really they should be working on their business. 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, renowned author Patrick Lencioni turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.