Business Name: FocalPoint Business Coaching
Contact Name: Jim Diebold
3702 Treadway Trail
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
FocalPoint specializes in Business and Executive Coaching as well as training. We lead leaders to optimize their overall business performance and reach their fullest potential. Our mission is to guide leaders to bring forth new possibilities never imagined. In doing so we eliminate uncertainty, stress, and frustration. We want the leader to experience unprecedented results and sustainable success that will stand the test of time.
What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I had spent 10 years in a traditional corporate role which led to an opportunity to become a business owner in the same space. I quickly started working 50 hours per week. For the next five years, I strained relationships with my wife and son. I was not in a good place personally.
My partner was also miserable. He left and I closed the business. I then spent about 18 months not sure what to do next. What I did know was that I did not want to go back into the corporate space. FocalPoint found me when I was in a place where I had to make a decision.
I became a certified FocalPoint coach because I could partner with owners and leaders, walking hand-in-hand with them, and helping them navigate the same waters I had been in. I could make a greater impact on a person, team, or community in this capacity. More than I ever could in my previous roles.
How did you come to faith in Christ?
I grew up in a Christian family. Very dedicated. But I would say I was in the category of not having an actual relationship with Jesus. During the challenging times of owning my previous business, I came across KLOVE and its 30-day challenge. That led to going to a different church. That led to recommitting to Jesus through baptism.
For brevity, I’m leaving out all the times of tears in the car during this transformation. That was especially true during the 18 months I wasn’t really working or earning anything. My story is the epitome of how God can redeem any story. Everything I have gone through has prepared me for what I am doing today. And my family and I are no longer passive Christians.
How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I continually lean into the Holy Spirit for guidance. I am less shy about bringing up God/Jesus in conversations. So much of what I hear – challenges in business and personal lives – is answered by the Bible. I am still evolving here, but I provide verses to help with situations more than I ever have.
What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We have been a scouting family. The BSA is rooted in Duty to God and being reverent. Even though my son has aged out, I still volunteer in our District.
Beyond that, I don’t know that I champion a specific cause. I am in a group that has partnered with PAUSE for Parents and Women of Alabaster. PAUSE provides respite for families with special needs children. Whether it be to go to church or have a date night. Women of Alabaster helps recover women who have been victims of trafficking. When possible I steer people towards A Child’s Hope International. I have served there a couple of times. The story hurts to hear. The meals we assemble are the one meal that day that the child gets.