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Monday
Dec202004

What I am working on with my clients

The holiday season and the new year is a time for reflection, goal setting and planning for the coming year. If you are thinking about making changes our pursuing your professional goals, you might be interested in the following:

A lot of people ask me what it is I work on with my clients. Well, it varies. I am working with a lot of great clients right now and it is a priviledge to be able to help them along their path to greater career fulfillment and the achievement of their goals.

To give you an idea, here is a sample of my current client projects:

* Unemployed sales manager in urgent job search

* Marketing coaching for an independent HR consultant

* Helping an Italy-based GM move from his existing position to a new opportunity, including resume writing, and job search advising

* Helping a sales professional move into her dream industry

* Helping an accountant in public practice find a controller position in private industry

* Advising a California-based VP, Software Development on his positioning in the market, including setting up online tools to help promote himself

* Coaching a young-ish CEO of a start-up company to help him perform and execute better

* Director of Software Development in job search

* Helping a Calgary-based executive with the initial creation of an innovative start-up idea

As you can see, there is a wide variety of client types, situations, and locations. Intrigued?

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Wednesday
Mar312004

10 Reasons to Invest in Your Career

Not investing in yourself is like floating down a fast river without a paddle, map or knowledge of what’s around the next bend. Things may go fine for a while, but at some point, you’re going to realize you made a giant mistake.

To avoid such unforeseen disaster in your career, you need to invest in it to proactively and thoughtfully create a plan for achieving your career and life goals.

And if that doesn’t convince you, here are 10 reasons why investing in your career is a must.

1. The Greatest Return on Investment, Anywhere
The return on investing and improving yourself is astronomically higher than any financial investment you could make. From increased lifetime earning power and unimagined opportunities, to protecting yourself from unemployment and the satisfaction that comes from personal growth and success — the returns are enormous.

2. You’re the Boss of You
If you’re the president and CEO of You Inc., then it’s your job to ensure you don’t go out of business. It’s your job to nurture growth and prosperity. You do this by carefully planning, performing consistently, operating true to your mission and investing in You Inc.

3. Become More Valuable
Draw up two balance sheets for yourself. The first one should be a list of your financial assets and liabilities. The second should be a list of your skills, ideas, knowledge, marketability, personal networks, passion and ability to make things happen. Increase your personal net worth by investing in your second list ? that’s how you’ll increase the assets on your first list.

4. Become Great
You are capable of greatness. Most of us settle for just getting by, using a fraction of our capabilities. This is tragic. Realize your greatness by identifying your talents and investing in your potential.

5. Achieve Your Goals
Your career and life goals are far too important to be just wishes. A mismanaged career can derail your life goals. Investing in yourself dramatically increases the probability of achieving your goals and is a real demonstration of your commitment to achieving them.

6. Create Your Own Future
Your career is yours to mold. Investing in yourself gives you the clarity, power and tools to create your own future and take the path less traveled. Sometimes, investing means taking a risk, but that’s the price of entry for success and happiness.

7. Because the World Is a Complex Place
You cannot know everything you need to know or do everything you need to do alone. You can’t be your best without help. Find and invest in those who can teach you, show you the way and help you achieve your goals.

8. Life Is Too Short for Mediocrity
You don’t have the luxury of being mediocre — period. Whether you opt for self-improvement or outsourcing your weak areas to someone who can do them better, determine where you are mediocre and get help.

9. It’s a Cliche, But on Your Deathbed?
The reason we hear this often is that it is so true. The passage of time will provide a perspective we don’t have now. One day, you’ll look back at your problems and successes and see them as bumps in the road. Your focus will be on the big picture: the life you led, opportunities pursued or abandoned, how happy you were and the legacy you left behind. Investing in yourself will give you the courage and determination to be happy and do your own thing.

10. Who Else Can You Count On?
Let’s face it: You’re alone on this. No one has as much to gain or lose as you do. No one else is going to make those consistent investments in your development to maximize your career and life.

How to Invest in Your Career
Invest in understanding yourself better and developing your goals, plans, professional skills, knowledge, career management skills, networks, and your personal brand and profile. Do it yourself, or work with experts like career coaches.

Try thinking, planning, self-assessment tools, goal development, reading, consulting experts, getting coached, taking courses, upgrading or acquiring skills and proactively marketing yourself. Recognize that investing in you often requires that you don’t play it safe.

Working with a coach is one of the most powerful ways to honor who you are and what you can become. Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about how I can help you achieve your career goals.

Monday
Jan122004

7 Career Questions to begin the New Year

The New Year is a natural time to reflect on life goals, your career and the coming year. Allow me to propose the following questions, which might help in your discovery.

  1. Are you happy doing what you do for a living? Are you happy doing it where you do it? When you do it? How you do it?
  2. To what degree is your current assignment/job/project/enterprise a fit with the real you? In other words, to what degree, if any, are you putting on a mask when you go to work? (Hint: The more you change yourself to fit into your job, the less you sleep at night.)
  3. To what degree is your current assignment/job/project in line with your long-term plans? Do you have a vision of how the rest of your career is going to unfold?
  4. Is there a chance you could get laid-off this year? Are you considering making a move or change? Do you have a goal to get promoted this year? Do you have a plan? Are you ready?
  5. Do you have the knowledge and skills to fully utilize the new online world of erecruitment and job search, elearning and networking? Are you?
  6. Have you thought about whether opportunities exist for you not in changing what you do, but how you do it? We often get stuck in the old way of thinking where making a living means having one job for one employer at one external place of work. If you could design a different way, would you?
  7. The Big Question: Imagine yourself in your ideal (but realistic) professional situation 5/10 years from now. How happy are you? Now, what is standing between you and this vision? Is it a pipe dream or something you seriously WANT? What resources, skills, knowledge, or relationships do you lack to achieve this vision?

There is a lot here and if you found some of these relevant, but didn’t dig into them, don’t worry. I encourage you to stay tuned via the RSS feed or mailing list.