By chance, are you looking to find your ideal Career Coach? I saw a recent article in Financial Management on the topic. This triggered a thought.
Over the years, I’ve reminded many colleagues that the best investment that I’ve made in my company and in my career is in myself. I don’t ever confuse this with the behavior of “leaders eating last.” That is a different premise entirely.
As the article points out, a Career Coach can help create a personalized plan to achieve the goals of your work life. That said, career coaches aren’t therapists! They aren’t qualified or experienced to intervene or opine on emotional, mental or psychological issues. The right Career Coach should provide unbiased perspective (they should have your success and well being firmly at the center of the relationship). Further, they should identify challenges, roadblocks and/or blind spots that might stymie your progress towards your career objectives.
As I have noted many times in my blog, I’ve had the great pleasure of serving under some great Coaches in my life.
Going back to when I was a CEO, I’ve always had a Career Coach. They have been particularly helpful when I’ve experienced “the dip”; unfulfilling moments in my life or career or to take action to change direction.
Maybe you have a friend, colleague or contemporary who could use some a coaches clarifying conversation?
Recently, Paul Sand acquainted me with a critical thinking visualization tool called a Radar Diagram. A radar diagram is a visual problem solving tool. Some may have seen it referred to as a spider graph, mind map or star profile. As Paul says, “diagram allows you to plot several elements to visualize, compare and contrast how things are progressing in your life personally or professionally.” A brain dump to paper if you will.
Unpacking this a bit, some time ago, I initially came into contact with Paul Sand and his “Idea Sandbox” through a VISTAGE contact.
Over the years, I have found Paul’s ideas and his Idea Sandbox helpful to me for ideation, creative brainstorming, innovation, and help in identifying (visualizing) a problem. Further, Paul’s content is always “on the business” and accretive in the area of decision-making and problem solving. Idea Sandbox
The Radar Diagram fits my preferred learning style as I am a visual learner.
I have attached an example of a recently completed Radar Diagram JMS Radar Diagram 0918 using myself as an example. The Radar Diagram allows me to easily visualize my near-term strategic objectives at a glance for my VISTAGE Chair practice. (NOTE: the completed Radar Diagram also suggests that I have work to do, which is the purpose!) I have also attached a Blank Radar Diagram PDF template for your convenience. Blank_Radar_Diagram
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