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Finding your ideal Career Coach

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.

Here are a few “triggers” that might help you if you are thinking about a Career Coach:

  1. Malaise: Apathy and anxiety are two sure signs you could use a Coach. If you’re having trouble getting out of bed it might be a very good time to have a discovery call with a Career Coach.

  2. Unfulfilled ambition: Ideally, you approach a Coach when you’re doing well and you want to get to the next level. Put together an action plan on how best to proceed. This conversation may accelerate your desired outcome. Re-focus, re-evaluate and set new goals for yourself.

  3. Entitlement or complacency: Sometimes we think we’re better than we are. A good Coach helps me identify those feelings, sorts them out and defines and maps my unique abilities to career acceleration.

  4. Anger: I’ve had times when my anger has gotten the best of me. Shoot, we all do! When that happens, it is helpful to re-route those feeling quickly and get them channeled in the right direction.

  5. Stale, stuck or stagnant? Sometime a “clarity break” with an independent career coach can be just the tonic for the situation.

Maybe you have a friend, colleague or contemporary who could use some a coaches clarifying conversation?

 

 

Critical thinking visualization tool

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

Critical thinking visualization tool

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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

If you are similarly interested in experimenting with this simple, critical thinking visualization tool, here are your next best actions:

1. Write the variables or things that you wish to measure on each spoke.

2. Set a measurement (KPIs) from the center outward. Use the same scale on every spoke.

3. From observance, you can easily spot “out of balance” or “outliers” using the visual tool. In fact, I plan to keep a copy of this in front of me on my desk as a constant visual reminder. Therefore, the intelligence derived from the visual tool makes the intelligence “actionable.”

4. Let’s talk about this tool in your life next time together.

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The Vistage Small Business Program gives you a forum to rise above the urgent and focus on what's most critical: the tough, strategic decisions that will drive your business forward.

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The challenges small business leaders face are anything but small.

Designed for the challenges of small business owners.

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You currently make all decisions on your own and worry you may be missing something.

Get unbiased, confidential advice from a group of your peers who have faced similar challenges.

You occupy so many roles in the company that you’re in danger of burnout.

Learn from seasoned executives how to create work-life balance by putting leadership and processes in place for seamless operations.

You're mired in day-to-day business operations and haven’t been able to stay ahead of trends.

Connect directly with experts for personalized advice to help you focus on the strategic decisions that will lead to long-term growth.

You haven’t been able to secure necessary resources to fuel growth.

Gain fresh perspectives and insights from other entrepreneurs on how they’ve successfully financed their companies’ growth.

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Aside from deciding to start a new company, joining Vistage is the single best business decision I have ever made — hands down. As a small, high growth company, I needed a board of advisors with more business experience than I had. My Vistage group is ideal in that capacity."

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