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07/07/2014

Career Transition Is the New Normal


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These days, given the accelerating rate of change in the world, in the economy, and in the workplace, we’re ALL either in a state of “career transition”—or we will be soon. Whether you are a CEO or executive, a manager, an individual contributor on the front lines, in business for yourself, just beginning your career, a seasoned professional, or re-inventing your career, you will be more effective, successful and happy in your work when you:

  • Work on your “inner game” and learn to develop an agile and resilient mindset.
  • Understand and practice very practical steps to improve your relationships with others.
  • Are clear and focused about what your values, needs, and strengths are.
  • Pay attention to not only your head, but also your heart and your “gut.”
  • Develop skills, competencies, and interests that meet needs and help solve problems in the community and business world of today.

If you’re struggling with some aspect of your work, consider the following research findings: The primary cause of executives’ career derailment involved deficits in emotional competence, according to research from the Center for Creative Leadership:

  • Difficulty handling change
  • Inability to work in a team
  • Poor interpersonal relations

Now consider what Google discovered in their extensive research and data analysis. This won’t surprise you. Managers have a much greater impact on employees’ performance and how they feel about their job than any other single factor. People typically leave a company for one of three reasons, or a combination of them:

  • They don’t feel a connection to the mission of the company or sense that their work matters. 
  • They don’t like or respect their co-workers. 
  • They have a terrible boss. 

These days you need to be proactive about gaining all the advantage you possibly can in the workplace and in your career vision. You need to be an insatiable learner, willing to consider new approaches, new insights, get feedback from assessments and from other people about yourself, and add tools to your toolbox that may seem a little bit “out there.” When you do, you’ll master the art of thriving through change. 

Hiring a coach and embarking on a coaching partnership focused on your needs and objectives may be one of the best learning and results accelerators available to you, to lift and propel you forward. Working with a coach accelerates you on your path from the challenge or frustration of the moment to the results you want. Along the way you’ll learn more about yourself—and how to get out of your own way. You’ll experience insights and “aha” moments, and greater clarity to help you focus on the right actions. And, you’ll be taking practical action to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. 

Think about coaching when:

  • You’re dealing with something urgent, compelling, or exciting with a lot at stake (a challenge, stretch goal, or an opportunity).
  • A gap exists in your knowledge, skills, confidence, or resources.
  • You have a desire to accelerate results.
  • You need clarity as you consider choices.
  • Success is becoming problematic.
  • Your work and your life feel out of balance and stress is overwhelming.
  • You need some help identifying core strengths and how to leverage them.
  • Your head is telling you one thing and your heart is telling you something else.
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