How coaching can help you tap into your inner wisdom for empowering career choices
The traditional approach to finding your next role
When people think about their next career move, they often look for roles which they know they can do, and will provide a step along an existing career path. They go through job agencies or look at existing advertised roles, decide to apply, and then enter the formal recruitment process. This is a perfectly valid approach, and is an important part of job-seeking. It can be greatly beneficial when you connect with many expert recruiters we have in New Zealand. However there are drawbacks if you use only this approach to find your next role. The drawbacks are:
- It is passive – a person waits for an advertised role, and allows other people to reject or accept them. This creates feelings of ‘stuckness’ and even powerlessness in some people.
- It is competitive, which adds an extra element of stress during times of change.
- It takes people down a path they are already on, which reduces opportunities to grow and maximise skills – without realising it, people get more of the same, which includes both the things they liked and didn’t like about their past roles.
- It reinforces the artificial separation of work/life.
- It creates confusion in people who are good at many things, as it means they can perform a wide variety of roles. This can put them out of touch with what they truly want as part of a fulfilling career.
In short, it is old fashioned to just wait and apply for roles. It disadvantages you. There is so much more you can do to get the job and life you want, while you are waiting for those roles to come up. This is where support from a coach can help you. Continue reading
Ooo I do love a good list! But what happens when you get list fatigue? Christmas is a time for lists. Actually weddings are too. And wedding season is coming so what happens when two lists collide? Overwhelm, that’s what.
Often we experience the tyranny of list-making. Have you ever gone to the super market with your list and then forgot to buy the very thing you mean to get?
[Actually, I love lists so much I am even reading a book about lists. It’s called the Next Thing on my list by Jill Smolinksi (2007), and is a ripping yarn about a woman who completes someones else’s bucket list. It’s a positive, transforming and uplifting story about how our protagonist moves from a passive responder to creator in her own life. Highly recommended for List Nerds like myself.]
Lists are every where, especially on blogs, where we have The Top 5 ‘This and That’s’ all the time. The topic of this blog post is how to make lists work for you. If you are the kind of person who puts things on your to do list that you have already done in order for you to have the pleasure of ticking them of, then this post is for you.
I will also reveal a few of my favourite lists, and some photos from my favourite photo list. Continue reading
Rodin sculpture at Stanford University, California
In 2006 I journeyed to Stanford University as part of a fellowship to study the relationship between leadership and power. I say ‘journeyed’ because that is what the experience felt like – by the end of it I felt like a weary traveller who had battled many monsters and looked into the abyss. However, like many hero’s journeys, I came back with treasure, namely, what are the behaviours that can be learned that will help us become more powerful? And the central truth from my travels was that we become more powerful by making others more powerful. So how could I do that, in a way that enriches the greater good?