How can I move ahead faster in my career?
When I first became a career coach, most of my clients came to me out of frustration that they were not moving ahead as quickly in their careers as they hoped to. They were working 50, 60 or more hours a week, still working in the evenings and on weekends, sacrificing their social or dating life or time with their family.
For all their effort, they were passed over for promotions or told me that at review time, they got the same 1, 2 or 3 percent increase that everyone else got.
What struck me about them is that they were facing many of the same issues that my executive coaching clients were experiencing. I had an "a-ha" moment that these mid-career professionals who wanted to move ahead in their careers needed to get the same benefits of executive coaching, except 5-15 years before they landed in the executive suite.
I adapted my executive coaching program to meet the needs of mid-career professionals who were happy with their career choice but not happy about the pace of their progression in their career.
The most significant issue was not taking a proactive approach to their career. My clients just coasted along at the whim of their managers to move them where they thought they belonged. They never took the time to identify where they wanted to end up and what it would take to get there.
During the course of our work together, you and I will take the time to create your own professional SWOT analysis and understand how your own personal demons can derail your success.
The vast majority of my clients have some areas of communication in which they could be much stronger. We will identify those and create a skill development plan unique to your needs that will make you far more effective in the workplace, whether that is in one-on-one conversations with your boss or direct reports or during important meetings.
We'll determine what, if any, work habits are sabotaging your success (often time management and task management), as well as mastering key skills required for your success (such as leadership development, finance, networking, among many others).