Who is this program for? You like your job. But you want to balance (i) the demands of the job (ambition, deadlines, hours, responsibilities, targets etc.) with (ii) life outside work (more “you” time, less FOMO and more being able to commit to friends, family and socialising). You want to feel good about achieving that balance, even if others may think you’re not as committed as they think you should be. You want a better work/life balance.
How does the Balancing Act program benefit you? There are 5 stages: (i) we identify your professional and personal aims and needs; (ii) we score their importance and urgency to you and others and also give each of them a satisfaction score; (iii) we use the overall scores to prioritise what you do so as to achieve maximum effect and greatest satisfaction; (iv) we create a short- and longer-term implementation plan; and (v) you carry out, monitor and adjust your plan with my support. The result is the that you get more control and a better work/life balance.
Who is this program for? You’re on a career conveyor belt. You may have got on the belt by accident. At the moment you don’t know whether to stay on the belt and speed up, or slow down the belt to take stock, or just get off altogether. You want to explore whether what you do now is what you do next and what this means in the long term. You want to see if you’re on track, or whether you should explore something else (and if so, what). You’re testing your career plan.
How does the Sense Check program benefit you? There are 7 stages: (i) we work out what you like (or not) about your work; (ii) we work out what you’re good at (or not) at work; (iii) we imagine and develop the components of your perfect job; (iv) we consider how your accumulated experience and skills (in work and life) sit comfortably with what you do now and your perfect job; (v) we assess the extent to which you are using (or ignoring) your accumulated experience and skills to see how on track you are (or not); (vi) if you’re on track we move on to the Going Places program; but (vi) if you’re not on track we work out how to get you off the conveyor belt quickly (but sensibly) and focus on something that will suit you better.
Who is this program for? You love your job. You’re working towards the next stages in your career as a senior manager, director or other C-suite role. Your progress is encouraged and supported by your employer. But you recognise that promotion usually happens only when you’re already performing at the next level up. So you want to be more skilled at such things as business development, influencing, leadership, networking, personal branding, promotion politics and the many other (silent) expectations that go with moving from junior, to expert, to manager, to leader, to strategist, to owner. You’re going places.
How does the Going Places program benefit you? There are 6 stages: (i) we do a big-picture Imagining My Future exercise; (ii) we identify the skills and competencies you have or need to achieve your short- and longer-term career goals; (iii) we identify the people you already know or need to know who can cajole, develop, feedback, mentor, introduce, stretch, support or train you; (iv) we work out if you can stay where you are or need to move on to progress your career; (v) we create a short- and longer-term implementation plan; and (vi) you carry out, monitor and adjust your plan with my support. Consciously managing your own career in this way gives you a much greater chance that you will be going places, but on your terms.
Who is this program for? You want to plan and manage your later career. You realise you need to build up connections and expertise en route that will give you the resources and flexibility to make choices later in your career and later in your life (instead of others making choices for you) or imposing changes that may not be welcome. You’re investing in plans to evolve old-style compulsory retirement into a time when you decide do things (including activities in addition to working) on your terms. You’re working on a portfolio. You’re designing a Plan B for later.
How does the Planning Ahead program benefit you? There are 6 stages that resemble the Evolvers programs and are more long-term than the Going Places program. They are: (i) we do a big-picture Imagining My Later Career exercise; (ii) we identify the skills and competencies you have or need to have to design and control your later career; (iii) we identify the people you already know or need to know who can cajole, develop, feedback, mentor, introduce, stretch, support or train you; (iv) we work out if you can stay where you are or need to move on to exploit a later career; (v) we design a long-term implementation plan; and (vi) you carry out, monitor and adjust that plan with my support.
Consciously anticipating your own later career gives you a much greater chance that you will be able to implement (rather than fall back on) a Plan B and be able to call the shots on your terms.