Here’s a possible scenario: You’re hearing about layoffs going on within your industry. Maybe even within your company. People are talking about management looking to reorganize (gasp), automate (ugh), or outsource (no kidding).
All this is making you feel anxious and jittery about your career future. You’re constantly wondering whether you’re job or your position is at risk.
Maybe, you’re already sensing that your work is becoming less and less relevant to the “main thing” of your division or your company.
A cog in the wheel. That’s how you feel and worse, you’re not even sure the wheel you’re on matters all that much anymore.
If you feel this way, the somewhat comforting news is that you’re not alone. Gallup reports that roughly two-thirds of the global workforce are actively disengaged at work. And the work situations described above are among the common reasons why people feel the way they feel at work.
The real good news is that you can do something about it now. You don’t have to depend on your company’s management to do something and change things. You don’t have to wait until the brick falls to take action.
In a world where change comes fast and furious, the one with a plan is ahead of the game.
Your plan insulates you from frantic predictions and wild changes that are going on around you. With your plan serving as a North Star, you won’t be easily turned around or get flustered by the next big thing.
Contrary to prevailing notions about plans, your plan isn’t—in fact, it shouldn’t be—etched in stone. It’s not one path from here to there because you cannot rely on things remaining the same. Market forces change. Companies change. Industries change. And most importantly, you change.
Think of your plan as a route map toward the career horizon that you’re aiming for. It will help you stay grounded when your company or industry makes sharp turns.
So the first step is to come up with your own plan—and mind you, not the kind that’s tied to or dependent on your company’s plan. Then you’ll want to test and validate the assumptions in there (because there will be assumptions, trust me), tweak and adjust. Then, take action according to the plan.
“Right. That’s easier said than done.”
I hear you.
That’s why for the past few years, I’ve been studying, researching, and figuring out how this principle works in practice in this fast-changing world of ours.
I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who’ve made this happen (as well as those who failed). And I worked with clients to see what works and what needs refining.
The result of all that work is Steer Your Career.
Steer Your Career is both a framework and a core set of workshops that help you
- get clear on your career horizon and develop a blueprint;
- test the variables within your plan so you can take action with confidence; and
- build the supporting infrastructure to keep you focused and motivated as you move forward.
Steer Your Career helps you get ahead and stay ahead with your own gameplan. Your own playbook.
“That’s great but I don’t have the time.”
The reality is we’re all busy with already over-flowing plates. Nobody has the time to work on long courses that take weeks to complete. And while one-on-one coaching engagements are effective, they often require weeks or months of commitment and cost thousands of dollars.
Steer Your Career was developed with the busy professional who wants bite-size learning in mind.
While it provides an end-to-end career strategy framework, Steer Your Career is delivered in a series of workshops that you can take one step at a time.
Each of the workshops is 90 or 120 minutes long and designed to maximize your learning experience through focused deep dives and plenty of practice opportunities. After the workshop, you can also participate in an online community for additional implementation support and network with folks who are as serious about their career as you are.
While we cannot predict the future, we can plan for it. And Steer Your Career can help you position yourself so that you’ll never feel like the rug’s been pulled from under you.
I am excited to have the chance to work with you, to help you define the future you want, and build the plans that will take you there.