Our career-transition services are intended for anyone who wants to make their career, or life more generally, more as they would like it to be. It is based around a four-stage process:
The initial "Who Am I?" stage usually incorporates some diagnostics, analysis and reflection. The basic idea is to get a good understanding of one's personal qualities, skills, attributes, strengths, motivations and values - to develop self-awareness, or as the ancient Greeks said "know thyself", "γνϖθ ι σεαυτον", "gnōthi seavton". In essence, the identification of these fundamentals provides the foundations on which the rest of the process is built.
In order to help people clarify their thinking on these issues, they usually undertake some psychometric assessments. They may also spend time reflecting on what they really want from work and seek feedback about themselves from informed sources, such as previous work mates and managers, colleagues and even friends, partners and other family members.
One frequently used instrument is "Strengthscope" , www.strengthscope.com. This is a strengths-assessment tool that provides a comprehensive measure of an individual's strengths and the extent to which these are productively applied at work. Strengths in this context are not just about competence or competencies (i.e. how good you are at something or what qualities you need to do your job). Instead, they relate to underlying qualities or personality characteristics that "energise" you and make you feel stronger when you use them at work.
The notion of adopting a "strengths-focused approach" has a long history, recently gaining momentum through the positive psychology movement. Its roots are diverse and span management science, psychology, and philosophy.
Strengthscope provides a model and measure of strengths that is directly relevant to 21st century organisations. The tool's twenty-two strengths are shown below:
Emotional strengths concerns how you manage and express your emotions in relation to circumstances and people around you, including:
Thinking strengths concern preferences for applying intellect, information gathering and decision making and include:
Relational strengths concern establishing and maintaining productive relations with others and include:
Execution strengths address the delivery of results, both what is delivered and how, including:
The second "Where am I Now?" stage introduces the Workbook component to the programme. Everyone who signs up for the programme gets their own copy of the Workbook, which contains a number of exercises. These are usually completed prior to a meeting with your career-coach. (The meeting itself can be face-to-face, over the phone or even via Skype video-conference, according to your preference).
The exercises at this stage included:
The third stage, "Where Do I Want To Go?" aims to help you describe more accurately what you want from your next role and/or your career more generally. It includes the following exercises:
The final stage, "How Am I Going To Get There?", is designed to help you formulate and execute your plan of attack. Consequently, it contains the following exercises:
Please contact us now to arrange your free, no-obligation first consultation.