Career Coaching – it is the ideal grad gift for your children. I figure that this is the optimum time to talk about this subject – for two reasons.
I am certain that over the last few months, you’ll have read about the great college admissions scam, with parents bribing mega-bucks (up to $500,000!) to get their kids, with false credentials, into posh, hip halls of learning. These young people, as well as their parents, could possibly benefit from a good career management coach. It also inspired me to write more about ethics, which you will see in my upcoming posts.
But right now, it’s springtime – when a young person’s thoughts turn lightly or heavily to graduation – and parents, godparents and other relatives and friends wonder about the perfect gift to celebrate and reward student achievements. How about one of those gifts that keeps on giving (a cliché, maybe, but true)? I’m talking about Career Coaching. It can take your adult child much further than that car or bike or vacation he/she/they want.
On May 19th 2019, billionaire Robert Smith in the United States made an announcement as he was addressing a graduating class at Moorehouse University – that he was going to pay off all of the student debt for the graduates. For a man who has a few billion dollars, this gesture to pay off 40 million dollars for the grads at this university was rightfully praised by so many people.
This gift by Mr. Smith will enable graduates to start the next chapter of their lives, whether continuing their education or launching their careers, with clear heads and less stress about the debts they have to repay. The $40 million given by Mr. Smith is a small cost to him, but to the students it means a lot and it will help them to establish and progress in their careers.
You, as parents, have already invested your savings into your children’s future by ensuring that they receive the education they need. To complement the money that you have already spent on their education, why not make a small additional investment once they graduate for objective, professional coaching. This will help them to make appropriate decisions and to move successfully ahead in their careers.
I have worked with students and graduates as a Graduate Placement Advisor at a local community college and as a career coach at a university. I have also coached some students and graduates in my own private practice. Working with young people is a pleasure for me because they are so optimistic and idealistic .
After these young graduates have completed 3, 4 or more years of specific areas of study in college or university, I have always appreciated how motivated and enthusiastic they are in finding the right career path for them. At the same time, I have found that some graduates and students may lack confidence and need support as they make major decisions about their continued studies or the job market they wish to enter.
I have found the coaching relationship has been beneficial to graduates and rewarding for me. We work together making decisions about post-graduate studies, in programs that may complement what they have already learned. We also discuss if they are ready to launch their careers.
When required, I have assisted graduates and employment seekers prepare their branding, resumes, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters. I have coached them to be the best that they can be in their interviews and I have supported them as they have transitioned into their new work roles. I admire the increasing numbers of colleges and universities that offer some genuinely applicable coaching – as I’ve read here.
The best career coaches, I believe, also build upon the coaching students may already have received in school. An astute coach can take the knowledge and understanding gained in the academic environment, and extend and adapt it for use within the corporate business world or in other organizations and institutions that graduates may begin to work in. Good coaching can focus on how to work as a team player, which is essential in any work environment. There’s also the need to learn negotiation skills, how to achieve balance and avoid burnout.
I feel grateful to have coached grads from almost every profession and career path. I have directed them to demonstrate the required professionalism for their chosen path.
Coaching can be a great grad gift. But it’s also the gift that keeps giving all year round, and at any time of year. Contact me to learn more.
If you want to be a happier manager, you’re not alone! In a 2011 Berrett-Koehler survey of 150 leaders, a stunning 68% of managers confessed they don’t actually like being managers. So what can you do about it?
The best leaders can see it as the signal to make a change. An effective manager or leader doesn’t make excuses and stay stuck in a rut. They figure out how to extricate themselves and reconnect with their sense of passion and meaning so that they can be a happier manager. Here are 5 things that you can do to be a happier manager:
Be a Happier Manager By Recognizing Myths At Work
First, is it possible you’re managing by hit or myth? (myth meaning a long-standing belief that could be debunked).
The book, ‘Myths of Management: What People Get Wrong About Being the Boss’ (by Stefan Stern and Gary Cooper CBE (Kogan Page 2018) presents 44 of what the authors say are faulty beliefs:
For example, some myths include: that leadership is more important than management/that there is one right way to lead or manage/that you must keep up with all the new management ideas and give them a try. Stern and Cooper gently kill off these myths, while sharing how to find the balance. That’s my goal as a career consultant and coach, as well – to find the balance that works for you.
Be Authentic – and Flexible
I’ve been reading another book – ‘Managing For People Who Hate Managing: Be A Success By Being Yourself’ by Devora Zack (Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc. 2012).
According to Zack, success as a manager comes through finding the managing style that fits who you are. This is not to say you can do whatever you want. As she says, “Be who you are – just flex your style to manage others.” Whether the approach you take is tough or mild, it’s about a range of techniques – being versatile in how you lead, communicate and motivate. The ideal is “maximizing your rapport with others while maintaining your core of integrity.”
Be Accountable to Be a Happier Manager
You may dislike of being a manager because you are not taking charge of and ‘owning’ what you do. As I say in my ebook ‘The Top 5 Advantages of Hiring A Business Coach Today’ accountability means owning responsibility for all your decisions and actions regardless if the outcome is good or bad. Accountable leaders do not point fingers to try and shift responsibility to others when things go wrong. They focus on fixing the problem and making things right.
The Value of Learning and A New Perspective
Could you benefit from research, a refresher course and refreshed relationships with colleagues? In my work with executives and entrepreneurs, I have often found that those who remain open to learning and flexibility are more likely to ‘close’ in on success. Approach struggles and setbacks as great opportunities to refine skills, grow professionally, and meet and conquer challenges
While you may not enjoy what you’re doing, doing it well can provide a lot of satisfaction. Of course, if you dislike being a manager at your current company, there may be issues that are too major to overcome. This month I’ll be writing more about how to find a new position, professionally.
Improve Your Managerial Skills With A Business Consultant + Coach
You may be an expert in terms of education and experience in your specific field, but you may not be proficient with the management skills needed to run an effective team. A business consultant/coach can help you develop those critical interpersonal, strategic and management skills that are essential to be effective at any level.
I can help you pinpoint the cause of why you are overwhelmed and becoming unproductive, and help put you on the path to make changes. Please download my free ebook, and let’s arrange a 30-minute initial meeting. It’s easy to manage and can help you significantly improve your managerial skills.
Tackling business including how to achieve goals, set priorities and improve skills is often helped by a great cup of coffee (or tea or juice). As a business/career coach, I sometimes treat clients and colleagues, as I advise them on many career and management issues. And one place I used to go was a local coffee-deli-restaurant-bakery I’ll call BCW (now closed and replaced by a new business). What happened to BCW – and could a business coach have helped? Keep reading to find out.
Though it was a social venue, it often was, like many cafes, a meeting place for business meetings. Its very location was a kind of ‘how to succeed’ geographically. BCW was located on a main street, near a busy intersection with a streetcar and bus stop. It was spacious, yet intimate, with a summer patio. Yet, sites like Reddit and Yelp had no shortage of opinions as to why it’s good riddance.
Amidst the raves for certain menu items, there were dozens of comments and complaints about the service, the food, the size of the place and dealing with difficult people including the owner. Maybe she was overwhelmed at work. Many ‘posters’ recommended the nearby Starbucks as the better place to go. As I read the complaints, I began to get a picture of what *might* have caused this angst. ‘What not to do’ morphed into ‘how to manage well, reduce stress at work, meet and exceed goals with great service’, and overall ‘how to succeed’ in a business.
New Perspective from a Business Coach
Good decisions, bad decisions – sometimes it helps to have an outside-inside professional, like a Career Management and Business Coach to help you manage the myriad of issues in your working day. I generally work with corporate executives, but doing business day-to-day involves people from all disciplines. There are some things big corporations can learn from small business and vice versa.
As for what you can do when you’re at the mercy of review sites, and people dumping on you just because they can? Not much, because the web is all about democracy. The owner of BCW is still seeing these reviews, even though her business has shut down.
When (and if) you should defend your reputation online is something I’ll address in another post. For now, try envisioning your business as a main-street café. Where everything you do/don’t do contributes towards success or failure of that business. Where the world has a front row on how you prep and implement throughout the day. Your workplace ambiance has to be pretty darn good for people. That it’s the kind of meeting-place that succeeds with customers and clients.
Would you like to talk about your business issues over coffee? Consider the initial meetings as the appetizer before the ‘entree’ into complete career and business coaching! Book an appointment today.