Have you been downsized?
Has your industry changed drastically leaving you feeling irrelevant?
Do you need/want work that holds meaning?
Are you unable to leverage your strengths in your job and accomplish things you love doing with your talent?
A powerful set of tools, models and strategies are available for anyone who answered yes to these three questions.
Common wisdom may tell you:
- decide what you need to do next, then craft a plan and execute it
- go back to school and get more training
Both are MYTHS that often only work for a tiny percent of individuals.
Career reinvention is not a straight path. It is a crooked journey of experimenting and trying out a variety of options before settling into the perfect spot. It can be filled with fear, vulnerability, excitement and opportunity.
In this interview, Lyn Christian of SoulSalt Inc. discusses a reinvention journey in process with one of her clients. See for yourself how the reality of crafting a whole new career can look.
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This section of my blog is dedicated to documenting and expanding on the concept of personal and/or professional reinvention. Documentation is delivered through the stories of current coaching clients while expanding the concept is delivered in entries such as this offering hints or resources.
Working identity metamorphosis is often a complex blend of excitement and fear. It undoubtedly benefits most from persistence and the acquisition of a support system. It cannot be rushed if you want the best outcome. I have found a single starting point that I would offer here as a key piece of free advice. That would be to read the book Working Identity.
Published by Harvard Business Press, this book has become a bible for me and my clients. It is the best resource you can if you are changing out an old career for a new one.
Get the book. Read it. Review it often to inform your transition.
For over a decade, I’ve been taking clients through a process I call Finding Your Hedgehogs. The genesis of my work started in 1998 when I began coaching. About 30% of those who came to me for coaching were seeking support while making a career-based transition. I took note and started to study unique and effect ways to “walk the sideline” of such clients.
In 2001 I read Jim Collin’s newly published Good to Great. Collin’s described the “hedgehog” concept as the convergence of three main business elements: Passion, World-Class Ability, and Economic Drivers. As I studied Collin’s book I realized that what was universal for companies, could be specifically applied to individuals.
That same year I also discovered Now, Discovery Your Strengths by Donald Clifton, the father of the Strength’s Finder Assessment, and Marcus Buckingham. Their research made sense. The Strength Profile that came with the book as an online test quickly showed me a correlation between their work and the “World-Class Ability” Collin’s spoke of. I started using the assessment with clients to help them uncover their potential “world-class” offerings.
Two years later in 2003 I read an article in Harvard Business Review about Herminia Ibarra’s new book Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Immediately I ordered a copy and devoured each page at least three times. I made extensive notes on legal pads (notes I still review on a regular basis) and combined all these findings with some methodologies of my own.
Today I have a successful system for assisting people who are reinventing or reimagining their working identities. This portion of my blog is dedicated to the testimonials, stories, downloads, and real-time reports from the playing-field of those who have, are and will be changing the way they earn their livings