As both an entrepreneur and a coach who has their own coach, I have a few things to say on this topic.
The FT-backed startup publication recently posted results from their poll of readers, showing 50% of their respondents work with a coach, the biggest portion being Founders.
We live in a culture that celebrates entrepreneur success.
People want entrepreneurs to be successful, its good for the economy, it boosts the belief that we can carve a path of our own and it feels good to be associated with or buy from a company that is doing well.
The world has changed and no longer are we having serendipitous interactions in coffee shops, co-working spaces and events in the ways we once had. Whilst offline meetings could well be back in full force soon, they could just as well be taken away again. So we’re left with two options: stop networking or network online.
I owe proactive networking tactics to my own triumphs changing career paths, going freelance, landing corporate clients, and successfully turning my side hustle into my full-time career. When I’ve interviewed for jobs in the past almost 80% of these interviews have been through contacts…
Allow me to introduce the concepts as I see them.
The act of doing things in an efficient manner. This is about using time in a smart way. Productivity is not about squeezing an 18 hour day into 12 hours or forgoing sleep, but rather about managing your routine & workload in a way that maximises what you are able to achieve.
Anything external to you that helps you to do things. From pen & paper, a piece of software, to an alarm clock.
Various actions put together in a specific way for an intended outcome. Eg. the…
Values are a fancy way of describing what is important to you.
They are not a personality test, but they tie into why we do certain things and how we act.
Think of it this way…
Your career is a journey. The end destination is the vision you have for where you’re headed. You haven’t got there yet but ideally you have a good idea of what it will be like. To get to your vision you will set milestones (goals) along the way, which can let you know that you’re on track and leading you closer towards the end…
Each week for The Ask newsletter I write in-depth answers to commonly asked career questions. My thoughts derive from almost a decade working in executive & startup recruitment and more recently as a coach for The Ask. coaching people pursuing courageous career paths.
Today’s question: Do you need a personal mission statement for your career?
Yes is the answer.
I first touched on this topic in my article How to Carve a Unique Career Path You’ll Love with These Six Steps.
Now, let’s go deeper.
A personal mission statement directs you towards something bigger than yourself. It is about finding…
I’ve long supported entrepreneurial people find the right opportunities for where they are in their lives whether that’s building their own business or joining an early-stage startup.
In January this year I did a podcast episode on the pros and cons of working in a startup as well and some trade secrets I’ve learned throughout the years in startup recruitment. The episode came out this week. You can listen to the full version here or watch a snippet below for a taster.
Today we’ll delve into this a little further, answering what actually is a startup, and how to…
The freelance lifestyle can conjure up images of a digital nomad sipping iced tea in Bali by the pool with their laptop, with no fixed abode and limited responsibilities.
Let’s dispel some myths and look at what being a freelancer really entails.
A freelancer is self-employed and is responsible for sourcing their own clients who they work for on a temporary basis. In some cases, temporary might be months or even years, and in others, less than a full day’s work.
I see this answer as having three parts to it:
i) Understanding the Different Types of Career Goals You Need
ii) Distinguishing Between Outcome and Process goals
iii) Making your goals SMART
Get a promotion? Start a business? Earn six figures?
These kinds of goals we would be likely to share with others in casual conversation down the pub.
But meaningful goals don’t have to be such conversation-topic worthy milestones.
Career success can be attained through defining smaller, thematic goals that relate to specific aspects of your life and career.
If your only goal is to earn $100k and it…
Whether you’re off to a job interview or just want to take stock of what you’ve got going for you, I invite you to reflect on your skills as we go through this list.
When noting yours down, focus only on those which fulfill the following three criteria:
Functional skills are those which are transferrable across any industry or environment.
So even if you work in hospitality right now…
Let’s start by differentiating passion from purpose.
To have a purpose in your work means that your work meets your core values and you believe in the ‘why’ behind it. Passion, on the other hand, implies your extreme love or enthusiasm for something.
In a 2003 study of college students at the University of Quebec by Robert Vallerand, found students to be much more passionate about sports, art, and music than anything they were studying. But the reality is only 3% of jobs can be found in those industries. (Paul Jarvis writes about this in Company of One).
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