As you will have probably have guessed by looking round my site, I am fond of stars. Small glittery ones, big shiny ones and everything in between. From a coaching point of view I am also a big fan of stars as a way of collecting together and summarising new found knowledge - and you know what they say - knowledge is power!
For sometime now, I've been using a star as a central concept in my coaching and I thought I would set it out here and explain how I use it.
The idea is that the star represents you- your past, present and future, and the steps you need to take to get from where you are now to where you want to be. Each of the points of the star represents a specific stage in the coaching process:
Motivation for Change
We discuss your 'why', what makes now the right time for you to take the next step, and what you are looking to get out of working together.
Your past, Your present
Who are you? What makes you tick? What are your strengths and passions? We dig deep to find out all the little bits that make you who you are today.
Story of your future
Imagine achieving all you set out to - what does that like? And how does it feel? We use visualisation to guide us through the next stages.
Thoughts, Truths, and Trust
In this stage we use the information gathered in the previous stages to start thinking about specific goals related to our ideal future direction.
A new phase for a new you
Now you know where you are going - how to get there? What are you going to need, what support, what new trainings / learnings etc? Who can you talk to?
Ready to Rumble!
In this final stage we set in place a practical action plan to take you from where you are now to where you deserve to be.
'A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world'
John Le Carre
Alongside the 'reflective' work above, all of my clients also undertake 'Shift projects' - these are discrete projects in areas of interest that are designed to help them find out FIRST HAND what make them tick, explore hunches, find out information or make connections.
These projects ensure that you don't get 'stuck' with lots of ideas and no where to go, and are (I think) crucial to making a successful career change.
Each project is done with a specific goal in mind - would I like working in 'X' / how does 'X' feel / could I do 'X' everyday - and then the feedback from that project informs the direction of the next. These small projects increase the speed and reduce the risk of the resulting career change - by the time you've done a number of shift projects you can be fairly certain whether you are on the best path for you. It is not uncommon for clients to do 20 / 30 of these mini projects, slowly increasing the time and personal investment required in each one. Often, once you clients have tried this approach, they continue to use it throughout their career, as they tweak what they want to do.
The approach is based on Lean processes, and if you'd like to know more about applying it to career change then please click here for a great article by the people I trained with - CareerShifters