Podcast Episode 28: How To Decide Your Next Career Move (Part 1)

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Feel stuck in your career? This episode we’ll discuss the first 3 steps in the decision making process: 

  1. How to get clear on who you are
  2. Understand what you value
  3. Know the results you want to create. 

Figuring out what you want to do can be challenging unless you have a framework for thinking it through. I share that framework with you on this episode.

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Hey everybody, 

Welcome to the podcast. I’m glad you’re joining me today. 

This is going to be a two-part series in order to cover the steps that I have found most helpful when thinking about and deciding on your next career move. 

Many people come to me asking for me to help them figure out what they should do next.  As a coach, I meet you where you are, and then get you to where you want to go. Figuring out what you want to do can be challenging unless you have a framework for thinking it through. 

So I am here to give you what I call my B.S buster. B.S or belief system. It’s how I build a belief system framework to help you think about some questions to ask yourself as you are building the career you want. 

Who you are. You want to get clear on who you are. Grab a pen for this podcast bc I have some questions for you. 

Then you’ll reflect on What matters to you.  

And the results you want to create.

Why. Next you need to have a compelling reason for your career move. Recently I received an email from a listener who asked, why they never accomplish their goals. So we’re going to talk about why that happens and it all starts with your compelling reason.

Understanding. Then we are going to clear out any nonsense around confusion. 

Action. And then lastly we are going to talk about how to refresh your mindset and get into decision making. Mindset is really the fuel running through all stages of decision making but here we’ll nail your belief system that fuels your decisions. 

Let’s get clear on.. who are you?
There are many other assessments available online, some free, some require a small investment, these assessments are helpful to spark your thinking and they can help you get some clarity on how to articulate aspects of your personality.

Gallup’s CliftonStrengths 34, Sally Hogshead’s How to fascinate, YouMap, 16 personalities, Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies are a few that I find helpful. 

I mostly use Gallup’s CliftonStrengths and YouMap’s four pillars for career fit with clients and since I am certified in both assessments. 

I work with clients to use assessments with their thoughts, skills, values, beliefs, to help you shape your identity. This is one leg in getting to know yourself. 

But as Dr Ben Harper would say, personality it’s permanent, so use assessments directionally. Don’t use them as labels. You are not your assessment. Use them as helpful tools to gain perspective.  

The problem I often see is that people become confused about what they want and who they are because they have been on the receiving end of opinions and societal structures that are always telling them who they are, what they should do, how and what to think, and where to go for most of their lives. Sometimes this is overt and other times it’s subtle. I mean, even if you had the most progressive upbringing you still went out into the world straight into societal opinions and structures. 

It doesn’t matter so much what you do, but what matters more is who you are. 

What I always stress when working with clients 1:1 is that who you are is going to shine through no matter what you do. 

Meaning, I have been a coach, helping people, supporting their development, settling them up for opportunities that will lead to their growth and success for my entire career. 
Sometimes my title was wrapped with words like Innovation, or strategy, or COO, or Account, or Media. Didn’t matter as a subject matter expert. I was always a coach. I was always helping people get where they wanted to go. 

Next, what matters to you. Get clear in your why you are doing what you are doing. 

Identify your values, think about your purpose and determine what matters to you. And do they need to be reciprocal? And if so, with whom? Do you peers, boss, and ELT also have to have the same values? Sometimes they do. Other times, it doesn’t. I may not need creativity to be reciprocal but honesty is a non-negotiable. It must be reciprocal for me in the workplace.  

But don’t confuse what matters to you with making a difference. I see this a lot. 

They come from different thoughts and energies. What matters to you and meaningful work is based on your internal GPS. It’s what makes you tick. 

Making a difference comes from an external GPS.  It’s making an impact that is noticeable. Others will see it. They will benefit from the difference you are making. 

Knowing what motivates you will help you determine what matters to you. 

Next, think about the result you want. Ask yourself: 
What is the specific result you want? 
What would you do to get it?
What would you need to feel to do those things?
What would you need to keep believing to feel that way? 

Let’s play that out. Remember the Think. Feel Act cycle? 

Let’s Say the result you want to get is to increase your executive presence and visibility so you’ll have access to opportunities and to shape the culture. 

Thinking about what actions you’d do to get it? You’ll get clear on your vision, you’ll build and use effective communication skills, cultivate a network, visibly manage your stress, practice your thoughts around self-confidence, maybe work with a coach.  

Sounds good. 

Then you need to think about how you need to feel to show up with executive presence. Confidence. Focused. Determined. Knowing. Innovative. Curious. Proud. Joy. Inspired. 

Next what are the thoughts you’d need to keep believing in order to show up this way? 

How about.. I create impact. I create value wherever I go. I am an effective communicator. I have built a robust network. See how this works? 

When you think about the next career move you want to make, focusing on your results and working through the Think. Feel. Act cycle is key. Our thoughts create our feelings. We take action from those feelings and then we create our results.  It’s think. Feel. Act.

These are the first set of questions that are helpful in getting clear on what you want. 

To recap the first 3 steps in the career decision framework: 

Get clear on who you are. Using career assessments is one way of helping you get some directional input 
What matters to you? Give you an opportunity to think about your values and if they need to be reciprocated. 
What results do you want to create? Use the Think feel act cycle to help you create the result. 

Ok folks, part two of the career decision framework will be next week. 

We’ll go through the last 3 steps 

Crystalize your compelling reason. 
Knock out any confusion.
Build a belief system so you can make confident career decisions
 
Alright my friends. I would love to know how you are managing your career-based decision. You can email me. Details in the show notes. 

Thanks for joining me this week. Tune in next week for part 2 of how to make a decision in your career. Until then. Bye.