Category: CC – 00 Career Change

3D Ideas 844: Shopping

Clare T and Ruth are offering low cost coaching to young people who are at transition points. They work from the office, on the phone and online. If you know young people who would value this, email info@3dcoaching.com to find out more.

Clare writes: ‘It’s that time of year when 17 year olds trek off to massive exhibition halls to do “university shopping”. Ahead of such a trip, my son and I had a conversation. I was keen to understand what he wanted to be different at the end of his time at the exhibition, what would he be focusing on? He really hadn’t given it much thought and jokingly admitted he might end up coming home clearer about which Uni offered the best free pens and not much else.

Covey said “Begin with the end in mind… begin each task, project with a clear vision of your desired direction or destination”. Being clear at the outset of an exhibition, or meeting, or conversation what the desired outcome needs to be and what we will see to know that’s happened will ensure it is time well spent.

My son came home more focused, excited and energized to learn more about his possible course options and what to do next and as it happens – penless!’

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3D Ideas 735: Why 3D?

3D coaching-cube 1 (2)Claire writes: “We are (nearly) all back from working more lightly over the summer. We hope you have also had a change of pace.
Over the last few weeks several people have asked why we are called 3D Coaching… so here’s where it came from.  When I started up in the late 1990s, much of what I was doing was with people who wanted a different job with more purpose that aligned with who they were.  It was the beginning of domain names and I was advised not to call the business Claire Pedrick Associates.  A wise piece of advice as now 3D is much bigger than me.  Based on Who/ What/ Why, www.wwwcoaching.com seemed a bit of a mouthful.  It was my Dad who came up with 3D Coaching in a thinking together conversation and it felt like it fitted.  Interestingly, the definition of the 3D has changed several times over the years.  At the moment it’s about looking at things from a different dimension.
We are on a journey and no doubt the meaning of 3D will continue to emerge into something new.  Coaching underpins everything we do, although it’s not a word I like – we facilitate people’s thinking. But we aren’t planning to change our name!”
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3D Juggling 617: Why why is useful sometimes

Last week we said goodbye to Liz Ford one of our team of coaches.  Thanks, Liz, for all that you brought to the team.  We wish you well in the future.

Claire writes: “I have never been a great fan of the question why, because often people can’t answer a question about why they want a job, or did something.  But as Simon Sinek points out in this TED Video, when people know why they do what they do and understand enough about their purpose, it makes all the difference.

“People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.”, he says and that’s why “Martin Luther King gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech, not the ‘I have a plan’ speech.”

If you look at it like that, I love why!

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3D Juggling 615: What do people come to you for?

Claire writes: “The more we work with people changing jobs, the more I realise that many of us don’t know what we can do.  We get on with our jobs and our lives without giving much time or attention to noticing the skills and gifts that we are using every day. Which is fine until it comes to changing tack on our career path and a CV that says I have done a job quite like the job I am applying for is no longer enough.  And whether we are thinking about what other kinds of role might be suitable for someone like us, or trying to get short listed for a job that we know deep down we could do, we suddenly need to be fluent enough in describing our skills – with evidence.

Last week I heard a coach ask a great question – “What do people come to you for?”.  That gives some helpful insight into the gifts and skills and style of working that is valued by others.  Another useful tool might be to say – if I was applying for a job alongside someone who had a very similar biography to mine but was not very good at the job, how would I describe what was different about the way I work?  Because in the end, we need to understand what we can do, and be able to describe it enough, if we are going to be able to discern what a job move might be, or help a potential employer decide that we are the person they would like to do the role.”

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3D Juggling 611: Out Of Body Experience

Welcome to all our new readers this week – we’ve met a whole bunch of lovely people who have signed up in the last few weeks. Hot off the press, there will be a Team Coaching Masterclass in Milton Keynes on 4th July.  Alan and Claire will be unpacking some of the interesting things about working with teams.

Claire writes: “There’s a lot of change going on and we are meeting an increasing number of people who are looking to change jobs and finding the interview process a challenging thing to navigate.  If you have been brought up with humility as a value, an interview can feel like a shameless exercise in self promotion.  The conflict that this creates in people means that some people take their body to the interview and leave the real self outside the door – like an out of body experience.  The same can happen with introverts who are only just arriving as the interview is ending – and who come up with the best answers out of everyone – two days after the decision has been made.

What can be done?  Firstly, it’s a mindset.  It doesn’t have to be self promotion but if you can’t describe how you do what you do, no one else will speak for you.  Secondly, good preparation and identifying stories that demonstrate that can really make a difference.  It’s worth thinking through what evidence the panel is looking for and noting key words that will remind you what story might illustrate that.  If you can answer with an example and then say what happened you will find that it feels less arrogant.  Often people we work with jot down names of people to help them remember their stories.  Then instead of going in alone, you will be going to the interview with a cloud of witnesses who will help you describe how you do what you do.  Because in the end, although the panel are looking to see that you match the person profile, almost every candidate will.  They will probably appoint on what’s different and your stories will help them see what that is.”

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3D Juggling 596: Making a Difference

Happy Christmas!  We will be closing the office later this week and will reopen on Friday January 4th. See you on the other side!

Claire writes: “We usually get a flurry of interest in Career Makeovers after the Christmas break.  This year it’s come a little early and we have been having really interesting conversations with people about what next?  Often, we find, when people are looking for a change of career and they are not sure what that might be, they say ‘I want to make a difference’.  As Julia Butterfly Hill an Eco Activist said, “The question is not ‘Can you make a difference?’ You already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.”  

Changing the question can really help.  So if you know you want to make a difference, what kind of a difference do you want to make?  And what kind of a difference will be enough? Think about it…”

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3D Juggling 588: Vulnerability and Courage

Claire writes: “We got some great feedback on how much you connected to Theodore Roosevelt’s comments about it being OK to fail when we dare greatly.

I’ve been running a couple of sessions this week for people engaging in the application process to find new roles.  The way questions are asked compunded with social pressure may make us feel that we have to be full of great examples of success.  Great evidence also comes from talking about what we learn when we fail.  Guy Stagg writes that in the USA,’ the most enterprising country in the world is built not just on aspiration, but on failing with maximum efficiency.

All that raises a big question: What would be possible if we were more honest about vulnerability as well as success in selection?  And how will that be received by organisations and interviewers?

Over 12 years, Brene Brown took 11000 pieces of data and found that there was not a single example of courage that didn’t include vulnerability.  She says “Vulnerability is not weakness. It is our most accurate measure of courage.”

Are we courageous enough? Think about it…?”  We’d love to hear what you think – please join the discussion on www.3dcoaching.com/blog

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3D Juggling 574: When you leave

Jane writes “We all move on from time to time, from relationships, roles, organisations…  Sometimes the decision to move is hard to take, sometimes it’s taken for us.  And what we leave behind is important.

What do you want people to say about you when you’re gone – about the impact you had and what you left behind?

Aim to leave more of value than you take with you.  Start today. What’s your legacy going to be?  Think about it…”

If you need help to understand your impact or how to change it, talk to us.

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3D Juggling 564: White Cliffs of Dover

Jane writes: “Last week a section of the white cliffs of Dover collapsed into the sea and I noticed how clean the new face of the cliff was.  When something familiar and comfortable changes, maybe a relationship, or a role at work, there is the potential for a fresh, new beginning.  We were talking to someone this morning who works in the city.  She was noticing that there are too many people whose default is to stay in a job that is dissatisfying – just for the money.  It’s only when the company downsizes that you think about what you really don’t (and do) want to do.

Maybe the change that took you by surprise offers you new possibilities.  What could they be? Think about it…”

Talk to us about a Career Makeover if that would be useful as a way of looking at future possibilities in a different way.

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