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3D Juggling 517: Entrepreneur-ship

Jane and Claire write: ‘With the arrival of Hilary Devey as the new Dragon for the 2011 series of Dragon’s Den, entrepreneurs are in the headlines again this week.  Entrepreneurs are not just millionaires who have spare money to invest as business angels.  We regularly meet people in public sector roles and in the church who also share many of these entrepreneurial skills – just not the money to match!

Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is a story of entrepreneurs. When assessing how risky it was to let her children out on a lake on their own, the mother’s response is ‘Better drowned than duffers. If not duffers will not drown.’  She had confidence in them and that what they had learned in a safer environment would serve them well in their next adventure.

Many of the people we meet are being encouraged to behave like an entrepreneur and to develop new business opportunities.  Some don’t really understand what this means or see it as an adventure too far where there is a real risk of drowning.  We think that being an entrepreneur – even when someone else is paying your wages – is about using the skills, knowledge and experience which you have already gained to create something new. This might be be:

  • spotting opportunities and connections (and investment!)
  • developing a new response to a familiar situation or need
  • adapting a familiar response to a new situation or need
  • a new response to a new situation or need

The last of these is the one that most people find scary. Entrepreneurial practice is learned from experience.  The children in Swallows and Amazons took a risk.  So did their parents!  And it paid off.

Could you be an entrepreneur where you are? Or are you one already – if only you could recognise it? Think about it… ‘

The theory:

Way back in 1934 Schumpeter stated that ‘learning in the natural and social world’ is important for entrepreneurs. In 1985 Drucker proposed that ‘recognising and acting on opportunities is an important aspect of entrepreneurial behaviour, which is going beyond the boundaries of what is known and expected, rather than simply replicating something which already exists’.

Entrepreneurial practice is learned from experience.  Learning from your experience is an outcome of coaching.  Action Learning Sets are an even more cost-effective way to enable learning from and with others.  As a coaches and as facilitators of Action Learning we can bring theories and models and stories that will challenge your thinking even further as you develop your skills.

We’re entrepreneurs.  Talk to us.

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3D Juggling 459: TK Maxx

Claire writes: ‘I have resorted to internet shopping this year, simply as a time saver. I knew half of what I was going to buy for Mike but it was an interesting experience when I was looking for his other present. In the end I resorted to coming up with a half good idea and then searching on Amazon. Undoubtedly a better fitting and more exciting gift would have resulted from a day milling round the shops.

The internet may be the saviour of Christmas shopping, but it can severely hamper our job search. Unless you are looking for exactly the same job in a similar sector, be careful of job search sites which try and box you. If I had gone to TK Maxx for Mike I would have had no idea what I was looking for. But I would have found something great by searching through every rail. And I’d have known what it was when I found it. So if you’re looking for a new job, start by going window shopping with a department store mentality. Wander round and look everywhere. Make a list of ideas as you go. Because even Sock Shop or Wine Rack would constrain you.

And if you’re interested in doing that with one of us, call us about a Career Makeover.

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3D Juggling 454: X Factor

Claire writes: ‘The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing on UK TV every weekend have caused more furore this year than ever before. What is talent? Why do the untalented go through and the more talented get voted off by the public? Who are Jedward anyway… you can tell I’m a Strictly fan!

Whatever the talent shows suggest, talent is more than being good at something. I think that to grow our talents we need to be both good at them and passionate about them. We meet plenty of people every week who are good at their jobs – but it doesn’t fit them any more because there is simply no passion there. So where are the organisations who will pay us to use our talents? It may be time to start window shopping. And if an organisation will only pay you to do things which you’re good at, and not passionate about, where else can you use your talents? George Lucas said: “Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.” So if you’re not sure, start moving – even if that’s into using skills in a slightly different way at work, asking your manager if you can get some different experience, or testing out some volunteer work.

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3D Juggling 441: Suspend Judgement

Claire writes: ‘The majority of my holiday has been spent decorating now that the builders have left our house. The dilemma is always to be neutral – or brave. We decided to paint two of the kitchen walls teal – a dark bluey green: and then spent several days wondering whether the ideas was crazy. The only way to find out was to try. The tester pot wasn’t much help so we invested the money and bought a can of paint and put it on. Only after the second coat has it proved to be a brilliant idea. If we’d said ‘too dark’ ‘too blue’ ‘not kitcheny enough’ at the beginning, we would be living in a magnolia kitchen! We had to suspend judgement while we looked at different ideas.

When people go window shopping for new career ideas, or take time with colleagues to generate new ideas at work, it’s all too easy to come up with an idea and the reason why we can’t/ shoudn’t/ won’t do it in the same breath. Until we suspend judgement we end up with magnolia answers. Generating ideas first and then analysing answers later can maintain and develop our creativity – and hence possibility. ‘We would like to paint the kitchen teal but it might be too dark’ turned into ‘ we would like to… and if it’s too dark we will paint it again’

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3D Juggling 433: Extravagant Ideas

Claire writes: ‘Many years ago, Barbara Sher wrote a book called: I could do anything if only I knew what it was. When people come for a Career Makeover, that phrase is mirrored in many conversations. So how on earth do you get inspiration? Ask for advice, and those close to you receive your anxiety and add it to their own feelings about your career and how it affects them – which can rather stifle creativity!

Try this: Find 5 people who know you well and ask them each to write down 20 jobs they could imagine you doing. You’ll have thought of the first five and the last five will probably be crazy. But in that list will be clues about potential which others see in you and some great creative thinking. Embalmer was on one lady’s list – not something she had thought of before! This can also make a fun evening with friends – just get the list down before you open the second bottle of wine!’

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3D Juggling 419: Where are you?

Claire writes: ‘Listening to people talking about their dreams, often for the first time, is a privilege. It amazes me how much thought some people have given to them. What’s more amazing is that these dreams often seem to happen in a cupboard with the door shut. So when I asked someone yesterday: What have you done so far to make this begin to happen, it was almost all in her head. 24/7. Whether it’s from creativity or a nagging question, a thought that becomes a constant screensaver in your head can actually stop you doing other things and can slow you down.

So if your dream is to start a business, start talking to people – even if only to find out what they do. If it’s to change jobs, then start finding out more about the jobs. Not just by staying in your cupboard and surfing , but by beginning to have conversations. Even the inventor in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had been outside his cupboard before he produced his great flying car. He must have been – he had to find and bring in the resources he needed to make his dream come true!

Where are you? If you’re metaphorically sitting in a cupboard, is it time to get out more?’

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Juggling in 3D 415: Angels, Hubs and Fans

Claire writes: ‘There are so many internet based job sites that we are meeting an increasing number of people whose search for a job, or for their dream job, is happening from their keyboard. It’s true that the internet can connect you to thousands of adverts. It’s also true, as well, that some things are better done in person. After all, companies hire people more than CVs and a timely conversation can be far more productive than a speculative application.

The key question is not ‘have you any vacancies/opportunities’. It is ‘Tell me about your job’, Who else do you know who I need to be talking to about…?’. We’re often asked how to start finding people to talk to. The answer is talk to people! It goes like this. In the circle of people you know already, some will be:

  • Acquaintances: they know who you are
  • Fans: they know you and think you have something to offer
  • Hubs: they are fans and also know loads of people. They may not go out and tell the world about you, but they may be very willing to make some introductions to people you can talk to. Take them out for coffee and ask them who they know who you need to be talking to about x…
  • Angels: are rare and valuable beings. You may only have one or two angels. They are fans and think that the skills and experience you have are worth talking about. They will tell other people about you – only if they know what you’re looking for! Keep them up to date – through conversations.

Research is important. Knowing what’s available is important. And getting out and speaking to people is critical. If you try this, you’ll find it’s not cold calling, either.

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3D Juggling 399: Bookshops

Claire writes: ‘I missed a train last week and ended up at Kings Cross with 40 minutes to spare. There are no cafes at Kings Cross so I wandered over to St Pancras and found myself window shopping and then browsing in Foyles.

It’s amazing what you find when you wander round a bookshop. Did you know that you can now buy a notebook that looks like the Ladybird books you may have had as a child? And Penguin have re-released classics for only £2 each in old fashioned covers. I was actually looking for the ideal diary. This is such a different experience from buying online. I managed to come out without spending any money, but I know that some of my favourite authors have new books out in hardback, and my wishlist is growing! When I buy from Amazon, there is a lot I miss.

If it’s time to rethink your career and look for something new and different, window shopping can be hugely helpful. If I asked you to write down 50 different jobs (not employers) you thought you could do, you’d probably struggle. And there are thousands of different job titles – over 12000 if you take the research seriously!

If you only window shop for jobs online or in your own professional journal, you’ll miss out. Think of the interesting books you’ve read. Some will have come by personal recommendation, finding a good cover in the library, picking them up on a train, as well as surfing on the internet. So when it’s time to window shop for jobs, try asking friends: what 20 jobs could you see me doing? Get the Guardian and your local paper every day for 2 weeks and browse. Browse for the interesting parts of the job adverts which inspire you. They are all clues which will help you find the elusive next step.’

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(c) 2008 3D Coaching Ltd

3D Juggling 382: Moving Sectors

Pete emailed last week to say he has successfully moved to a new sector and got a job as a school business manager. His business experience was more transferrable because he had been volunteering to be a school governor. He writes

‘At our Governor’s Christmas social, I was talking to Sara, a fellow governor, about my situation. She had some very helpful things to say, and offered to give a reference should I think she was an appropriate person. As a retired Senior Education officer – who used to be responsible for all the High Schools in the county, including the one I applied to – as well as an Ofsted Inspector and Education Consultant, it seemed sensible to take her up on her offer. Here are the first two sentences of the reference. “My background and current experience (and former knowledge of your school) enable me to understand the post you offer and the ideal candidate for it. I write in this context.” She then went on to detail, in glowing terms that made me glow, how I was the ideal candidate for the post. (The Head described it as “stunning” – and I agree.) As I drove to the interview, I started to feel more than a little nervous. But then I remembered the words of the reference, and thought “If Sara has such confidence in me, there should be nothing I come across today that I cannot cope with. And so I have no reason to think I am a poor candidate or not up to the job. I can do this!” Sara’s encouragement was incredible, and filled me with so much confidence that inspired me through the whole process.’

Giving and receiving willingly allowed Pete to make the change. Volunteering allowed people with insight to see Pete’s skills first hand. And the confidence of knowing that someone in the know believed him to be an excellent candidate gave him the extra inspiration he needed.’
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