Twelve Strategic Thinking Steps For Effective Change Management In Your Career, According To Your Strategic Thinking Business Coach
By: J. Glenn Ebersole, Jr., Chief Executive of J. G. Ebersole Associates and The Renaissance Group
It seems there are more and more articles, surveys, reports and stories about changing careers and particularly among people above 50 years of age. This is becoming very true among the baby boomers that started turning 50 back in 1996. And it is interesting to observe that more and more of these 50 years old and older people are switching careers and starting over, but this time at jobs they love and have a passion to do.
It is not very easy to manage such a career change and in my business coaching practice, I have worked with people who have switched careers successfully in their 50s, 60s and above. And as I thought about this, I tried to think of some of the key steps they took to make this successful change. And one of the underlying common denominators with each of them was the use of a strategic thinking approach to managing change. The principles of managing change are very powerful in making an effective career change.
So, with that being said, what would be the twelve (12) strategic thinking steps to follow for effectively managing the change in your career? In my opinion, the twelve (12) strategic steps are:
Step #1: Engage the professional services of a coach to assist you in this process. I would recommend using a coach to guide and facilitate your process of change management for your career. You will experience a higher probability of success if you use a coach.
Step #2: Develop a clearly focused strategic personal vision of where you want to go and what you want to do in a new career. Write down your personal vision and use it as a reference for making your decisions throughout the other steps.
Your coach will ask you some very insightful questions to help you define your personal vision.
Step #3: Develop a set of personal goals for your new career. Write down the goals and use these for your evaluation of options later. Your coach can be invaluable in helping you by asking you many questions.
Step #4: Have your coach question you and determine how you would like to work. You will want to decide if you want to work full time, part-time, seasonal, etc.
Step #5: Have your coach question you and determine where or in what environment you would like to work. You will need to decide if you want to work at home, in a corporate setting, a small office environment, a factory, a store, etc.
Step #6: Develop a list of skills you already possess and want to use in your new career. Again, your coach will be a valuable resource in this area.
Step # 7: Have your coach ask you questions about your interests, hobbies and passions as a guide to brainstorming some ideas for your new career.
Step #8: Work with your coach to develop a short list of your career change ideas and then research each of them. Learn about each of them and try to shadow someone for a day at a work environment that represents your new career choices. Develop a spreadsheet with your personal goals and personal needs and desires and use it as a tool to evaluate your options.
Step #9: Work with your coach to identify what additional certification, experience and/or training you may need to change to your new career. Estimate the time and money needed to acquire these.
Step #10: Complete the spreadsheet noted in Step #8 to be sure that it shows each of your brainstormed career change ideas along the side and then show all the individual attributes, personal goals, desires, etc. across the top. Use a ranking system of 1 to 5, with a 5 representing the best match and a 1 representing the worst or least best match between the trait, goal, etc. and the new career. Score each attribute, trait, etc. for each career change concept and then total the scores. Look at the highest score and review and discuss that option first since it should be the one that most closely fits what you want to do, where you want to do it and how you want to do it. Your coach will engage an intense strategic thinking process with you in this step.
Step #11: Network! Network! Network! Take advantage of your coachs network.
Step #12: Start your new career!
When thinking of a career change, I strongly recommend searching for and engaging a strategic thinking business coach, an executive coach, or personal coach. If you would like to find out more about change management when it comes to effective career change, please contact Glenn Ebersole today through his website at www.businesscoach4u.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org