Making Changes – Defining Change

Making Changes – Defining Change

Making Changes – part 2 of the series. Be Clear About The Change You Want!Defining change

Defining Change – Making Changes is series of posts about how to make positive changes in your personal or professional life that really work . So, I hope it helps you. Perhaps, you have comments, or would like further help? If so, my email address is at the bottom of the article.

In the last post in this series  I discussed the need to face reality,  admit that a change is needed and take responsibility for action.  Now is the time to be quite clear about what you need to change.

Be as specific and detailed as you can in the way you define the change. Starting with a clear and detailed description is important. If you don’t really know what you want, you can find yourself very disappointed after you made the change.

Defining change – tips!

Here are some tips to help you and define change and be clear about the problem you are trying to solve.

  1. Start with what you know now! Write down as much as possible about the thing you want to change, why you want to make a change and how you plan to make it.
  2. Consider what other information you might need. What gaps are there in your knowledge about the change you want to make. Do you understand completely how you are going to make the change and what the full effects might be?  For example, will other people be effected?  Do you need their support in making the change and are you likely to get it? How much time and money will it cost to do it and do you have those resources available?  Does making this change mean you will need to make others – what will they be?
  3. Collect the information you need.  This could include both facts and the opinions of others about the change you plan.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help. What has been their experience in making a similar change – what has worked for them and what has not?  Try to gather as much information as you can.

Now you are ready to define the change you want to make.

If you have gone through the steps above, you are ready to set down in detail what your change is and how you want to make it.  Write it down and make it as clear, colorful and detailed as you can.

The next post in this series is going to cover handling emotions when making changes in our lives. No significant change is made without some impact on our emotions and knowing how to manage that impact can be key to success.

I would love to hear your experiences in making changes in your life

Working with a coach can help you to change successfully – email me at the address below for information on how I can help you.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach
Wendy Smith, Principal Coach, WiseWolf Life and Career Coaching

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link


The earlier post in this series

Taking A Career Break: Quotes and Resources

Taking a Career Break

Taking A Career Break: Quotes and Resources

Taking a career break! Lots of us think and may be dream about the idea of taking some time out from the daily grind. Here are some quotes on the experience. Plus I’ve included below details of two books to  help you on your way. And now the quotes…

  1.  It is energizing and liberating to turn down a road you have not traveled before. To reach toward what you cannot yet touch brings new passion and strength to your life. Ralph Marston
  2. Disconnect with your work self on a sabbatical, and you’ll reconnect with who you really are.  Corbett Barr
  3. It’s a time to immerse yourself in a different environment, try new things, reassess your priorities, and look at your life from a different perspectiveMarelisa Fabrega
  4. Give yourself the priceless gifts of new experiences, new skills, new knowledge and the confidence of knowing how quickly you can grow. Expand your horizons, again and again, and discover that every limit is there to be transcended.  Ralph Marston
  5. Getting away from it all might be the only way you can really reset or change course. If you continue around the day-to-day, making significant changes is tough. Taking a few months off will give you the space you need to figure things out. Corbett Barr
  6. Taking a sabbatical is the first step towards discovering whether or not I can take the leap of faith and do something fully on my own.  Do anything for a while, and it becomes increasingly harder to cut the cord. Sam Dogen
  7. Of Fortune’s best 100 companies to work for in America, 21 of them have paid-for, formal sabbatical programs. It’s a competitive advantage with regard to recruiting talent. Jaye Smith
  8. Almost everybody got back to some form of better eating and exercise, and they keep that up. And they say, “I didn’t realize what stress I was under. Now I can go back for my next five years with some balance” Rita Foley
  9. My sabbatical didn’t really recharge my batteries as I hoped it would.  Instead, the sabbatical helped realize my preference for freedom over a steady paycheck at this point in my life.  I’ve experienced what life could be like if I worked for myself and I must say that I’m extremely excited about the prospects. Sam Dogen
  10. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things that you didn’t do than in the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Mark Twain

Books on Taking A Career Break

Escape 101: The Four Secrets to Taking a Sabbatical or Career Break Without Losing Your Money or Your Mind by Dan Clements and Tara Gignac  

“What’s your dream escape? Relaxing on a palm-studded beach? A year off to write your novel? Missionary work with the needy? Exploring ancient ruins or saving the rainforest?

Whether you’re an adventurer, a poet, a volunteer or you just need a break, Escape 101 provides you with a step-by-step system to take as much time as you need from your job, career or business, without losing ground.”

A Gap Year for Grown Ups by Susan Griffith

“A guide for grown ups wanting to take the trip of a lifetime, containing information on specialist schemes and opportunities for professionals and mature travellers. Covers everything from what to pack to paying the mortgage when away, as well as advice from adult gappers who have been there and done it.”

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link


Checklist for Career Change

Checklist for Career Change

Changing Careers – Part 1 Where To Start! A Checklist for Career Change

Is it time for you to make career change?

Checklist for Career Change – changing careers isn’t easy. But nor is it as hard as you might imagine. I’ve done it four times in my life successfully. I’ve enjoyed the different careers at the time and I really was successful in each one. For me, there came a time to move on. Changing in this way has allowed me to come to terms with a changing economic environment and each new direction has built upon the experience and knowledge gained in the last one.

Checklist for Career Change is Part 1 of a three part series; In Part 2 (Link below) we consider how you can start building up a picture of your ideal job and find out which careers match it most closely. In Part 3 (Link below) we have a check list to help you decide whether you really should make the change

If you think a career change could benefit you, answering the following questions might help you to be clearer about your decision.

Are you actually enjoying your job, day by day?

If you’ve recently stopped enjoying the day-to-day activities in your job, consider why this may be. You may just be bored and need a new challenge in your present organization. You might think about moving to a different department. Or perhaps a change of employer might be the answer.

If you actively dislike parts of your day-to-day job, ask yourself whether what you do is typical for someone in your type of work. Do you dislike the job because you don’t get the chance to use all of your talents? If you’re dissatisfied with the job itself, changing department or employer may not improve things. You may want to consider a more radical change.

Do you feel motivated by the people you work with?

How do you get on with colleagues, managers, clients and others in your workplace? Are any problems due to personality clashes with particular people or is it the culture of your workplace or the nature of the job itself? Do you like the people you work with but are frustrated by the actual work? If so, you may want to look at changing your role within the organisation or looking for a different role with a similar employer.

Are you satisfied with your work-life balance?

If you’re looking for a better fit with your family life, a change of job isn’t always necessary.

Technology is making it possible for more people to spend time working from home. You may have the right to ask your employer to make arrangements for flexible working. Your employer can refuse if there’s a good business reason to do so. But employers are becoming much more willing to consider flexible working?

Is the time right for you to take the risk?

If you have, for example, family responsibilities and others economically dependent on you, then changing now may mean putting others at risk. Also, are you prepared to risk what you have invested in your present role and possible loss of status, perhaps only temporary, in moving into a new field? You need to be very honest with yourself and with other people who may be effected by the change you want to make. In changing careers, timing is all; when you are dealing with lots of other changes in your life, this change may not be right for you at this time.

Changing Careers – Part 2 Finding the right career to suit you

Changing Careers – Part 3 Deciding Whether To Make The Change – A Checklist

Help with career planning

If you need support form a coach in making a decision about a career change, please get in touch. I wish you every success in making your decision and, if it is right for you, making your career change.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach
Wendy Smith, Principal Coach, WiseWolf Life and Career Coaching

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link



Career development – Moving Home Part 2 – Prepping for the big move!

Moving Home

Career development – Moving Home Part 2 – Prepping for the big move!

 Moving Home – today we have the second article in a two-part series from our regular contributor, Lindsey Harper Mac, on moving for work and as part of your career development. Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.  You can find links to Part 1 and some of her earlier posts at the end of this article.

Article 2 of 2 part series

 Moving Home – Prepping for the big move!

Moving Home – you have a new job – maybe in a new city, maybe on the other side of town – and you’ve decided that you need to move to be closer to work. You decide you’re not only joining a company but you’re joining a community, too.

Moving can be physically and mentally exhausting. You’re not just transferring all your possessions; you’re essentially preparing to live your life differently. And this moving process takes far more than a weekend. You spend time hunting for the right apartment or house, you decide what possessions you’ll keep and what you’ll get rid of and you start saying goodbye to friends you may not see for a while.

Altogether, planning for a move can take two or three months, so you need to think months ahead of schedule. Being prepared will make the entire experience easier.


Moving Home – along with security deposits and first-month’s rent, you may have to pay for moving truck rental, or for utility deposits at your new location. When you begin the search for a new job, find ways to save money then, before you have to consider moving. Keep in mind the financial pressures of moving, and prepare for unexpected costs. The same way you would save up for a new car or new computer, set aside money from each paycheck that might generally go towards dining out, buying decorations for your apartment or that new pair of jeans. What’s more important: the steak dinner, or a more comfortable bedroom?

Keeping a cool head

You already know that moving involves packing boxes, but it’s more than just that. Being highly organized can relieve some of the anxiety that comes from moving and living in a state of disarray for a short period of time. And following a few simple organization strategies can save you considerable time when you’re ready to unpack.

As you prepare to leave town for your new destination, don’t forget to make time for friends and family. Too often, it’s easy to get caught-up in moving and forget to say a proper goodbye to the important people in your life.

More than stuff

If you’re moving to another state, don’t expect your life to be exactly the same as it is now. How is the weather different in your new town? Will you be shovelling snow for half the year? Search online for neighbourhood information so you know the best restaurants, when trash day is and where to find great bargains.

Tie-up loose ends – transfer your bank accounts and utilities, and file a change-of-address notice with your local post office. Also let friends, family and creditors know individually what your new address is.

Moving home can be complicated. But it doesn’t have to be with real, goal-oriented preparation. To ensure a seamless move, take time to plot your goals well in advance, and make sure you have a system in place for packing and labeling all of your possessions.

About the author: Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specialises in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

Also by Lindsey Harper Mac

Career development – Moving Home Part 1 – Lofty Goals: Key Considerations Before Moving To A Big-City Apartment

Career Development – More IT jobs are in the cloud – Getting ready for the job you want in 2013

Career Development Part 1 – Why Get An Advanced Degree? The Answer is Obvious

Career Development Part 2: Want a Promotion? Focus on Factors Within your Control

Career Development Part 3: Performance Reviews: Painful or Helpful?

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Why “be the best” when you could be the one making the rules? | WiseWolf Talking – the WiseWolf Coaching Blog.

The Makings of a Great Leader | WiseWolf Talking – the WiseWolf Coaching Blog.

Serial Career Changers

Serial Career Changers

History’s Most Famous Serial Career Changers

Serial Career Changers – I thought you would enjoy this entertaining post today. It appeared first on the site at this link  (

Serial Career Changers – the average worker today will change jobs about seven times over the course of their career, but few will go so far as to change their line of work entirely. Historically, people have been even less inclined to take the risk of a complete career revamp, often working one job their entire lives. But some of history’s boldest and most dynamic figures shared a common willingness to abandon one career after another, either in the search for their true calling or a simple inability to focus their interests on one particular area. Such famous people are proof that there’s no shame in being a perpetual career changer.


    The original Renaissance Man, da Vinci was one of the most inquisitive, brilliant humans to ever live and he had a resume to prove it. Engineer, painter, architect, geographer, paleontologist, biologist, zoologist, and writer were all hats he wore during his 67 years of life.


    Printer. Writer. Book store manager. General store owner. Journalist. Newspaper owner. Inventor. Scientist. Congressman. Ambassador. Ben Franklin never stood still and did more in a dozen different careers than most people could hope to do in one.


    Both before and after achieving literary success, Melville carved out a number of different careers, trying to make ends meet. He starting working at 18 as a surveyor, served as a hand on a number of whaling vessels, taught school, tried his hand at banking, lectured, and became a customs inspector later in life after being overlooked for a diplomatic post by Abraham Lincoln.


    As a wealthy landowner, the line between the third president’s various interests and his career works was a thin one. Nevertheless, besides his career in politics, Jefferson was an accomplished architect (designing the University of Virginia campus), a lawyer, and a magistrate.


    His works are so influential and so recognizable it is hard to believe van Gogh really only had about 10 years of life that he devoted to painting before he died. He spent many (often unhappy) years working as an art dealer, a teacher at a boarding school, a minister’s assistant, a bookstore employee, and a missionary before another artist convinced him to go to art school.


    The Old West’s most legendary lawman was not always a peace officer, nor even a man on the right side of the law. Throughout his life, Earp moved from one job to the next, always seeking his fortune. He worked as a farmer, a buffalo hunter, a bet-taker at boxing matches, a race-horse owner, a teamster, a miner, possibly a pimp, and a boxing ref.


    The famous writer went through several different career shakeups and even a name change in his lifetime. He started out as a typesetter and printer before becoming a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi (where he gained the inspiration for the name Mark Twain). After that came an unsuccessful stint at gold mining, followed by a switch to journalism and ultimately to novelist, speaker, and investor.


    Failure to become a published writer spurred a young Steinbeck to try his hand as a sugar factory worker, a tour guide, a fish hatchery manager, a mill laborer, and a ranch hand. He would also work as a war correspondent in WWII before breaking out as an author.


    Hubbard is notorious for founding the controversial religion of Scientology, but that was just one branch of his winding career path. He started out as a pulp fiction writer, then spent time as a gold prospector in Puerto Rico, a Hollywood screenwriter, an expeditioner in Alaska, a lieutenant in the Navy, an occultist (which probably didn’t pay very well), and a yacht-sitter.


    The man from the log cabin had his share of defeats while trying to break into politics. Before taking up residence on Pennsylvania Avenue, Lincoln was a general store owner, the captain of a state militia, a postmaster, a county surveyor, and a self-taught lawyer with his own practice.


    The definition of a self-made man, Frederick Douglas worked his way up from slavery to careers as an abolitionist, an author, a bank president, an ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a U.S. Marshall, a recorder of deeds in Washington, D.C., consul-general to Haiti, and a house builder.

  12. RAY KROC:

    Kroc’s working life began at the tender age of 15, when he lied about his age in order to gain admittance to the military during World War I. Careers as a piano player, a jazz musician, a paper cup salesman, and a radio DJ that followed didn’t take. It wasn’t until he worked in a restaurant and began a relationship with the McDonald brothers while selling milkshake machines that he found his calling in fast food.


    Here’s one from the “recent history” file. The eldest son of our 41st president did not have a straight shot to his old man’s seat in the Oval Office. Dubya spent time in Big Oil before and after an unsuccessful run at Congress, then jumped back into politics to serve as a campaign advisor to his dad. After that came a stint as managing partner of the Texas Rangers, then campaign advisor again, and finally he broke through as governor of Texas. It was all politics from there on out, except for that one time he pretended to be a fighter pilot.


    We defy you to name a more famous person in fried chickendom. Before starting KFC, The Colonel bounced around from a railroad worker, to lawyer, to barber, back to railroad worker, to insurance salesman, to Chamber of Commerce secretary, to tire salesman. The first iteration of his fried chicken business came at a gas station he opened at age 40.

    Serial Career Changers -this post appeared originally on the site at this link  (

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach
Wendy Smith, Principal Coach, WiseWolf Life and Career Coaching

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link



Career Development – do you have the right qualities to get promoted even in a recession?

Right now most people are focused just on keeping their jobs.  They are not thinking about going for promotion.  But this is the time when more leadership and creativity is needed than ever before, just to keep businesses afloat.

If you have the the right qualities, prepare well and have just a little bit of luck, this could be your moment! Now is the time to;

  • Be the one that volunteers for the difficult task.
  • Make clear that you are prepared to take on more responsibility.
  • Where you see a problem looming, be the one who comes up with a solution –
  • Be  there with new and ingenious ways to cut costs
  • Have ideas for new niches
  • Have new skills if they are required
  • Prove what you can do!

Make sure the boss knows you are thinking about the organization, not just yourself!  But when you do something new or extra make sure your boss does know about it.  If it’s not possible to give you a raise now, then can you negotiate something for when things improve – get it on the record!  Can you tie how much you receive to that improvement with your present pay as a fall-back?

Go for it!  You’ve got nothing to lose and at the very worst you will be someone they want to keep around – right now that is a bonus.  Good Luck!

This is a new version of a post that appeared a while ago on this blog – I thought it was a subject worth of a re-post

Starting a New Job – What You Can Do Before Your First Day?

Starting a New Job – What You Can

Do Before Your First Day?

By Dawn Rosenberg McKay, a career planning professional with two decades of experience.

Shortly before my daughter started kindergarten a few years ago we visited the school she was going to attend. She and the other children who were to be starting school with her visited the kindergarten classrooms, met each teacher, and participated in activities. This was my daughter’s first “first,” or at least her first significant one. Many more will follow, like someday in the distant future, her first day on a new job.

It’s really not much different actually, except there probably won’t be a formal orientation like the one my daughter had. And when you start a new job you’re generally not in the company of others who are also new. Oh no. You’re the new kid on the block coming into a situation where relationships have already been formed. You’re the only one who can’t find the restroom, doesn’t know where the supply room and mail room are located, doesn’t yet realize that the custodian wields all the real power, and doesn’t know not to talk to the boss until she’s had her first cup of coffee. There’s so much to learn in addition to the duties related to the job you were hired for. It’s quite overwhelming for most of us.

You can read the rest of this post with some great advice at this link

3 ways you can develop the confidence you need to become self-employed


Today we have a guest post from Antoinette Oglethorpe.  Antoinette  specialises in helping business leaders and professionals take control of their careers and realise their ambitions. Her special report on “How to become self-employed confidently & successfully” is available at

3 ways you can develop the confidence you need to become self-employed

To move successfully into self-employment you need to believe in yourself, your capability and your ability to make things happen.  In essence, you need to know you can make it a success whatever happens.

No-one is going to be totally self-confident all the time.  As a very successful business man once said “If things are going really well you can’t get over-excited because you’re not a genius; but if things get difficult you can’t get too downhearted because you’re not a fool either”

Sometimes the biggest risk is doing nothing and without risk there is likely to be no reward.

Here are 3 ways you can use a simple 1 to 10 scale to develop the confidence you will need to become self-employed.

  1. Personal reflection.  Thinking about a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is that you have total confidence you can make a success of self-employment and 1 is no confidence at all, where would you put yourself today?  Now the typical inclination of most people is to then focus on all the reasons they’re not at 10.  Instead of that, I’m going to suggest that you think about all the things that put you as high as you are – however high that is – and not lower.  What knowledge do you have that will help?  What skills do you have that will help?  What experience do you have that will help?  What aspects of your personality will help?  What other transitions have you made in your life in the past?  What helped in those cases?
  1. Feedback from others.  Think about all the feedback you have had from others – friends, family, colleagues, and previous bosses.  What do other people know and say about you that gives you confidence?  Ask them for their honest answers to the above questions.
  1. Focus on small steps.  Focussing on trying to get to 10 can have the opposite effect to the one you’re trying to achieve.  It can seem such a far way off that it paralyses and demotivates you.  So don’t worry about 10 for now.  Instead, think about what would be different if you were just one point higher up the scale.  Would you have developed a particular skill? Would you have obtained feedback from other self-employed individuals?  Would you have researched your business idea or something else?   What needs to happen to increase your confidence by one point?  What small first steps could you take to move towards that?

By thinking about what’s already giving you confidence, getting feedback from others and focussing on small steps you can break it down to some immediate, manageable actions that you can take to make progress.

Antoinette Oglethorpe specialises in helping business leaders and professionals take control of their careers and realise their ambitions. Her special report on “How to become self-employed confidently & successfully” is available at

Finding a Career that Fits


Today we have a guest post written by Lincoln Group of Schools. They offer a variety of career training to those focused on finding a career path. Explore their range of offerings from electrician courses to HVAC training.

Finding a career that really fits who you are and what you love to do can be very challenging. It’s much easier to simply get a job that pays the bills and resign yourself to not enjoying your work every day. However, you can make a different choice. With a little thought and research, you can find a career that matches your personality and passion. When you enjoy your job each day, it may not even feel like work! Below are some steps you can take to find a career path that best matches you.

Believe that change can happen. The first step to getting out of a career rut is to truly believe that change is possible. While it may not be as easy or direct as ‘do what you love and the money will follow,’ there are career paths that are a good match for your talents, skills, and passions. It is worth the effort to find out what you love and to try to do that in your daily work. Life is too precious to waste simply working for the weekends and the paycheck. Believe that more is possible, and move toward it.

Know yourself. As the philosophers say, the first step to wisdom is understanding yourself. Take some time and think about the things that you truly enjoy. Think about when you were a child, and remember what you dreamed about being when you grew up. Many of our dreams get discarded as we get lost in the routine of daily life, but they can be retrieved. Take a piece of paper and brainstorm everything you think you would love to do. Don’t edit at this stage, just write it all down. This is the first step to finding out what’s inside your heart and what you truly enjoy.

After you’ve written down your dreams, take another piece of paper and write down all of your skills and qualifications. This may include formal education, or it may include skills you’ve gained in your home or work, such as organization, multi-tasking, or computer skills.

Match your passions to careers. There are many online surveys that will help you understand your interests and show you what careers work well with those tendencies. In addition, you can simply research the careers that occur to you as you review your dreams and desires from your brainstorming session. In the United States, a comprehensive list of careers and industries is available on the Bureau of Labor and Statistics website, in their Occupational Handbook.

Get further training if needed. While you may find that you have a lot of the skills needed for your new career, you are more likely to discover that you need additional education or training. Did that long-lost love of animals resurface, and now you’re considering being a veterinarian? Look for the best training program that meets your budget and lifestyle needs. Online training is increasingly available, but be sure that the training meets the standards of the companies that hire in that field.

Finding the career you truly love is not an easy task, but it is well worth the effort. It is possible to enjoy your work on a daily basis, and having a rewarding career is so much more important than simply bringing home a paycheck. Working in the field that fits you best will bring increased joy, satisfaction, and peace to your life – you’ll know that you really are doing what you were meant to do.

This post written by Lincoln Group of Schools. They offer a variety of career training to those focused on finding a career path. Explore their range of offerings from electrician courses to HVAC training.

>Working with a coach


Magic wand

First of all I have to declare an interest because I work as a business coach! 

Having said, that the reason for writing this is because I believe working with a coach brings real benefits when you are

  •          Deciding to move on from your usual working life. 
  •          Looking for work
  •     Thinking of starting your own business

What is coaching
Coaching is about supporting you through the process of achieving a specific personal or professional result! It is helping to identify the skills and capabilities that are within you and enabling you to use them to the best of your ability.

Coaching is not

  •          Mentoring – where you would work with someone who has walked the path before you
  •          Counselling –  a therapeutic relationship,  
  •          Consultancyoffering external solutions and often prescriptive advice
  •      A Magic Wand – you still have to do the work!
In a coaching relationship, your coach works with you to:

  •          Get clear about what you want to accomplish
  •          Solve problems and eliminate obstacles
  •          Set specific goals and make effective action plans
  •          Learn new skills and techniques
  •          Gain perspective, get feedback, and discover new ideas
  •          Stay true to your vision, focused on your goals, and on track with your plans 

Coaching is great if you want to do a career stock take before planning for the future or are facing an enforced personal change like redundancy.  A coach will provide guidance, expertise, recommendations, and skill-building techniques for finding your own answers.  A coach will supply you with ideas, resources, models, and systems that are proven to work in determining what path to follow!  They will not tell you what that path should be. 

Before you start to work with a coach, consider your goals 
Think about what you’d like to accomplish before interviewing prospective coaches. Be open to these goals evolving as you move further into the process.

Finding a coach
Coaches you have used If you have used a coach before successfully then you should certainly consider using them again. You will probably be able to make progress more quickly with a coach you already know and who knows you!
Coaches you know  or know ofBecause there are so many coaches of differing quality out there, the personal recommendation of someone you know is worth a lot.
The internetThere are many coaching organisations and individuals represented on the web. In most cases you can glean very little about the quality of a coach from their website but you should look for accreditation with a professional body at the very least (see below) and you can look for references.
Professional bodies – You should expect the coach you to choose to work with to belong to an appropriate professional organisation. There are a number. I list the four with the highest profile in the UK below – you could approach them for information about coaches who live locally.

The Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision, APECS

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council(EMCC)

Personal Chemistry
To make progress in a coaching assignment, a strong and trusting relationship is necessary.  The right ‘chemistry’ between coach and client is key to effective coaching.  If coaching is to be successful, it is vital that you speak to the coach before agreeing to work with them.  Reputable coaches will expect this to happen and will not expect you to pay for the conversation. 

Before you commit
Before committing, you will want to know the coach’s approach to the following.
  •   How you will set up your coaching plan together
  •  How the outcomes will be defined
  • The overall timeline
  •  How progress against the outcomes will be assessed
  • Structure, venue, and frequency of meetings
  • Fees, payments, and rescheduling policies

Now you are ready to make your choice and get started. 
If you have any questions please get in touch.  I would love to hear from you and to know how it turns out for you!

Wendy Mason is used to working with people moving out of the Public Sector! She is a performance, programme, contract management and change specialist. She works as a consultant, business coach and blogger.  Adept at problem solving, she is a great person to bring in when that one thing you thought was straightforward turns out not to be! If you have a problem talk to Wendy – she can help you – email her at or ring ++44(0)7867681439
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