Your December Stock-take: Time for a Review

Your December Stock-take: Time for a Review

Your December Stock-take! Once a year it is a great thing to undertake a personal stock-take. This can give you the foundation for facing the New Year with confidence. The purpose of this review is to gain insight into some key dimensions of your work and life and to give you more clarity in career development.

Your career priorities change as your life and learning progresses. Regular review is integral to your continuing professional development.

Here are some questions to ask. You could try to get feedback from those around you as well as your self-evaluations.

What motivates you?

Understanding what is most important to you helps you make career choices founded on what motivates and satisfies you. You are then much more likely to achieve career fulfilment.

  1. What are your career priorities?
  2. Does your current job match your career priorities?
  3. What if anything is lacking?
  4. What could you do to bridge the gaps?
  5. What do you consider are your most significant achievements so far and what did you learn from achieving them?
  6. What didn’t go so well and what did you learn from that.


The following questions help you identify your levels of accomplishment and work preferences. They could provide insight into how you might develop areas that are weak. They also help you make career choices that capitalise on your areas of strength and enjoyment, whilst reducing involvement in weaker or less enjoyable areas.

  1. What are the main tasks of your current work?
    • Tasks you perform well are…
    • Tasks you perform less well are…
    • Tasks you enjoy are…
    • Tasks you do not enjoy are…
  2. What are your key areas of expertise?
  3. Which of these areas do you need to develop further to enhance your effectiveness and career prospects? How could you do this?

Your skills

Compile a list of skills you use in that each of your work areas.

  1. What are your strongest skills?
  2. What are your weakest skills?
  3. What are the skills you need to work on to ensure you can do your current work effectively?

Work/life balance

To lead a happy and healthy life we all need to balance life at work with life outside work!

  1. Are you content with the balance between your work and life outside work?
  2. Are you content with the time you have for leisure, sport, relaxation?
  3. Do you have sufficient time for friends and family?
  4. What could you do to gain a better work/life balance? Could you ask for flexible working arrangements, for example?
  5. Is there work you need to do on your personal relationships? How will you do this?

Your network

Review your friend and contact list. This is your key development resource, whether looking for support, for a new job or looking for ways to develop within your current role. Advice, insight and information and support are all available from the people around you.

What can you do to develop your network?

Personal constraints overall

Sometime the barriers to our success come from within ourselves.

  1. Are there any internal constraints or de-motivators within you; pressures, negative thinking, health and fitness, or time issues holding you back from reaching your full potential?
  2. How could you overcome these?
  3. Should you seek help – for example from a coach?
  4. Who can you rely on to support your career development?

Career goals

Most successful people have set out with a goal. Often that goal changes along the way but it has still been a stimulus to action.

  1. What are your short-term career aspirations?
  2. What are the skills you need to develop to ensure you reach your short-term goal?
  3. What are your longer-term career aspirations?
  4. What are the skills you need to develop to ensure you reach your ultimate career goal?
  5. Where next?

If you are clear about your aims you are ready to begin planning how will you get there.

If you are unsure about your future career direction, then you may need help. Remember I offer a trial free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype.

Warm regards



Business coaching is a powerful approach for those wanting to develop their own careers, or those of their staff, and people facing career transition.

  • Improve leadership and management skills
  • Think through options and develop successful action plans
  • Communicate with people at all levels with authority and confidence
  • Motivate teams and turn them into high performing and highly motivated units
  • Increase commitment to organizational goals

HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM COACHING? Coaching enhances your ability to learn, create, make desired changes, and achieve goals. 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

WHO BECOMES A COACHING CLIENT? Business coaching is appropriate for any manager or professional who wishes to reach their full potential or manage an enforced change to best advantage.

Wendy Mason has depth of experience as a manager, consultant, coach and mentor.

She specializes in supporting people and organizations, particularly those going through change and transformation.  She provides a discrete business coaching service for those wanting to develop their own careers, or those of their staff and people facing career transition. She is used to working with people from diverse backgrounds and her experience includes public, private and voluntary sectors. You can find her full resume on LinkedIn at

WHEN DO I NEED A BUSINESS COACH? You should consider working with a coach when you are:

  • Wanting to improve the way you carry out your present role
  • Newly promoted
  • Moving from a professional/technical role to general manager
  • Taking on major new project
  • Getting ready for the next promotion
  • Contemplating a career change
  • Wanting to do career stock take before planning for the future
  • Starting a new business
  • Choosing to make significant changes in how your business or organization works
  • Having trouble managing people, projects, or time
  • Facing significant changes in how your business or organization works
  • Facing an enforced personal change like redundancy

IS COACHING DIFFERENT FROM CONSULTING? Yes… and no. Traditional consulting focuses on offering external solutions and prescriptive advice. Coaching facilitates the discovery of answers that are uniquely your own. Your coach provides guidance, expertise, recommendations, and skill-building techniques whenever they are useful, but doesn’t do things for you, nor tell you exactly what to do. Coaching is typically more allied to training or mentoring than it is to consulting, because the emphasis is on your own learning and experience rather than on specific answers provided by an outside expert. Your coach will supply you with ideas, resources, models, and systems that are proven to work, but won’t hand you a completed action plan nor assert that there’s only one right way to accomplish your goals.

HOW DO I GET STARTED? One-on-one coaching can happen in one to one meetings or over the phone. You may offer ongoing coaching or single sessions. You may also choose coaching for your management, project team or work group.
Ongoing coaching relationships begin with an initial session to create an overall strategy. Regular coaching sessions are the held weekly, biweekly, or monthly.
Single or “a la carte” coaching sessions are available at an hourly rate. Your first session has a one-hour minimum; subsequent sessions may be shorter if desired.
On-site team coaching is available in half-day or full-day sessions. You may also wish to consider follow-up group sessions via teleconference.

COACHING WORKS. Find out more about what coaching can do for you! To arrange a free confidential, exploratory discussion please email or, if you prefer, call ++44(0)7867681439 and speak to Wendy.