Monday, January 7, 2013

No one-size-fits-all solution

Several of my friends and many of my clients are considering new career directions. Unsure of what to pursue, they're casting about for focus and direction.

As I listen to them share their stories, I am again made aware of the differences in how we each operate. Some clients (and friends) do best starting with the Big Picture: drawing up a macro life vision and then pulling out from that the smaller pieces that are absolute necessities for whatever path they choose. Then from there, they narrow it even further into small steps and goals. When one goal is met, they set another. And another.

Others begin with the small steps because that's how they work best. They don't do well working with the Big Picture—and sometimes can't even imagine such a vision. They start with the smaller pieces of things they'd like to have in a career. What are the non-negotiables? What do I need? What do I want? And then they work on broadening the vision once they have several small steps.

What's important is that you know your own style. What works best for you? You don't need to fit into someone else's problem-solving framework. Go with what works best for you. There is no one-size-fits-all solution or structure to follow. Understand—and appreciate—your individual style. It's not good or bad. It just is what it is: your style!

If you have any sort of transition issue, whether career, relationship, health or other, and you would like some help sorting through all the pieces, please contact me for an absolutely no-obligation, complimentary phone strategy session (or if you live near me and prefer, we can set up a face-to-face session).

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