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Dreaming of a Career Change?
Does this sound familiar?
– You dread 9am Monday morning
– You are paralysed by uncertainty
– You’re unsure where your real strengths and skills lie
– You spend your days sitting at your desk dreaming of another life
It’s time for change
If any of these statements have you nodding your head, it’s maybe time for a career re-think. Consider this; the average person spends 90,000 hours working, over the course of a lifetime. 90,000! That works out at over a third of your life.
It’s not too late
“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year olds I know still don’t.”Baz Luhmann, Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)
Whether you’re familiar with the classic floor-filler or not, the message is still the same. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t think you’re headed on the right path.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re at a crossroads in your life. It’s not too late to make a change. If you feel like something’s missing, you don’t need to struggle through alone.
It’s not just you
Women and men around the world have the same feeling. The ‘I should be doing something else with my life’ feeling.
It can affect your health. It can affect your happiness. It can affect everyone around you too, and I know you don’t want that.
Check out Tracey’s story to understand what coaching might do for you..
Want to up your leadership game?
Leadership is challenging and it doesn’t come naturally to most of us. To add insult to injury, those who are not leaders tend to hold their leaders to very high standards, as the work from the flawed assumption leadership is easy. The result can be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or like an imposter or fraud.
We are usually promoted into leadership for skills unrelated to leading. Often the best performers ‘on the tools’ become team leaders. Few professionals are natural preparation to leader.
Wait there is more – Oddly leadership is seldom taught, it is just expected. When leaders fail to magically transform into natural leaders after receiving the title (and if they are lucky a two-day course) the consequences can be dire.
I have been working with leaders since the early 00s. Their challenges are as diverse as their backgrounds. I have worked with leaders at the beginning of their journey and those facing retirement. Whatever you leadership challenge or goals, I am the ‘guy’ for the job.
Leaders needs are varied and complex
Here is just a teeny subset of some of the things leaders bring to coaching:
…Balancing multiple life roles e.g. leader, team member, mother, partner, friend, carer, community person
…Changing team culture
…Succeeding after a promotion
…Dealing with horrible working relationships that sap the joy from the job
…Stressed out leaders, feeling rundown and overwhelmed.
…Perfectionist leaders with a tendency to micromanage, wanting to learn to let go
To know if it might work for you it is easier to get in touch. I offer an obligation and hard-sell-free session (cause I need to sleep at night) leaders I have not worked with before.
Coaching may not cost you
I have never done leadership coaching that was not paid for by the employer. Good employers understand that investment in their teams leadership is an investment in their business.
Something else that may be useful to know is that we offer services that are registered with the COVID-19 Business Advisory Fund as well as the Management Capability Voucher Fund. Your employer may be eligible for financial support. Find out more by visiting RBPN.
If you don’t think your employer is going to go for this (and hey that might be linked to rethinking your career or leadership options) then my amazingly affordable group coaching based KAN PLAN might be for you.
“Rachel has provided high level mentoring and coaching for myself in my management role for many years. I have always found Rachel knowledgeable, trustworthy and very focused on results. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rachel in all forms of coaching or mentoring for personal, leadership and organisational development.”Martin Adams, General Manager, Geocivil
Questions and Answers
Q. How is career coaching different from life-transition coaching?
Sometimes what happens in coaching is not that different in the end. The difference is more the entry point. So sometimes career coaching is more narrow and focused on this aspect. That being said it is not at all uncommon that unanswered career questions lead to exploring other areas of your life. Similarly coming into life-transition coaching sometimes uncovers a need for a career rethink hence we might end up in career-transition coaching.
So call it career transition coaching, life-transition coaching, career coaching, leadership coaching, coaching for women’s empowerment, career change coaching, coaching for women in leadership …… I doesn’t much matter. I meet each and every women where she is and support her to go where she wants to, regardless of the domain of her life.
Q. Why do you prefer leadership coaching for women?
I enjoy coaching anyone keen to be coached and have decades of experience coaching men. My focus on women is because I am passionate about gender equality. Unfortunately, the stats are pretty clear that women are behind men in terms of pay, opportunities and the extra load of unpaid domestic chores they do. Closing that can is good for men and women and next generations (link to that herald article in the research). I feel that supporting women through coaching is one small way I can support this lofty goal.
Q. Do you provide coaching to female entrepreneurs/business owners?
Yes, indeed I do! It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring my diverse skills and interests together, given my background includes corporate consulting, small business advisory, executive coaching, life coaching and my own experience as a business owner.
My approach to working with women in business is first and always holistic, considering where the business fits into the rest of their life.
Q. Speaking of life transition coaching do you offer any life-transition coaching courses?
I sure do and I created the 5-week online KAN PLAN course, during COVID lockdowns (and a broken ankle) in 2020. With KAN standing for Kick Arse Now.
You can do it one-on-one, self-paced or in small group coaching sessions.
Q. Where do you work from?
I work from my ‘coaching cave’, which was once a grey tin storage shed full of stuff. My mother and I spent five days turning it into a very cosy office and coaching space. It is such a joy to be in. My coaching cave is under a large (native) pohutukawa tree in my garden in Auckland New Zealand. For leadership coaching, I do also sometimes work from client’s offices. However, as much of my work is on Zoom some clients are overseas.