My guiding values
My logo tells the story of my values
At first glance, my logo resembles a brain - a very busy brain.
That's pretty much how clients come to me - overwhelmed, unfocused, unable to see the bigger picture, or unable to get out of the detail. That changes as the coaching journey unfolds.
Over time the busyness is replaced with clarity, the ability to think clearly, a curiosity about other ways of seeing a situation, an ownership mindset, the ability to listen, to yourself and others, resilience and agility, and the capacity to step into the role as CEO of your career.
In my career journey, my relationship with my values has ebbed and flowed. When I allowed myself to be guided by and in a close relationship with my values, so much clarity emerged for me.
That doesn't mean that everything is easy all of a sudden, but rather that I have a much greater ability to listen - really listen, to myself and what is true for me - rather than get sucked into assumptions about what I think society says I should be doing.
Expertise takes time
No one is born the expert - it takes time. Start where you are, keep practising, ask questions and keep learning.
Your career is your business
In your career, you are the product or service and your boss, manager, teammates, project managers and future employers are your customers. You need to create value and serve your customers so that you can grow your career like a business.
Listening is a gift
Listening is the greatest gift you can give someone - to be heard is as close as some people come to feeling respected, valid and understood. Listen to yourself too.
Your emotions are data
Pay attention to what your emotions and intuition are telling you - they are a source of wisdom.
Tend to your own self-care - know when to nourish yourself, when to focus on growth, when to rest, where your boundaries lie so that you can protect your own well being.
Invest in yourself
Invest in the assets of your career - your self, your self-care, your competence, your resilience, your networks, your relationships.
Lifelong learning is critical to remain agile and relevant in your career.
Take charge of your growth
You don't need to wait for others to invest in you or tell you what direction to take. Choose to grow and blossom in your career for your own intrinsic benefit.
Create your narrative
The stories you tell yourself and others, and the words you use, contribute to the perceptions you, and others, have about you. Use your words carefully.
Resilience is your resource
In this world of constant change, your resilience - your ability to bounce back, change direction, be flexible, stay positive, build strong connections, see the bigger picture - is your resource.
Take time to think
Everything depends on your ability to think. Make time regularly to think, to mull, to reflect, to consider different perspectives, to intuit, to breath, to develop your thoughts.
Leave your comfort zone
Your career growth happens outside your comfort zone - take one step out into growth and then another and another.
Nurture your networks
When you nurture your relationships and seek to serve before you try to sell, you are building social capital in advance of ever needing help.
Curiosity is your super power
Your curiosity empowers you to be agile, to experiment, to learn without the fear of failure.
Change is possible
You can change direction at any time you choose. You can change careers, you can change your mind, you can change your decisions.
You are the CEO of your career. Cultivate your CEO mindset and manage your career like a business - with vision, intention, curiosity, creativity, courage and compassion.