I love DIY. I do it all the time and I never get tired of it. But I have to own that my results have been inconsistent (even disastrous).
From the unstable shelf in my bedroom (FYI you really can’t learn everything from You Tube) to the unnecessarily stressful (ahem, costly) business moves (that’s plural) I’ve made, I now recognize that for the things that really matter, you need to call in a professional. It’s been a hard and expensive lesson.
With your career, this is something you only see looking back. At least that was the case for me. My first ever encounter with coaching was when I had career transition support after being laid off from an HR job I loved. I put up a fight with that coach, because I was so sure I knew what I was doing! And getting exactly none of the results I wanted (despite working very hard at it). My coach finally took me in hand, sitting me down, showing me that by not using the help I had right in front of me I was going to be unemployed longer, and be at risk for taking a job I would hate out of desperation to get back to work, making less money than I had at my last job.
And they were right.
I’ve never forgotten that lesson; sometimes, even when you think you can do it yourself, you shouldn’t. Today I have a business coach to keep me on track as a (now) successful entrepreneur (no more 10K oopsies). I work with other coaches to help me with my sometimes very messy life. These investments have been instrumental in making empowering decisions in my work and life that avoided what would have been disastrous mistakes (both financial and emotional). My coaching investments also made the time I was in pain, shame, or uncertainty much, much shorter.
Do-it-yourself has another name; do-it-alone. It means when your career and job satisfaction are at risk, often at precarious points in your work life (like when you’re very unhappy, underpaid or unemployed). You feel abandoned.
Doing it alone has a cost to it.
When you do it alone there is no feedback loop to learn from, just a gaping void breeding mistrust and self-loathing. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Here’s the good news. DIY’ers make the MOST SUCCESSFUL coaching clients.
This is what the DIY spirit does for you when you invest in your career, working with a professional coach:
There’s so much you bring to the table as a DIY’er, and I can tell you that my DIY inspired clients always see a return on their investment in career coaching – they get what they come for (and much, much, more).
If you’re a DIY’er, invest that courageous spirit in your career. Stop trying to do this all yourself from books and articles and start with a no cost, no commitment Career Strategy Call to get the first clear step you need to have your dream career. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Book today: https://calendly.com/coachingwithcarleen/career-strategy-session
Working with Carleen I saw how I was attracted to work and organizations that needed me, but weren't good for me. I now have a process to make sure the roles I take on are good for both the organization and myself."
We’ve all been there. Working at a great (maybe even your dream) job, and yet something is deeply wrong. You feel like a stranger on your own team. You think your manager is missing the big picture, or misreading the details (or misunderstanding you). You are concerned about the values your organization says it upholds, and how people are actually acting (towards each other, the clients, or both).
Yet, you really love the work (or another aspect of what is there for you). With “The Great Resignation” many professionals are wondering what their options are and start nervously thinking about freshening up their resume, but what if there was another way to look at this circumstance?
If you experience disrespect, bullying, or other behaviour that is profoundly unwelcome or unethical I am not suggesting that you should stay. However, for many people thinking about leaving their current employer there are feelings of disappointment that “come and go”; one day is positive and shows promise and the next may be a disheartening example of worst fears – there is no consistency.
Often this is experienced after the “honeymoon” period in a new role, or a re-organization, merger or other major shake-up at your place of work. Perhaps the “disruption” was an assessment or a performance review that was honest enough to make you feel vulnerable, even a bit “naked” at work, or you are just not being seen/heard by your manager and others. Things are just not what you had hoped they would be (or what they have been in the past). Now what?
It’s a perfectly human response to want to move yourself out of discomfort (and out of your job/organization), and perhaps in the end that is really what is being called for, but before making any lasting decisions about your current role, take a look at 3 key factors that contribute most to dissatisfaction at work, and what you can do about them.
All three of these areas, industry health, workplace culture and leadership style act as “tectonic plates” in any working environment. How well they “fit” with your needs, gifts and aspirations is something only you can determine. You know the feeling you get when these things are working really well for you and when they are rubbing in the wrong ways; when that happens, you may feel powerless to do anything about it. Except this is your life and your career, so before deciding to leave, see what can be done.
Should you join “The Great Resignation” or tough it out? That is something only you can determine. However, if you have one foot “out the door” anyway, what harm is there in first figuring out what is possible?
In other words, what have you got to lose?
Carleen helped me to see that some of the things I hated about my current job could "follow" me to the next one. She worked with me to make sure they didn't."
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