Recently, an author who's writing a book about how to survive and thrive in a challenging environment asked me for an interview.
Knowing that I speak to a lot of people about careers, he wanted some tips and tactics for his book. I told him that for the most part the majority of career questions come from one of these three key perspectives:1. The employed — looking for guidance on things such as:
- moving up the ladder
- dealing with a career hiccup that may be holding them back
- dealing with others in the organization
- getting a raise
- getting back in the job market
- taking advantage of social networking
- setting up a consulting practice
- rethinking their whole life plan
- dealing with how getting tanked can impact someone who has always had a job
- getting through this new and difficult situation
(This is transition coaching. It's all about helping an individual transition out of where he or she is and into where he or she would prefer to be.)
- The most successful careerists realize that it's all about evolution. Like animals in the wild — even entire species — it's survival of the fittest.
- Industries start, grow, thrive, get old, and usually then disappear. It's the same thing with companies.
- Careers that are too dependent on the success of the industry or company are at risk.
John M. McKee is the founder and CEO of BusinessSuccessCoach.net, an international consulting and coaching practice with subscribers in 43 countries. One of the founding senior executives of DIRECTV, his hands-on experience includes leading billion dollar organizations and launching start-ups in both the U.S. and Canada. The author of two published books, he is frequently seen providing advice on TV, in magazines, and newspapers.