If you ask Google, Seattle executives are on the move. The #1 Google search for Seattle executives considering hiring an Executive Coach is "Career Transition." Search results included how to get help with a career transition, what you need to consider during a career transition, and how to start moving forward with a career transition. The topic of career transition and getting help from an executive coach has been trending upward within the Seattle market for the past 12 months, and the COVID pandemic hasn't slowed it down!
What I know for sure is that clients often come to me for help around X problem, and end up benefiting with a Y solution - which is usually an unexpected career transition! If you are a Seattle executive quietly considering a career transition, here is what my clients have found beneficial in their process:
- What is driving your decision to transition out of your current role? We have all heard the saying, "Wherever you go, there you are," and a career transition will not help you escape an interpersonal conundrum. In my work with executive clients, I help them focus on what they want to run towards and identify what they might be running from.
- What is a new job going to give you that you don't have now? One of my clients told me that a new job would allow him to be seen, heard, and honored differently. He had been in his current role for 5+ years, so this thinking made complete sense as he wanted more complexity and a greater scope of responsibility. If you are seeking a lateral move with the same job description, this question can offer new insight as to your "why."
- How do you want to work in your new role? "I only want to work remotely," one executive stated. "I want my remote office to be my home office and the brick and mortar building to be my virtual office," he said. This mandate is gaining consciousness in 85% of the clients I coach. They no longer want to sit in a car 45 minutes two times a day to commute into a building. What about you?
- How do you want to understand yourself differently? A new job offers you the opportunity to see and experience yourself in a new way. For one client, they wanted to be more external facing as they believed they had enough seniority that it was time to give back to customers. For another client they wanted their new role to focus on the greater good rather than bottom line profits, and for yet another client they wanted to work in a culture that rewards personal excellence as it relates to company values. So as you quietly consider a transition, what can you begin to think about around how you want to understand yourself differently and what you want to see yourself do that you might not have ever done?
- What role will honor your deepest desire to achieve? One of the things we tend to forget is that we are going to die sooner than we realize. Every person reading this has a dream or an ideal of what their life would look like if they could only achieve X. So, if not now, when? The clock is ticking and your deepest desire is calling. If you've always wanted to be the CEO instead of the CFO - what do you need to explore to make that happen?
I get it, a career transition can be scary. How can you work with a coach to bring your silent internal dialogue and stealth internet searches for a new role into the active consciousness of your life so you can get the job that will honor how you understand yourself? It's the #1 Google search for Seattle residents seeking an executive and/or business coach. Positive change can be yours.