Less Ordinary Careers – The CEO of Me Ltd.

Less Ordinary Career Perspective – We Are All Entrepreneurs

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How can you create a successful and fulfilling career in the 21st Century?  The traditional post-war model of a job for life and relying on a company to provide for retirement has rapidly crumbled over the last couple of decades.  We’ve all been impacted by revolutions in technology, logistics and communications that have created a global economy.  Many leading thinkers argue that the traditional definition of a career is dead including Reid Hoffman, CEO of Linkedin:

“I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not. . . . Average job length is two to four years. That makes you a small business. . . . You are the entrepreneur of your own small business. How do you get to your next gig? How do you do your career progression? All these things now fall on the individual shoulders.”

This change of mindset challenges us to be much more active in managing our careers.  It is important to assess the rewards of our current role and ensure that they are the best ones for our personal small business. The revolutionary changes in the world mean we have more career options than ever before.  If your current role is not giving you what you need, it might be time to start considering the next direction to take your enterprise.

As an individual entrepreneur, the first step in making a change is to understand which rewards are most important to us.  Career rewards include:

  • Financial reward – work allows us to earn money which provides short term quality of life and the opportunity to plan for the long term
  • Balance – certain roles require more personal commitment of time, and energy to be successful, others leave more time for other personal priorities
  • Benefits – different roles allow us to work full time or part time, be more or less flexible in location and hours, take more or less vacation, provide healthcare and other services or not and provide other perks
  • Meaning and fulfilment – choosing work that provides personal fulfilment and feels meaningful and important can provide huge personal satisfaction and pleasure
  • Culture – we can choose whether to work in a big or small organisation, whether we are part of a hierarchy or flat structure, and many other considerations

Think about what is most important for you with your work? Traditionally, work has sometimes been seen as a means to an end – a pay cheque that allows us to put a roof over our head and if we’re lucky enjoy some of the better things in life.  As a personal entrepreneur, you get to choose how to employ your talents and time and what rewards you get for that.

My personal choice was to take a less orthodox path and to start my own coaching business, leaving a good job in the corporate world behind.  This has certainly meant a short-term sacrifice of financial reward, and benefits.  In return, I’ve found work to be truly meaningful and been able to create a flexible working culture I love.  At the time of leaving the corporate world, it felt like a risky path, however the immediate benefits and the long term potential rewards outweighed the risk for me.

As in my example, the choices you make about the rewards of work come with accompanying risks which need to be assessed as you take control of your career path.  However, Reid Hoffman believes that the reality of these risks has changed:

“But I think that one of the key things — the reason why I think risk tolerance is important is because what happens is people delude themselves they’re not taking risks. They say, oh, I’m going to get a job at, you know, Hewlett-Packard or I’m going to get a job — and that’s not risky. Well, look at current economic climates. Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it. And people who take risk intelligently can usually actually make a lot more progress than people who don’t.”

As the CEO of Me Ltd. you have a choice about where you employ your talents.  Taking time to realistically identify the short-term and long-term rewards and the associated risks can really help to make smart choices.  The key lesson is that you need to be actively planning the direction of Me Ltd. as the world changes.  By doing so, you give yourself the best chance of having a successful and fulfilling career in the 21st Century.

What do you think about the idea of everyone being a career entrepreneur?

How do you manage your personal business?

What are the rewards you look for from your work?

What risks are you most concerned about?

Please take a minute to comment on this article.  If you’d like to think these ideas through and are ready to take control of your career, please contact pbolton@colosseumconsulting.com or carly@carlygoldsmithcoaching.com .

Successful Job Searching – Extraordinary Mindset

“No one’s hiring.”
“There are so many people like me looking for a job.”
“No one’s gotten back to me.”
“I’m not qualified.” “I’m over qualified.”
“I’ll never find a new job.”

Sound familiar? Most people we talk to these days with are in career transition.
They’re out searching for the few available positions in a market flooded with many qualified candidates. The odds may seem stacked against you. The search can feel daunting and emotions can begin to swirl – lack of confidence, desperation, feeling like you have to “sell” yourself and your soul for a steady paycheck.

Last week, I had two conversations with colleagues actively engaged in the job search process and the two couldn’t have been more different.

“Bob” sounded like the quotes above. He’s discouraged. He lacks confidence. He’s questioning his abilities. He feels like he’s tried everything and still can’t find a new job. He feels isolated. He feels like a failure.

“Joe” on the other hand sounded upbeat. He believes that although he’s been searching for over six months and unemployment is getting close to running out, he will find something that he loves. He is 100% confident in his success. He’s got back-up plans to make money and pay the bills while he searches. He’s being creative about aligning his passions and his career. He is constantly talking to friends, family, and even near strangers about his ideas and opportunities.

This stark contrast got me thinking about what sets people apart in their job search. Both Bob and Joe are smart, qualified and experienced professionals.  Yet something is different.  I began to suspect that what makes you successful is not just what you’re “doing” but how you’re “being.” It seems to me that the success of your job search is highly related to, if not dependent on your mindset.

Our mindset is our attitude, disposition or mood. And often times, we aren’t conscious of the influence our mindset can have on our success or lack there of. You could be “doing” all the right things but showing up in a way that undermines your potential.

But how do we change it? How do we set ourselves up with a mindset that positively influences our job search success? How do we even realize what our mindset is at any given moment?

What stories do you have to share?

Is your mindset playing a role in your success?

Did you notice a moment when your mindset shifted from Bob’s to Joe’s?

How does it feel to be in these mindsets?