Compliments of: Janine Moon, MA, Career & Business Coach
Thurs, Dec 11/03
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Risk-taking for success
One of the greatest difficulties in mapping out a stellar career path is that the universe is changing daily. Traditional career mapping, which involved charting a route following well-known landmarks, is fading away. Once highly rated, cognitive intelligence (IQ) and technical know-how, while still important, are not as essential as the exec’s ability to perform within and be motivated by the organization’s work culture, including competencies in recognizing, understanding and managing the emotions of being and interacting with other human beings. Networking, team-building, mentoring, and inter-personal skills are critical, as is the ability to take risks. All of these competencies fall within the emotional intelligence (EQ) realm.
Successful executives spend years honing their verbal and analytical abilities, gaining technical expertise and experience, and managing interpersonal relationships. Experts say execs who make the grade also need to be savvy risk-takers who ‘go with the flow’. The ability to see opportunity and take a leap of faith is a vital part of this. But how do you develop your creative risk-taking muscle?
First, know yourself: take a good look in the mirror and assess what kind of decision-maker you are. Do you make decisions impulsively? Carefully but fairly quickly? Never if you can help it? When making a choice, do you ask yourself, ‘what if?’?
To make an informed decision, you need to consider all the angles and possible consequences. If you feel that you can live with the consequences – whether they be positive or negative – then likely you will feel comfortable taking the risk. Have a plan ready to deal with your possible failure. When considering the options, remember to include the risk of not taking the risk… what happens if I don’t make a choice? The “Cartesian Coordinates” method shown in the figure below can help you “leave no stone unturned.” Answer each question for your decision or issue and you will examine all risks:
For those who are so cautious that making a choice seems impossible, it’s helpful to try to break big decisions down into small steps. Record the little decisions you make, the pros and cons, and the reason you chose to take that particular step. Record the results, too. Look back on your risk-taking and use your successes to boost your self-confidence.
Once you make a decision, it’s important to step forward with positive energy and self-belief, knowing you can handle whatever happens. If things don’t go your way, see it as an opportunity to learn – and as an opportunity to put your contingency plan in place! After all, we only arrive at true success by being willing to learn from our mistakes. We gain strength and confidence from dealing with the negative and being firm in our belief that we can overcome the odds.
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”
Artists always say that if they become too self-satisfied with their work, it's time to move on to a different career. If you think you know everything there is to know about your job or career, then likely you will stagnate very quickly. You may also run the risk of seeming arrogant to those around you. Our multiple intelligences, as defined by Dr. Howard Gardner, include linguistic, musical, spatial, kinesthetic, emotional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. If you work to develop several of these, your success will be built on your personal satisfaction with your life rather than just external factors like position and salary.
Wed, 3 Dec: Realtor & Builder Luncheon, “Stressed Out? Relearn Your ABCs!”
Thu, 4 Dec: Get-It Columbus Seminar, “Networking with-LEGS: Smart Talk, Small Talk & Self Talk”
Thu, 11 Dec: Senior Roundtable, “Telling Your Story…Building Your Brand”
Fri, 12 Dec: Center for New Directions, Graduation Program, “Think You Can or Think You Can’t…You’re Right!”
Looking for a new and intriguing topic for your conference program, lunch series, or seminar/workshop schedule? Consider Janine as a keynoter, workshop leader or breakout session facilitator on these topic areas (each tailored to your audience): How's Your RQ: Resilience Quotient?; Generational Synergies; Treading Water in Corporate America; Career R&R: Career Resilience & Self-Reliance; Mentoring; and Authentic Leadership.
Many people have the idea that courage means that you step into the lion's den without fear. This is patently untrue. Most creative risk-takers recognize that some fear is a necessity, and use their 'stage fright' to hone their performance. As a coach, I help you define where you are, where you want to be and encourage you to take action to get there. -JM
If you have thought about coaching, but just aren’t sure how to begin, call or e-mail me, I’ll introduce you to coaching and you can “try it on” with no commitment, only learning! – JM
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