Career Transition

Dispensability

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dispensableWhen you think of your role as an employee within an organization, how dispensable are you really relative to the people you interact with? With these relationships there exists a degree of dependence or a “dispensability factor” which, for a newborn and their mother would be 100%, and then drops to 0% for total strangers. It is influenced by such things as likability, trust and reliability.

It reminds me of a friend who was responsible for a business but reporting to a boss overseas. Almost irrespective of results, so long as the dispensability factor remained pretty high both ways, everything was good. But them something happened and there was a shift and soon it became obvious that the boss’s factor was reducing. This led to a degree of isolation, non-involvement with key decisions and ultimately to the realization that he had in fact become dispensable. A few months later, his boss showed up unannounced and told him he was being laid off. Thankfully my friend had seen the warning signals and had put plans in place for his next move and was ready when he got the news.

The key message from this story is that you should be regularly assessing the dispensability factor in all your working relationships. This also allows you to see yourself from other people’s perspective and gives you time to do something about it. It may not be as dramatic as the above and very often, if noticed early, can be resolved by just speaking candidly to somebody. But how often have we heard people saying, “I never saw it coming?” and they get blindsided. In the case of my friend above, he saw it coming and had plans in place for his next move but more importantly, he had also worked on the relationship with his old boss so that when it came to be let go, he was well looked after.

In conclusion, if you find yourself in a situation where your dispensability factors are not where you would like them to be with the people that matter, firstly ask yourself what you can do to make it better? If you are not seeing any improvements, start thinking about what might be next. Unlike a mother and newborn, there might come a time when none of us are indispensable.

Why the Profession of Coaching is Exploding?

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Depending on who you speak with, you can get a variety of responses when somebody mentions the word “coaching”. For many it’s associated with sports, for some it’s what executives get to improve their effectiveness, and for others it’s what they observe (sadly!) on reality TV shows. Whatever your perspective, this profession is growing at an exponential rate and here’s what some notable publications are saying:

coaching “In a recent study, training alone improved leadership skills by 22%. When combined with Executive Coaching, improvement jumps to 77%” Fortune Magazine
“The benefits of coaching appear to win over even the most cynical of clients within just a few weeks” Money Magazine

This shift is been driven primarily by two key groups – Changers and Movers. Let’s explore both.

With changes in demographics, technology and the fact that the world is now a smaller place, people no longer feel confined. There is a desire to explore, try new things and “god forbid” find happiness; this is fuelling the Changers. Professional Coaching (and the associated entrepreneurial endeavor) has emerged as a way of enabling these Changers; it provides an opportunity to leverage existing knowledge and experience into a marketable service. And with a much broader scope and application, not alone are these Changers equipped with the knowledge to support clients, but they also have the communications skills to execute effectively.

Movers in turn are the population that is supported by the Changers (i.e. coaching). For many of the same reasons mentioned above (demographics, technology, small world), Movers are now turning to coaches to proactively facilitate more positive outcomes both in their personal and professional lives. They are no longer satisfied with the status quo and want to make things happen. However they also recognize that help is required and are choosing to hire somebody who is objective and honest, with a clear focus on helping them achieve a desired result.

Just as with the interdependence between human and plants to survive, Movers need Changers (and vice versa) in a movement that is allowing people to lead much more optimal lives.