My practice – avoiding career mismanagement

My practice – avoiding career mismanagement

What do I do?

Career mismanagement. I have a practice that assists those who are about five years or more into their careers. You are normally characterized as a “high-performance employee” and well compensated between base salary and bonus (likely in excess of a quarter of a million dollars per year). My services are not cheap as you will see. But the cost will be insignificant when I help you avoid the minefields in your career.

I work with individuals that are not stuck in their careers. I work with those who are looking at putting their careers on a firm foundation by making informed decisions for a better future and winding their way through all the corporate career landmines.

That means knowing where you are and where you are going. So we would work together over a long period of time. Look at me as being your mentor (an experienced and trusted adviser), but outside of your firm.

As a result, I only will take on a limited number of clients. You must feel that our relationship will be of benefit to you. I must, at the same time, feel that I can be of long-term assistance to you. Planning is the key as it is with anything. Be sure that you have a plan. Furthermore, in the absence of a plan, you assume that tomorrow will be the same as today.

For example

You have been asked to take on a new mandate. Offered a position at a different location. Assigned new staff. Recruited by a competitor. Asked to join a start-up. You hate your job, you want to quit. You are burned out and don’t know what to do.

These are all difficult decisions that need to be made by looking at your long-term goals and framing your decisions with that in mind. Furthermore, these decisions need to be made by careful consideration of the facts on hand. Sure, the information you have isn’t perfect. It never is. You still have to make the decisions accepting that there is career risk in whatever you do.

Why can I do this?

Pretty simple. I had almost twenty years of bouncing around like a billiard ball in major Canadian and American financial institutions as well as a few public accounting firms. Ernst & Young, Coopers & Lybrand, Citibank, JP Morgan, CIBC, AIG Trading and other less notable firms. I’ve seen the winners and losers operate. I have been first and foremost in being someone who “never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Let me help you avoid the potholes in your career that I fell into. The sky is the limit if you navigate your way around all the things that might go wrong. But sometimes we need some help. Sometimes we just can’t see the “forest for the trees”. Other times, we become too arrogant and self-assured by our ability to get ahead. Don’t.

Most of all, don’t kid yourself. Your colleagues and others you aren’t even aware of are out there to bury you if they have half a chance.

Although I have been “out of the business” for a number of years, I don’t believe that things have changed that much.