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More and more of my work is about intentionally managing your
career so that you are working in the most fulfilling and energy-giving way
possible. This is true whether your career is currently a 3/10 or an 8/10. And
I believe that the seasons we experience in nature can give us clues as to how
we can intentionally manage our careers in a cyclical way.
So, what am I recommending you do to intentionally manage your
career during the last 3 months of 2021?
Plant Spring bulbs
We all know that October is the time to think about planting
tulips and other bulbs for an impressive Spring display of colour. The bulb
will stay dormant underground until the Spring when it will grow and eventually
What could you start to cultivate in your career this season that
will burgeon into vibrancy in the Spring?
Firstly, think forward 6 months to April 2022. What would you like
to be different in your career at that point in time? Think about what would
bring in more colour and energy?
For some of my clients, this is about finding a new job in an
organisation that is more aligned to their values. For others, it is changing
career entirely but firstly finding out what that career change will look like.
For others, it may be learning a new skill to help them develop in their
What is the one small step you can
take now that will make a positive difference to your career in 6 months’ time?
Plan for shorter days and longer
When the autumn starts rolling in, we all dread the longer periods
of dark that this entails, don't we? As the Northern Hemisphere points away
from the sun due to the Earth's axial tilt, our periods of daylight become
increasingly shorter. This means that we have to create some artificial light
If your career feels like it's suffering from Seasonal Adjustment
Disorder, it's time to fire up the metaphorical log burner and inject some
warmth and light. But how to do this?
The trick here is to warm things up in your current situation and
an easy way to do this is by focusing on improving the human connections you
experience at work.
How are your working relationships? Write down a list of everyone
that you work with and give that relationship a score out of 10. Now look at
your scores and ask, "Are these relationships as good as they should
be?" and "Which scores in particular would I like to improve?".
Now make yourself a A/W 21 Action Plan to improve one or two of
those relationships. This could be more regular catchups with your line
manager, reaching out and offering your help on a project, getting back in
touch with a former client or supplier. And don't forget your external networks
Which relationships could you improve
right now that will be of most benefit to you in the future?
(PS this exercise can work in your personal life too)
Enjoy Autumn's colourful display
With all this planning for Spring and hunkering down, it's easy to
forget that Autumn is a BEAUTIFUL season in nature with plants firing off
colourful displays everywhere we look. Apparently (I had to look it up!) this
change in colour is due to hormonal changes in the leaves (I can relate!) that
happen before the tree sheds its leaves.
So, my final tip about this season is: Don't forget about the
beauty that is already on display within you and your career.
If you need reminding of your deeply coloured hues, I would highly
recommend trying one or two of the following:
I hope this email has given you some ideas of how to approach the coming A/W 21 Season
with intention. It's always important to look after yourself as well as your
career so make sure you get lots of fresh autumnal air and enjoy cosying up
with a good book, glass of wine, hot chocolate or Netflix - whatever helps you
let me know your plans and I'm always here to keep you accountable!
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