Mid-Career Executives: Time to Design the Next Phase of Your Career

Advancing your career can be overwhelming if you are unsure of what to do about obstacles or challenges to success. As a mid-career professional, you need to feel that you have control over the direction of your career. Given the volatility of the economy over the past few years, you may have reviewed your career strategy lately and decided that things are not going according to plan. Perhaps things have moved along so swiftly in your career that you haven’t felt the need for a strategy—until now.

Developing your career blueprint is much like building a house from the foundation up. You wouldn’t hand a builder a pile of lumber and tell him to get started because you are in a hurry, would you?  First, you would outline a plan with an architect, considering key factors such as location, lifestyle, space requirements, and budget.

Likewise, when building your career blueprint, it is important to begin with the end in mind. Using the following steps, you can create and execute a vision that leads to career satisfaction.

Six Career Blueprint “Must Haves”

  1. Define Success On Your Own Terms:  Define your unique “Success Criteria.” Ask yourself: What do I need in order for my business or career choices to align with my values, strengths, mission, lifestyle requirements, and desired compensation?
  2. Define and Manage Your Personal Brand:  Whether you are the owner of a business or working for a company you love, you need to define and manage your personal brand. Doing great work is not enough to garner rewards, recognition, or new business.
  3. Set Specific Goals & Accountability Strategies:  Your business or career is likely to stagnate unless you set measurable, specific goals. What do you need to accomplish in the next 90 days, six months, and one year, and how will you track that?
  4. Cultivate Strategic Alliances & Advisors:  No one succeeds alone. Make it a regular practice to build strategic alliances and cultivate a personal board of directors to provide sound advice.
  5. Develop a High Level of Self-Mastery: Focus on understanding your personal success strategies and the best ways to replicate them. What are the unique steps you have taken to leap over hurdles? What are the behaviors or beliefs that hinder your progress?
  6. Measure & Recalibrate: Schedule regular times to measure progress, address breakdowns, and adjust goals.

Can Career Coaching Help Build Your Blueprint?

Once upon a time, you may have been on a reactive course, going through any door simply because someone opened it. Now that you have decided to develop your blueprint, take stock of your current advisors and resources. Tap into trusted advisors within your company and network, if appropriate. Consider the value of outside, objective advice through personal career counseling, especially when navigating sensitive or confidential decisions. With your blueprint in hand, you can grow your business or career with confidence, knowing that you have a clear path to success.