Anticipate accelerating change will affect your self-sufficiency, confidence, or contentment
Want to be intentional about how you live now and later
Know your present situation is not a good match or vulnerable
Search for greater meaning, purpose, and appreciation in your life and work
Are in transition
In focused, lively conversation, your hopes and ideas, concerns and experience are clarified first. Ruth then shows you how to use original, proven guides to choose among a range of specific topics for improved focus and insight. They include your preferences about values, subjects, and issues. Also identified are transferable (soft) skills, colleagues and other connections, as well as work situations or venues that appeal.
Ruth then shows you how to integrate the results of your responses into an authentic description of work you want to do. That leads to testing the description against internal and external realities and possibilities. In the process, consideration is also given to going deeper and wider with your thoughts, emotions, and assumptions. The resulting clarity will be your catalyst for reaching out to potential opportunities and people. During all these steps, Ruth will provide continuing guidance, including access to related handouts, leads, and information, as well as empathy.
This inside-out approach starts where you have more control and choice: within yourself. It avoids narrowing yourself with conventional testing and job titles or by cramming your assumptions and vision first into just what’s “out there” or familiar. The process also helps transcend unnecessary detours, distractions, and disappointments such as:
Using this process of six to seven meetings over three months or less, will give you the tools, encouragement, and experience to express what you want and how to get it. The benefits from that practice, effective self-management, and action will also prepare you to deal independently with naturally shifting circumstances in the future.
Throughout, this process is flexible, contingent on your needs, timing, and goals. Most meetings with clients in the District of Columbia area, throughout the US, and abroad are by phone and online, with some email.
When you complete your work with Ruth, you’ll be able to:
Using a process that usually benefits from three to four meetings, expect to
You can be the author of the next exciting chapters for your decades ahead. Work with Ruth to turn dreams or aspirations into plans and actions. Do it incrementally or for current applications. Whether you want to consider planning for post-retirement or avoid that concept entirely, Ruth will guide you in creating a new portfolio with as many leaves as you want.
In addition to conversations and explorations, Ruth will provide access to a wealth of materials to spark your curiosity beyond initial thoughts. One example is a design grid with over 30 options to consider. Examples in the two-page grid include a portfolio of work, play, learning, volunteering, and starting a business, along with timing options.
Start the adventure now. At least the journey will make the present more acceptable, at best the exploration will lead you to new opportunities and vitality, now and later.
Depending on what emerges, the process can benefit from three to six meetings with enough space between each for doing the work without losing momentum.
Regardless of your current level, Ruth will help you identify how to expand, strengthen, and deepen your management and leadership skills and abilities with the two steps below. This process usually benefits from four to five meetings for describing your situation for skill use, defining action planning strategies, practicing, and making concrete, incremental progress.
Together, we will use critical thinking, common sense, our fertile imaginations, and experience to:
This process usually benefits from four to six meetings that include these four steps, goals, and results:
After you have the experience of using the career consulting process yourself, you may be inspired to guide others in applying this inside-out, proven approach. Since it transcends the limitations of tests and job titles, you will have seen its special relevance to the future of work as well. That unpredictable dynamism is best addressed by starting with each person’s uniqueness as a foundation for action instead of merely projecting the known into the unknown future.
At no cost, feel free to discuss your interest and ideas for doing this with Ruth, regardless of formal education and your own titles.
Once you choose the services you want from the options above or other versions and possibilities that make sense to you, we can agree on effective phone, online, and email arrangements. Do call me to discuss possibilities and timing at 202.659.1772.