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Charting Your Course

  1. 1. New Directions In Charting Your Course Carol C. Malysz, Vice President, New Directions, Inc.
  2. 2. New Directions, Inc. <ul><li>Founded in 1986…a national firm </li></ul><ul><li>Located in downtown Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Over 2,600 alums nation-wide </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Every person born in this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique. Every man’s and woman’s foremost task is the actualization of his and her unique, unprecedented and never-recurring possibilities.” </li></ul><ul><li> Martin Buber </li></ul>
  4. 4. New Directions….. We help executives, professionals, and their families discover new life/work pathways.
  5. 5. Pathways include full time employment, entrepreneurship, consulting, board directorship, non-profit leadership or Life Portfolio.
  6. 6. What is Life Portfolio? <ul><li>A mindset and approach that…… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes career and life choices aligned with who you are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develops greater control over life and career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balances life, career, family, community, spirituality, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What is a Portfolio? <ul><li>“ Portfolio”: a movable carrying case, a portable book, a presentation of who each of us is – the whole me, not just the career me </li></ul><ul><li>Several components… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leisure/hobbies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving back </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Life Before Life Portfolio Internal Drivers Passion Energy Purpose Calling Skills Experience Credentials Wisdom Values Motivations Legacy External Realities Financial Health and wellbeing Caregiving Spouse/partner preferences Locations Vocation/Profession Family/ Friends
  9. 9. Life Portfolio How Do You Want to Allocate Your Time? Vocation/ Profession Community/ Humanitarian Avocation/ Recreation Family/ Friends Community Leisure Internal Drivers Passion Energy Purpose Calling Skills Experience Credentials Wisdom Values Motivations Legacy External Realities Financial Health and wellbeing Caregiving Spouse/partner preferences Locations Vocation/ Profession Self Development/ Spiritual
  10. 10. Portfolio Mindset <ul><li>What are your core values? </li></ul><ul><li>Balance time and energy among important but competing needs, dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Consciously reflect on what we feel is worth living for…move toward it all through life </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio is an adaptable process – goes on as long as we do </li></ul>
  11. 11. Benefits to You <ul><li>Maximize fulfillment, contribution, satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Build, maintain legacy </li></ul><ul><li>Resurface past skills, interest, values, dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Reconnect with family, friends and others </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence that financial assumptions are linked to life plans </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Careers have a shelf life. </li></ul>Portfolios are ageless…. Timeless.
  13. 13. 6 Steps to Charting Your Course <ul><li>Decide What You Want </li></ul><ul><li>Set Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Your Personal Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Tell Your Story </li></ul><ul><li>Overcome Obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>Find Fulfillment </li></ul>
  14. 14. 1. Decide What You Want <ul><li>Determine which parts of your life need work </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to making the decision to change </li></ul><ul><li>Ask “what now?” “What’s next for me?” </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting directions makes life more interesting </li></ul><ul><li>and fulfilling </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Take steps toward advancing your dream </li></ul>Road ahead is based on choices you make
  16. 16. <ul><li>Find Your Passion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get Into Neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retell Your Life Story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a Personal “Mission Statement” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Interested….and Be Interesting! </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Follow needs – hunches – intuitions – what feels right </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slow down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less is more </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Take risks…be bold </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thomas Edison came up with over 3000 filaments before he developed the light bulb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thomas Watson (IBM) when asked how to be more successful: “Double your failure rate.” </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Know yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take an inventory of your assets, motivations, values and will open up new possibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broaden your sense of yourself to attain greater happiness and fulfillment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try on new behaviors, habits, interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reclaim the real you…not the corporate you </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>What ‘unfinished business’ inside? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clues from history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbs are your future, not nouns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a personal Board of Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Your calling … where deep gladness meets the needs of the world </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>I knew I was called when I was validated by others. People I respect and admire told me … </li></ul>You’re in the right place !
  22. 22. 2. Define Your Goals <ul><li>Develop a pattern of making choices to achieve your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Keep moving forward </li></ul><ul><li>You’re in control of what you’d like to change </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use fear and lack of money as an excuse </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>These are your goals… it’s your turn. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Break large goals down to achievable objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create the ideal day, week, month, year </li></ul>
  24. 24. 3. Develop a Personal Action Plan <ul><li>Why make a plan? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes your vision real </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measures your success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps you on track </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get ideas from your head to a piece of paper. </li></ul>Write it down!
  25. 25. <ul><li>Curb temptation to act too fast </li></ul><ul><li>Stop-look-listen </li></ul><ul><li>Live in the white space </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Consciously reflect on what we feel worth living for… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look inward for inspiration. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>It’s a process…a marathon… </li></ul>Run it one pole at a time
  28. 28. <ul><li>We have a financial plan…why not a life plan? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We should be laying the basis for future activities in the midst of our current careers. The pay off is being able to seize an exhilarating second wind in our lives … William Safire </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. 4. Tell Your Story <ul><li>How am I different? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my greatest and clearest strength? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my greatest contribution? </li></ul><ul><li>What am I known for? </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Start with the ending … </li></ul>As soon as I created an ending, the apprehension went away. I became aware of so many new things … New Directions client
  31. 31. <ul><li>Ask yourself … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What opportunities to develop to satisfy/growth your skills and ambitions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What commitments do you want to make to family, friends? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What adventures did you set aside when you started your career? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are my children (and spouse) doing that I wish I could do? </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><ul><li>Be curious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solicit advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get referrals, introductions, endorsements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go on “exploratory” meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be open to serendipity </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><ul><li>Use your connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be proactive: reach out and pick up the phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet for coffee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage your “Big 200” </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Reposition yourself and create new networks </li></ul><ul><li>New places with new attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>New places with similar interests </li></ul><ul><li>Your “Press Kit” (Bio, resume, letters, press release, your card…mission statement) </li></ul><ul><li>Your “Elevator Drill” </li></ul><ul><li>Be persistent. Practice reciprocity </li></ul>
  35. 35. 5. Overcome Obstacles <ul><li>Emotions … identify how you’re feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Need closure from the past (slow down…view from 10,000 feet) </li></ul><ul><li>Familiar anchors (titles, perks, routines, brands) </li></ul><ul><li>“ No one calls me back” </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships may change </li></ul><ul><li>Income may change </li></ul><ul><li>Business vs. Busy-ness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A fit with overall goals…or just demands on your time </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. 6. Find Fulfillment <ul><li>It’s good to have an end to journey towards…but it’s the journey that matters in the end. </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>Live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Rainer Maria Rilke </li></ul>
  38. 38. New Directions, Inc. The Life Portfolio Company <ul><li>Creating new opportunities, not just finding them </li></ul><ul><li>For more information contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Carol C. Malysz </li></ul><ul><li>Vice President, New Directions </li></ul><ul><li>131 Oliver Street </li></ul><ul><li>Boston, MA 02110 </li></ul><ul><li>617-624-3112 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>