At this stage of your career you know who you are, what you do best, what feels fulfilling, and you either feel on track with your goals or not. These are the internal self-awareness that signal a Choice Point if left unfulfilled. In the fast paced company environment, external factors impact professional growth and career paths routinely, regularly, often impersonally. Having the stamina, flexibility and perspective to assess each Choice Point in the context of your career and life goals can feel daunting. What steps should you take to be prepared for unexpected external shifts? Since they are so intertwined, how do you assess your inner signals so you don’t derail a career or your personal life?
You’re feeling undervalued, under-appreciated and even bored. You see your friends and colleagues succeeding and want to find more challenge and reward. Discouraged, you’re not sure it’s possible.
You’re confronted with a new supervisor and your boss doesn’t have your back. You’re worried the value you’ve brought to the company will no longer be recognized and hold you back from your career goals.
You’ve come out of a few difficult leadership challenges at other companies, moved into a business/department within this company and everything is going smoothly. It comes naturally, but doesn’t feel stimulating for the future. Are there other life goals to integrate/pursue now or should you seek new professional stimulation?
Decisions between employment at a large corporation or moving to a smaller mid-sized firm to showcase your skills is a question. How do you assess these disparate avenues against your capabilities and unique critical aspects, then strategize ways to be successful based on that self-awareness?
You’re ready to transition into top level leadership—owning a P&L, a business, becoming a university president-etc. – but it’s lonely at the top. How do you get there and who do you talk to about your development without seeming “less” or weak?
You need guidance to assess and walk the steps into a leadership position.
You need help negotiating employment issues, from discrimination to harassment to salary increase. Even maternity/paternity leave and balance of work with parenting or aging parent responsibilities, and not lose your company or team esteem as a competent leader.
When we strategically develop your career plan over time, within the context of your whole life, based squarely on your values, purpose, current life needs and long-term direction, you more confidently assess and respond to these Choice Points with greater confidence. With this foundation, you’ll be able to more quickly recognize new Choice Points as they come up in life, and we’ll be able to work them easily, seamlessly moving you further, faster.
I have been working with Jan for the past few years on a one-on-one basis to tackle some specific communication and leadership issues in my professional career. Jan has acted as my personal coach on dozens of challenges as our company has grown from 7 employees to more than 50 over the past three years. With her direction and insight, I have developed new leadership muscles that have enabled me to work more efficiently. Jan has also been an instrumental partner in my pursuit to align my professional and personal goals. The overall result is that I am a happier person and a more effective leader.
On a more personal note, Jan is simply a fabulous person to work with. She is insightful, direct and compassionate. Her suggestions and insights are well-grounded and she has a great sense of humor (which is a requirement for anyone I work with). It has been a great pleasure to learn with her and I consider my consulting time with Jan to be one of the most important development tools I have in my life. I have recommended her services to many of my associates with great success and will continue to do so.
Jan has been an invaluable resource to grow, define, and sharpen our (family) business. She is supportive, intuitive, clear, and creative. She has helped us vastly improve our hiring, employee management, and risk management processes, often with simple, creative strategies that make a big positive impact. She’s also helped us step back and look at the Big Picture, further defining our (business’s) mission, values, and visioning for the future, and then grounding that vision in the present. Her blending of the practical improvement of systems with the creative visioning for the future has been an inspiring part of our work with her. With Jan’s help, we’ve been able to move our business forward without sacrificing our quality of life and partnering goals.
As owner of a small service company that has operated on a day-to-day basis for a number of years, there had been a lack of direction and focus – aside from the monthly budget and the immediate problems before us.
Working with Jan Hoistad has helped me tremendously in three different areas: clarifying my role as leader, planning in a realistic but wide ranging fashion and creating an exciting vision of what possibilities are on the horizon for our business. She has been patient, creative and a great help in moving a ‘stuck’ enterprise forward.
Jan Hoistad is a creative powerhouse. She can quickly identify key issues and guide people to find innovative solutions that move business forward. I have worked with Jan many times over the past ten years and I always leave our meetings filled with ideas I can put into action immediately.
Jan’s expertise, professionalism, creativity and warmth are a powerfully effective combination. She can “size up” a situation very quickly and she knows so much about so many things that she has ideas what to do about it. I always go to Jan if I get stuck. She has had a profound impact on my personal and professional life over the past 25 years. I never hesitate to recommend her services.