It’s Day Seventeen of my Twenty-One Tools post series! Today, you can download 10 Best Questions to Ask a Client Thinking About Changing Roles by Whitney Johnson the author of Disrupt Yourself
Is it possible that being disruptive can be a strength? I have to admit that I didn’t think so. That is, until I attended Whitney Johnson’s session at the WBECS Pre-summit this year. That’s where I heard the term “disruptor” used to describe a positive behavioural characteristic. In fact, Whitney is a big proponent of disruption as a critical part of the journey to eventual success, especially if you are changing roles. She believes that “disruptive change is the only way to avoid a career killing plateau”. Interesting. Sounds like a mid-career shake-up could be a good thing!
Today’s download is from Whitney Johnson, executive coach, speaker and author of several books, the most recent of which is Disrupt Yourself – Putting the Power of Innovation to Work . If you are itching for a change and not sure what’s next, this book will help you understand how the framework of disruptive innovation can apply to your particular path. It’s a great read for anyone ready to make a disruptive pivot in business or for high-potential individuals charting their career trajectory. It will be of value to managers encouraging innovative thinking on their teams and leaders facing industry changes that make for an uncertain future .
If you are looking for an excellent and shorter introduction to the concept of disruption, you can download the HBR article by Whitney Johnson called Disrupt Yourself.
Whitney’s WBECS speaker gift is for coaches, HR professionals and managers who find themselves in the position of assisting others through career transitions. It’s even helpful as a thinking tool for those of you pondering a change in roles yourself.
Here’s a sample question from the download, 10 Best Questions to Ask a Client Thinking About Changing Roles
Question: What trade-offs are you willing to accept to get the job you want? Time, money, location, title?
Rationale: When a person is disrupting themselves and trying something new, there is usually some type of step back involved. What kind of step back are they willing to take? Frequently, people don’t want to give up anything. As their coach, helping them see that sideways or backward is a slingshot can help them get to the job or opportunity they really want.
Benefits: 10 Best Questions to Ask a Client Thinking About Changing Roles
- Build high performance skills
- Showcase their best strengths and take the right risks
- Find a position they love that helps them grow
Register for WBECS 2018. It starts on September 6th. I’ve selected the Executive Speed Pass so that I can have access to the slides, recordings and transcripts too. Come join me!
Remember, this is not the only post with a downloadable professional development tool from WBECS 2018. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled. I’ll be posting 21 tools in 21 days. Enjoy!
Author: Cathy Shaughnessy
Cathy Shaughnessy is a PRISM award winning ICF Master Certified Coach and author of the book series The Really Competent Coach. Cathy coaches senior leaders, mentors credentialed coaches, trains fledgling coaches and helps organizations build strong coaching cultures.
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