Who’s your Sherpa?
I recently heard an amazing speaker at an Ernst & Young quarterly women’s network event: Herta von Stiegel.
She decided she wanted to climb Kilimanjaro as a challenge for reaching 50. Not only that, but to do it taking a group of disabled people and their helpers too. It took two years of planning and she succeeded. The climb resulted in a book called “The inner mountain” which draws parallels between leadership lessons and her experiences climbing Kilimanjaro.
Two things I personally took away from her talk were:
1) Vision is the intersection between something you are passionate about/a major strength and how it meets a human need.
2) The aptness of the ‘inner mountain’ metaphor for career change.
Many people want to change career but don’t start because the change feels too great, the climb too steep, too daunting. No one who has climbed a mountain or done a marathon would say it is easy, but they focus on the motivation of the outcome and how they will feel and break the stages into steps, just as climbers have different camps along the way e.g. base camp.
Two of the highlights for me about helping people to change career are the ‘aha’ moments – insights about what they really want to do, what is stopping them and breakthroughs in progress. Career change like climbing a mountain is an outer journey too, but very much an inner one of personal discovery and change.
Three questions for you:
What do you feel passionately about doing through your career to help others?
What are you really good at?
What’s stopping you from career change?
Here is what a client of ours said recently:
“Coaching has been very instrumental for me, because it helped me carve my own path at my own pace, to reach my goal. I’m not sure that without coaching, I would still have had the willpower to change and enter a completely different line of work – I may have thought about it, but whether I would have put it in action anyways? I’m not so certain!
Also, I enjoyed speaking with Rachel, because I knew that she wouldn’t be judgemental or biased – she understood where I was coming from and she understood why I needed the change, which has been at times, difficult to explain to friends and family.”
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