Dissatisfied manager now lives his passions - and is happy
A technical manager asked for help with the reorientation. He no longer wanted to work in the executive environment because he was no longer able to identify with the leadership culture of his colleagues. He wanted to do something different, but did not know what.
After processing the Personal Assessment and various tests and discussions, the coach of ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES quickly realized that the coachee did like management tasks but not exclusively. Our analysis showed clearly that he had a strong talent in the creative field, which was visible in the extraordinary design of his large garden, which was more reminiscent of a beautiful park than a private garden. In addition, he was very close to nature and wanted to spend much more time than before outside of the constricting office environment. He was also interested in bioenergy plants, but so far purely theoretical. Through specific questions, the coach led him to insights that the consultant noticed during the coaching. The client saw clear more and more and his path became consistently transparent for him. Together, supported by the targeted consultation process, we created a search profile in which we considered his interests and talents. The first priority of the reorientation was to manage complex properties (such as manor, open-air museums, castles, palaces, public property).
The consultation process helped him to activate his contact network and soon a job as a property manager of a large manor was found. He can now live out his passions optimally: management tasks combined with outdoor activities; he can give free rein to his creative ideas in the field of nature and implement them; he has now realized a bioenergy plant.
Today he is very happy and thankful in his new role. Without professional support, as he told us, he would not have been able to identify and describe his own talents and interests – and he never would have been able to realize them.
The art of recognizing talents and deriving the right search profile
An accountant worked for a large company with a total of 15 accountants. So every single one was specialized within the accounting department. After her dismissal, she wanted to work more broadly and be less focused on a small, defined area.
The personality profile revealed a relatively rare talent for accountants: She was extremely creative. In the professional environment, this ability was expressed by the fact that she constantly sought to optimize accounting processes. It was therefore necessary to incorporate this requirement and knowledge into an appropriate search profile.
The ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES senior consultant considered very carefully which companies could value such a talent. The jointly created search profile described the company to be searched as follows: Strongly growing medium-sized enterprise whose accounting processes are lagging behind growth. The management must be aware of this fact and is willing to support the necessary adjustments of the processes, if necessary also against the resistance of the colleagues. There must be a small accounting department and accounting should be taken more into their own hands instead of sourcing out.
As the accountant wanted to work near her place of residence, the ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES consultant advised the client to check the industrial areas in her vicinity. So she was able to get first impressions of the companies, which she then completed via the Internet. After the evaluation, five interesting sounding companies remained, which she sent to our consultant for evaluation. On No. 1, both set the same company, independently of each other. This medium-sized company had just bought a company in eastern Germany. The two managing directors published their values and it seemed to be a suitable company. The outplacement consultant thoroughly prepared her for the initiative call approach. After the first telephone contact she was asked to send her application documents, which of course was tailored in detail, to the responsible contact person. However, she was given no hope for a job. Nevertheless, she was invited to the job-interview after two days, after the second interview the company presented a contract. In the job interviews, the managing directors mentioned great value on bringing someone on board who not only wants to adjust accounting processes, but who also enjoys it. Much of the accounting department has now been brought back into the house and the client has now great pleasure in her new job, since she can now live up to her needs and talents.
11 applications and 10 invitations to job interviews
A former client had recommended his friend to ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES, who was more than dissatisfied with his current job situation, which had a negative impact on his family life. During the first conversation, the consultant was confronted by a completely demotivated, fifty-two-year-old man, who was afraid he would never find a well-paid job and that no company would hire someone of his age. A look at his CV and targeted questions told me that as a long-term Business Development Manager, he had little idea of modern application documents.
Running a Personal Assessment we found his particular strengths, core competencies as well as successes; brought them in a structured manner on paper and integrated them into the completely revised application documents. The ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES coach's idea was to present him so exciting that his special abilities stand out. The consultant continuously supported him in writing cover letters, as he always struggled with. The self-confident presentation of his person and his talents was a focus on which the consultant attached great importance. The client managed to present himself in a confident manner, especially after the interactive "job interview" exercise.
The coachee wrote a total of 11 applications and received 10 invitations to job interviews! He was invited by six companies to a second / third discussion. He could, contrary to his initially expressed fears, choose the right employer!
Half a year after signing the contract, he invited the ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES consultant to a meal and happily shared his new task. He confided to the counselor that his wife recently told him that she barely recognized him and that he had changed.
ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES helped a desperate and dissatisfied person to achieve a satisfactory job and, at least indirectly, restore "family peace".