If you want to drive your life, your career or your business in a direction that will bring you more success you have to know the destination you are called to pursue. You want to know what that target looks, feels, smells and tastes like. It has to be palpable to you - so much so that you can describe it down to the last detail.
No matter what line of work, volunteerism or business you are in, you have an "Ideal Company. Even if you will be self-employed - you want to know what kind of company you want to build. Be specific. You want to define the size and other demographic information of the ideal company in which you'd like to work or business you want to build so that you may follow through with research on who fits that description or how you will build it yourself.
If you will be self-employed - I encourage you not to think too small. Think BIG! Many entrepreneurs set low goals so as not to fail. If you are going to dream - this is the place to dream BIG!
The ABCs to Distinguish Your Ideal Company
Make an "Ideal Company Traits List." If you were to work for or build a company that met your ideal standards what would that look and feel like?
a. Is it a for-profit business or non-profit organization?
b. How many people work there?
c. Do you work on site, in the field or from home?
d. Is it a service or product oriented company?
e. What are the particular industries that interest you?
f. If you are employed by this company what size is the department you work in? / If this is your own company how large is your executive management team?
g. How would you describe your work day - Are you able to self-actuate or do you want more direction from managers, clients or customers?
h. Who is there to support you?
i. What is your boss or your board of advisors like?
j. Is their travel involved? How far?
k. What does your office look like?
l. What does the company do/sell?
m. What need does the company fill?
n. How would you rate the importance of what the company does on a scale of 1 to 10.
n. How does the company's purpose align with your purpose?
o. What is your ideal salary range?
p. Is there a bonus in your salary structure?
q. What is included in the benefits package?
r. Describe the work environment - fast paced or leisurely?
s. If you are employed how would you describe your manager's style? / If you are self-employed how would you describe the style of your clients?
t. Are your work assignments structured or do you have a lot of freedom to create that structure?
u. What will your manager or clients expect from you? Who will advise you?
v. How would you describe how your manager seeks input from you? / How would you describe how you give input to the people who work for you?
w. What is the feeling you go home with at the end of the day?
x. What value of your is evident in your work?
y. What else is important?
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Mary Lee Gannon is an executive and life transition coach, strategic planning consultant and president of StartingOverNow.com. She championed a life change that took her from welfare to CEO and has advanced organizations with up to $26 million in assets within many complex systems over the last 16 years. She is a graduate of the Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she worked up to the level of CEO to support her family. Her book "Starting Over" is available in bookstores, online or on her web site at www.StartingOverNow.com Email her to get a free e-book and get on her mailing list for free exercises and tips at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mary Lee Gannon is the president of StartingOverNow.com - Transforming People and Organizations with Goals-to-Results. With more than 16 years of experience as a CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee coaches individuals and organizations with a Goals-Accountability-Results system. Read testimonials from her clients. She is a graduate of The Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she rose to the level of CEO to support her family. Areas of Specialty: Strategic Planning / Board Development / Executive Coaching / Healthcare / Public Relations / Meeting Facilitation / Leadership / Productivity / Life/Career Transition. Her book "Starting Over - 25 Rules for When You've Bottomed Out" is available in bookstores and from online booksellers.
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