One of the features I intend to offer on this blog will be spotlighting executives I know who are transitioning into new roles – especially those which are very different from the one they just came from. These type of changes are challenging, the stakes are usually high, and the time to prove oneself has become increasingly short with our challenging business climate.
Coaching the extensive number of executives that I have in the past 15 years, I know there is no “right” way to ramp into a new role. Every situation offers unique challenges which each executive leader must sort out what will be best to do given the conditions they face. Hopefully, learning from the experience of those who are successfully assimilating into their role will inspire new ideas and strategies usable by many.
Starting us off, I would like to introduce you to one of my former clients, Mary Templeton who recently made a major career move to a brand new and tough-to-break-into energy industry. Mary wrote about this in an on-line publication called Metromode. Here is a brief excerpt:
Changing the way I live became a personal theme over the last year, after being downsized from an executive role with an automotive intelligence and marketing solutions company. I realized this was an opportunity to reevaluate what was truly important to me and make a shift where I felt my contribution was going to make a difference. I felt a strong pull to pursue something that would leave the world a better place than I found it. Altruistic? Absolutely. Unrealistic or improbable? I didn’t think so.