Here are some resources that should help you along your journey, regardless of whether you're a client or just stopping by. I've included videos, books, articles, and podcasts that will help shape your learning and equip you with nuggets of wisdom.
At the bottom of the page, I've also included some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and some context behind my company name.
Need a simple framework to organize your quest to find your dream job? Look no further. 10 simple steps to consider. If you're asking about resumes and applications, ask yourself and then answer any of the preceding questions before continuing onward!
This 11-video playlist features the summary and then the Ten Steps to Finding Your Dream Job - but each video into greater detail on each of the ten steps!
The precision of your words (or lack thereof) has the power to bring people to tears, compel them to action, or doom you to spinning in circles. Watch this for a powerful example of how reframing can affect people.
The Motivation Myth is one of the best books I've ever read on what motivation really is and how it plays a role in changing your life. A great primer before you begin to address your professional goals.
Designing Your Life provides a five step method to getting what you want out of life, using Design Thinking. A huge influence in my personal learning and coaching.
"For most people, passion comes after they try something, discover they like it, and develop mastery – not before. Passion is the result of good life design, not the cause."
The First 90 Days is a practical guide once you find your path and your next project, role, or assignment. With a thoughtful approach to ensuring success in your next play, you will avoid the mistakes of
The Culture Map is a wonderfully insightful book that helps you understand different business cultures across eight scales of cultural behaviors:
Communicating: low-context vs. high-context
Evaluating: direct negative
feedback vs. indirect negative feedback
Persuading: principles-first vs. applications-first
Leading: egalitarian vs. hierarchical
Deciding: consensual vs. top-down
Trusting: task-based vs. relationship-based
Disagreeing: confrontational vs. avoids confrontation
Scheduling: linear-time vs. flexible time
Ikigai is "a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being," which is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile.
This book is a fantastic read to help you understand the intersection of four questions:
What do you love to do?
What are you good at?
What can you be paid for?
What does the world need?
Getting Things Done. Sounds super self-explanatory, doesn't it?
While putting a system of workflows into practice takes some time, this book provides a really helpful foundation upon which to figure out what you need to get done and how you plan to do it.
Seems self-explanatory, no?
This FastCompany article relates how to give interviewers (and allies) some much needed context on what led you to this moment in your career.
Now just read HBR's "How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer" before you actually make any decisions!
An important set of reminders to be both thoughtful and grateful for what you have.
You spend a good percentage of your life working. What does it mean to making joy a priority? Read this great HBR article.
Click here to listen to my interview with Joseph Liu at CareerRelaunch on how to Build Your Network and how I pivoted in my career. Released January 2018. Also consider subscribing!
This article from May 2010 (when I was the director of strategy for Ascend, a non-profit focused on developing pan-Asian business leaders) includes tactics and questions you should ask when trying to find your dream job
If you're looking to stretch your mind, this is my favorite podcast to do just that. It's an easy way to be thoughtful on a variety of topics.
I'm glad to hear your curiosity is piqued and that you want to learn more. Below is a list of commonly asked questions. If you don't get your answer here, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to get back to you.
The answer depends on where you are in your career and what unresolved questions you have. If you can't answer some of these questions below, then coaching might be for you.
Early Career Professionals
-How do I take my knowledge and ambition and apply it to all of the options I'm considering?
-How do I plan my next steps to find a career I love?
-I'm not enjoying my current job - where do I need to be, and how do I get there?
-How do I build my career on my existing successes or stop and start anew?
-What are the topics for which I am consistently recognized as doing great work?
-How do I manage teams or myself better?
Senior Executives, Business Leaders, and Entrepreneurs
-How do I lead teams in complex organizations or my own business?
-Am I genuinely self-aware of how people perceive me?
-What drives me on a daily basis?
-What will this awareness help me do with teams, customers, or others?
Everyone's journey is going to be different. Some coachees arrive with a clear idea of what they want and simply lack the how to get there. Others don't know why they should pursue something or have not found the end destination. My coachees gain clarity on what's important to them or new ways of looking at information, which I call "wrinkles in the brain."
There are also tangible things you'll take away, including a wide variety of tools that are designed to identify different ideas, including but not limited to:
This is a fantastic question. I've been the beneficiary of three amazing executive coaches in my professional life.
And through all of those hard conversations and tough questions, they never told me what to do. They helped me discover what was locked away inside my head and heart all along. Coaching is not about someone else telling you what to do - it's all about you pushing all the self-imposed obstacles and barriers aside to find clarity.
I've interviewed for and accepted job offers at LinkedIn, Deloitte Consulting, Slalom Consulting, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, and SAP SuccessFactors, with offers from other companies as well. I understand the power of networks and how to distinguish oneself in making your candidacy known to employers.
For a story on how career clarity helped me find my then-dream job at LinkedIn, see my post on LinkedIn from 2017.
Well obviously that's up to you. A trial session lets coachees understand how coaching with me works. If you decide you want to proceed, I ask for a minimum commitment of 12 sessions (six months at two sessions per month). This is because lasting change is hard and requires a combination of time and effort. We will work to build up your awareness, competencies to make change, and knowledge - and this process is best served with a program of thoughtful sessions.
People with less than ten years of experience are usually one or more of the following: Individual contributors, first-time managers, pre-graduate school, or recent graduates, who have held one or many jobs.
For these individuals, typical coaching topics include:
-Finding the right career path
-MBA/Masters/Grad School considerations and applications -Understanding job search strategy and tactics (i.e., applications, interviewing, networking, resume, and offer negotiation)
People with 10-20 years of experience are often senior individual contributors, managers, or managers of managers, and can be either established in their careers or looking to make a shift.
As a result, much of our coaching is focused on:
-Aligning what you value most to the jobs, companies, and industry that have what you value
-Work-Life Balance (i.e. family, career growth, school, etc.)
-Feedback and perceptions from direct reports, bosses, customers, and other stakeholders
These are individuals who are senior executives (C-level), entrepreneurs or have more than 20 years of experience. This group often faces challenges of running an organization or being a key leadership team member.
Most of our coaching work is often centered on:
-Life coaching around what matters most
-Processing feedback from customers, direct reports, the market, etc.
-Thinking through personnel questions (hiring, firing, mentoring, coaching, etc.)
"AF" is an expression used (often by millennials) to mean "very" or "really" and stands for "as f*ck."
Example: "That party was fun AF." Or really really fun.
For you non-Millennials, if that explanation is too much, then AF simply stands for my initials (Aaron Fung).