Podcast #169 – Marc works with “Phil” (not his real name) to pivot his career in the third of four episodes.
Description:This week is the 3rd episode of the next Career Pivot evaluation series called, “Can Phil Repurpose His Career?”. This will be the fourth individual I have done this with. Previously, I worked with Tim, Sarah, and Juan (not their real names). This time it is Phil, who is in his early 60s, spent 20 years in the military, and worked the last 10 years in the private sector. If you have not listened to the first two episodes in the series, I suggest you stop and go back and listen to episodes 165 and 166 This will be a 4-episode series where the first 2 episodes comprise the first feedback session. The next 2 episodes are the 2nd and 3rd feedback sessions. I do not record the 4th feedback session as it is a review and usually gets too personal for this podcast.
- His natural management style
- How he fits into the corporate world
- How he fits into society
- His decision-making style
Previous Episodes in this Series
Can Sarah Repurpose Her Career?
Can Juan Repurpose His Career?
Can Tim Repurpose His Career?
Tim’s reports can be found here — https://careerpivot.com/tim
If this process interests you, I am offering a 30% discount if you tell me you listened to this podcast. This is a month-long process and you will be required to do a fair amount of introspection, but most people who have gone through this process have gained a great deal of insight into themselves. More importantly, they have learned how they changed their behaviors to fit in work or society. I know that personally, I learned that I twisted myself into a pretzel to make myself successful. Unfortunately, when I hit my 50s, it became exhausting. If you are interested, just email me at email@example.com. Before listening to this episode, I recommend you download the reports from careerpivot.com/phil. This link will also be in the show notes.
Now on to the podcast…
Here are the areas we cover in this feedback session:
Intellectual / Problem Solving StylesThe following pairs have scores that add to eleven. So, by definition, if an individual is high on one s/he will be low on the other.
Descriptions of Combinations of Thinking and Problem Solving PreferencesThe following is a description of possible combinations of the intellectual/problem-solving style scores.
Conceptual-GlobalIndividuals with high scores on Conceptual and Global are strategic thinkers and are often comfortable with ambiguity. They can be quite patient when reflecting on all of the possibilities – even those that have little chance of actually coming to fruition. Open to new ideas, they prefer to consider all facets of a problem or issue before taking action. Their problem-solving approach would often be considered more intuitive than fact-based. They consider it their priority to make sure that the problem has been thoroughly identified and defined. Then they move to take action on solving the problem.
Conceptual-LinearIndividuals with high scores on both Conceptual and Linear will use their imagination to solve problems, yet their imaginative solutions will be pragmatic. They couple a desire to act quickly with an ability to be creative. Their creativity will have an underlying logic to it that they can explain fairly easily. Drawn to complex problems, they are confident enough in their abilities to start work without a clear-cut plan and make adjustments on the fly. Their creativity helps them solve problems quickly, but their tendency to plan on the run makes it difficult for others to follow their leaps of logic.
Concrete-GlobalIndividuals with high scores on Concrete and Global look to facts and logic to provide them a sense of comfort in their problem-solving. Nevertheless, these individuals are ready to take on large problems. Their inclination is to think they can solve big, sweeping problems in a short time. These individuals are good planners who will work hard to make sure their plan is carried through. The plan will need to have practical goals and objectives to meet one of the criteria important to this group of people. Often, the objectives will be expressed in a numerical fashion. Time spent on planning is seen as a wise investment. Concrete-Global people are inclined to test their plan more against its underlying logic than against reality.
Concrete-LinearIndividuals scoring high on both Concrete and Linear are practical and action-oriented. Their credo is, “Give us the facts and get out of our way!” These individuals see the use of logic and hard analysis as valuable and necessary. On the other hand, they are impatient with the planning process and often question its value. They are at their best when the problem to be fixed can be readily analyzed and contain an element of urgency. Objective and pragmatic, these individuals are not drawn to problems just because they are problems. The problems need to have practical results if solved.
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