Principal Consultant, Career OverDrive!
Who do I find to be among my most appreciative clients?
Well, I've noticed that for the individual career or executive coaching clients (as opposed to group-based skills training), the most appreciative clients (based on the feedback as well as unexpected gifts and dinners I've received) fall into broad two categories.
1. The Long-term Unemployed and the Chronically Underemployed.
These are clients who often have all but given up hope or who feel that their lives and careers are now on a depressingly difficult linear path.
I find that there's nothing like working to assess their situations, take a skills inventory, develop a gap analysis and then tear down and rebuild them from the ground up, equipping them to not just land "suitable employment" but to land a job that puts them back in the "race" or to where they were supposed to be before they hit difficult times.
2. The Victims or Targets of Office Bullying and Office Politics.
There's two aspects to this.
One aspect is helping the victim to carve out some breathing room as well as develop the ability to maintain their job/income/paycheck while considering options and an action plan. This may be to keep their job and undone the work of the bully, transfer out to a new group or division or move on to a new company.
The second aspect, and I must say my favorite aspect, is working with a client to efficiently and effectively take out the office bully or politicker. This often entails setting snares, traps and/or pitfalls whereby the bully or politicker is hanged by their own petard.
This most often resolves itself when. using the proper techniques and methods, the bully or politicker has their actions exposed and/or reputation ruined (due to their own actions). In other cases, we'll see the bully or politicker fired or, of their own accord, they will see that there is no future and promptly leave of their own accord.
I have had great success with this across industries from high-tech, startups, pharma, medical devices, banking, insurance, commercial real estate brokeragess to fashion and luxury goods as well as across countries and cultures from the US (north, south, east, west), Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, England, Germany, France and beyond.
The greatest feeling of all of this is to enable and empower the "good guys" to win, effortlessly and completely.
After all, shouldn't the good guys win once?