This is a hot topic amongst my clients and people that come around asking me about career planning and here’s a question for you:
Do you feel stuck or paralyzed in your career?
You may be in your comfort zone and not know how to get out of it. Maybe you’re just entering the job market and you don’t know where to start because your parents told you that you had to study, find a job, and then you wouldn’t have to plan anything because companies have career plans. Indeed it used to be like that, but things are becoming different and will keep changing even more rapidly.
I'm considered to be a resourceful person because others recognize myself as a courageous person, and courageous is a quality of resourcefulness. So I was wondering why people think I’m courageous. I realized that I'm a natural strategist, so what people identify as my trait of being brave and courageous, to me is nothing special. I...
Have you ever felt you’re not enough prepared for applying for a job? Or maybe felt inadequate in the workplace?
You may have experienced the Impostor Syndrome. It’s a state of self-doubt that we all feel at some point, but which can paralyze our next steps and progress.
According to this article from the Harvard Business Review, the Impostor Syndrome is a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persists despite evident success. Impostors suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence. They think they're a fraud or not enough, self-doubting themselves all the time, unable to internalize their accomplishment; however successful they are in their field.
The Impostor Syndrome is common for achievers, those who get everything they want and are never happy. It can also happen with people doing a career change or moving away to a different country and do...
Believe me or not, most of the unhappiness found at work derives from a lousy salary negotiation in the beginning when you are still a candidate. After so many tests, interviews, assessments, and case-solving during the hiring process, the candidate’s anxiety levels are up to the top, so basically, it's not a surprise that after receiving an offer, the candidate tends to accept it immediately just as it is, without negotiating anything.
I have worked in the finance department for several companies. Let me tell you something. Most large companies have budgets, which means they have ranges for hiring people and usually go for the lower range when making an offer. That's why you have to negotiate, because it may be the case that they are offering you their minimum possible. You don't know, so you accept it. After you join the company, you realize that your colleagues are less qualified or less experienced and earn a little more than you. That is when things start to...
This is such a great matter and truly the biggest concern of a career change, especially at the middle-life, which is more or less my current case. My answer is based on 2 pillars: financial planning and purpose.
Since early childhood, I was taught how to deal with money. My parents had a good economic status, but we were not rich. My father was an executive of a multinational and used to do a monthly family meeting. During those meetings, he would address our balance sheet, cash flow, and even some kind of capital expenditure plan. I remember very well the lessons he and my mother gave me and my sister every time we wanted something. They had a growth mindset and were extremely focused on achieving their dreams.
The first time I had to deal with a budget was at the age of 9. My sister and I went to Disney World in Florida - it was an international journey since we lived in Brazil at that time. We got a 2,000 dollar budget to...
I know many of you out there dream about an international career. You probably feel there is a big world to explore, and your life right now is not exactly what you wished for yourself and your family.
I truly believe that an international career comes together with a growth mindset. You have to believe you’re capable of learning and adapting to different cultures and work realities. And I guarantee you, that is not as easy as it may sound.
A fundamental thing you must consider learning is a new language. There is no shortcut here, effectively learning a second or third language will make your life easier in an international company, as well as in terms of your career path development.
Another point to consider is your employer. If you are right now in a small family business, but your dream is big, you should start creating a strategy for changing your job. And by that, I mean with or without your current...
Unfortunately, personal finance is not a subject taught at school. It means that it’s absolutely normal to struggle with money issues as an adult. When it comes to your career development, not being able to properly manage your personal finance can actually be the ultimate block that is preventing you from progressing in your career.
If you are climbing the corporate ladder right now, it’s very likely that your income is coming from your salary. If you’re more advanced, it means that you may have also some investments, probably thinking forward about your retirement or emergency funds.
But let’s assume that your one and only source of income is your corporate salary. And how to maximize your income?
I will introduce you to another financial concept before addressing this question. You must understand the meaning of earnings. Earnings are the result of income minus expenditure. This is not rocket science, this is a very basic Mathematic calculation....
Throughout my corporate life, I had 16 direct managers or directors. I lived between hell and heaven with them.
To be honest, only 2 out of those 16 I recall as the best leaders. When I think about them and what they had that made them such great leaders are skills and characteristics that can definitely be learned and practiced.
Check out some of them:
It takes time and results to build trust. Good leaders tell exactly their expectations about someone’s work and give freedom and autonomy when needed to those prepared for that. They know their teams very well and can easily decide who needs more supervision than others. They prepare teams to succession, expose their results, and help them correct mistakes and make it better the next time.
Good leaders are not afraid of being replaced. They are eager to find well-prepared professionals who will enable them to achieve targets and get the work done. They nominate...