opportunities arise — and be sure to refer others for opportunities that are not
right for you. Stay on top of the news in
your target industry/companies/loca-tions and nurture relevant contacts.
From the emotional perspective, it is
important to stay positive. You should
never complain about your current
company or your boss — it’s possible
to let people know you’re open to new
opportunities without saying negative
things about your current job, and bad-mouthing a previous boss will make a
new potential boss wonder when you’ll
start talking about them. Master the
art of demonstrating passion for your
current role while signaling a desire for
continuous growth. Remember that
the best platform for getting your next
job is success in your current role. The
pursuit of most opportunities will end
without leading to a new role, so don’t
forget about continuing to do great
work in your current role while treating
these attempts as learning experiences.
As you think about working through
this transition, be a serious candidate.
You should be able to be very clear as to
what elements are sufficient to interest
you in a different role and only consider
seriously the opportunities that have
at least some of those elements — reporting relationship, expansion of role,
managerial opportunity, size of the
company, attractive industry, etc. Ensure
that the people who are critical to a successful move are on board with the your
decided parameters. Specifically, you
should not pursue roles that involve relocation to a city that your partner hates,
for example. Think about other family
obligations — aging parents, children,
etc. — that could stop you from actually
making a move. Don’t waste the time of
recruiters or prospective employers if
you’re not serious about the opportunity.
When an opportunity does arise, be
responsive and honest. Do your home-
work on the company and the industry,
Where to start on your search for the
right coach? Ask friends for recommen-
dations, or seek out experts who could
offer reliable referrals. Do not worry too
much about whether the coach is local,
as coaching via phone or videoconfer-
ence is common and effective. Ensure
you read up on coaching FAQ’s on the
International Coach Federation website
( www.coachfederaiton.org) and use their
directory of certified coaches. In short,
do your research, your own diligence,
and find a coach bespoke for your needs.
Using your career transition, even
if it brings struggle and complexity
with it, as a springboard for success
The common theme we’ve highlighted
throughout this article is that, regard-
less of the type of career transition dis-
cussed, building a strategy for growing
and bringing visibility to your strengths
is a core competency for lawyers aspir-
ing to lead. That advice applies to the
traditional “success” of a promotion,
new job, or new project, just as it does
to the perceived “failure” of a reduction
in responsibilities. At all times, consider
how you can use the transition you are
facing or living as a springboard to the
next step in your leadership journey.
Parting direction with these many
types of transitions in mind? Bringing
grit and a growth mindset to navigating
those transitions is a baseline expectation for success. Moreover, you cannot
navigate detours alone. Resource
yourself appropriately, whether it be leveraging your network, personal board
of directors, mentors, and sponsors.
Don’t forget to look to outside experts,
like coaches, and leadership and business resources. Above all, be intentional
about your path through the transition,
building a strategy and matching it to
your development plan. And don’t forget to have fun along the way, making it
more frolic, and less detour. ACC
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ACC EXTRAS ON… Career transitions
Seamless Transitions: John Orta’s Tips for
Successfully Moving Between the Legal and
Business Worlds (Jan./Feb. 2017). www.
Q&A with the EIC: Ben Heineman on
Leadership in Times of Disruptive Change
When a Flower Doesn’t Bloom (Sept. 2016).
The Wizard Behind the Curtain: How to
Leverage Key Strategies to Fuel Your Path
to In-House Leadership (July/Aug. 2016).
Legal Department Integration – Soft Skills and
Relationship Development Demonstrating
Organizational Value-add (Oct. 2015).
The Complexities of Employment (June 2014).
ACC HAS MORE MATERIAL ON THIS SUBJECT ON OUR
WEBSITE. VISIT WWW.ACC.COM, WHERE YOU CAN
BROWSE OUR RESOURCES BY PRACTICE AREA OR
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