The events surrounding Covid-19 may have caused you to think differently about what is important. You now want to focus on your passions and the actions that will help you reach your goals. This may mean a drastic change in your career aspirations. You might need career coaching now more than ever before to help you navigate this unsettling time.
Maybe you are motivated to get into management.
Maybe you want to change industries.
Maybe you want to go off on your own to start a new venture.
If you are one of the ones that have been thinking about starting your own business, you are breaking into "startup" territory. It can be challenging, and a career transition coach can help you understand what it takes to be successful and the pitfalls that can occur.
If you are lucky, you found someone just as passionate as you about launching your new venture. An optimistic partnership begins where you want to invest all of your time and energy to make it work. How you do it successfully, however, becomes the tricky part.
You are an extrovert. She is an introvert.
You were a manager. Now you need to navigate working with a peer.
No longer do you have someone dictating the company culture. It is now up to you to set that up with your partner. What should the rules and rituals of your working relationship be?
A career coach knows what is takes. By listening to others and through experiences of our own, we have put together 7 career coaching strategies that can help ease the learning curve in business partnerships.
1. Get to know each other. Really know each other.
Invest the time up front to really understand each other’s style and then respect that style. Your authentic style has made each of you successful up to this point. Make sure you include pressures outside of the business relationship that may have an impact on how you work together. Is one of you also balancing childcare or elder care? Is one of you training for a marathon? Will this be your night job for a while as a day job is still needed to pay the bills?
2. Respect unique styles and strengths. Openly discuss them.
This relates to both the personality and skill set of each partner. Openly discuss the qualities that will drive different parts of the business. This includes not only someone’s strengths, but preferences as well. Perhaps one is a better writer and the other is more of an engineer. Divide and conquer as a team to accelerate business performance. If something needs to change, be specific about it and explain why it needs to be different.