Green Planning and Coaching

    Regardless of what happens each year, turning the calendar on January 1 brings renewed hope and high expectations of results in the year to come, and the earlier you start planning for it the better. Q4/Q1 are the most typical times to update strategies, as most organizations do budgeting and allocate resources then... and who gets those resources? Usually those with the most compelling plans.

    Whether you represent a for profit business, a nonprofit, a college or university, an entrepreneurial startup, a team of sales professionals, a sustainability initiative or your own career, if you don't have a written plan, start developing one NOW for success and sustainability. It can enable you to achieve the future you want and deserve.

    If you are not sure of your direction or of the mechanics of planning I am happy to help. Click on the "Sign Up Today" button to the right of this post to receive my FREE “FLOUNDERING TO FOCUSED” weekly email tips, call me at 413-243-8008 or email me at I can provide a complementary ½ hour telephone planning/coaching session to kick start your future by design rather than default.


    Changing Careers is always tough but it is even tougher in this weak economy. If you are in a job that is no longer exciting or challenging or rewarding you may feel that you just need to make a change. If you are currently unemployed you may have a short runway before your time and money runs out. In either case a professional coach could help you make faster progress with less anxiety. Here are 6 ways that a professional coach might help in your transition.

    1) VISION The best way to start thinking about a transition is to visualize where you want to end up in the future. A career coach can help you define and articulate that vision so that every step you take will be in a direct line between where you are today and where you want to end up. And coaching provides a unique “safe harbor” during the process because the only interest a coach has is your best interest and everything you say is with full confidentiality.

    2) TRANSFERABLE SKILLSIf you are changing industries you will need to demonstrate that your core skill sets are transferable. Many candidates have been dislocated in this great recession and have not just lost their jobs but their careers. Casualties from the financial sector would be an example. Demonstrating that your core competencies can deliver value in the new sector is key to a successful crossover and a seasoned career coach can assist you in that effort.

    3) DECISION MAKING . Job seekers often have so many ideas in their heads and so many emotions that it is tough to distill them down and make objective choices. An experienced coach has tips and proven tools and techniques to make that process easier. That keeps you moving forward. In these economic times, the first decision to investigate is if there is any opportunity within your existing company or an associated division that would re-energize you and keep the transition internal and low risk. Coaching can also provide value once you are set in your new position, helping you to think through new decisions with a seasoned professional in your corner.

    4) NETWORKING . Hiring decisions are often made before the job posting ever hits the street so networked connections can be a valuable vehicle in finding an opening. Networking is a skill that can be learned and good coaches can offer guidance on the process.

    5) RESUME DEVELOPMENT. We have extensive business experience and know which resumes WE would put in the "follow up" pile. They are the ones that combine research on the goals of the hiring company with the value that you can bring to help achieve them. Too many resumes focus on all the things that the candidate has done, without quantifying the impact that those tasks delivered for the company. A career coach can help you see the difference.

    6) CONTRACT NEGOTIATION . Negotiating contract details is a sensitive issue but making sure that commitments are in writing and gaining approvals for small add-ons are possible and advantageous. Career coaches with experience in hiring can be a valuable resource in this area.

    Hopefully these points will help you determine if engaging a professional coach would be valuable in YOUR transition.



    Q-1 2016

    February 3

    Bill Bean will be delivering a presentation on "Your Strategic Job Search" for the UMass Amherst Alumni Association in Springfield MA.

    Participants will learn: • How to define their opportunities in the market place • How to create a bearing point to head towards for the future • How to create a simple entrepreneurial pitch deck for prospective investors on your business idea

    We hope to see you there.

    Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square, 1500 Main Street Springfield, MA 01115, 413.788.6277

    February 10-12 & 22-24

    Bill Bean will be in Tampa and other Southwestern FL locations visiting clients and developing new business.

    If you are in the area and are interested in talking about strategic business planning or career coaching opportunities please contact me directly at

    March 1 - June 30

    Bill Bean will be conducting Phase II of a strategic planning engagement with UMass Amherst on their 3-year plan for the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), the largest College in the University.

    He will be in Amherst regularly during that 3-month period so please contact us if you are in the area and would like to set up a meeting.

    June 1-15

    Bill Bean will in the Tampa FL area working with clients and developing new business.

    If you would like to schedule a complementary coaching session during that time please contact us at 413-243-8008 or

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Green Planning and Coaching