Manager making career decisions
I was asked by a member of the leadership team of a large organisation to coach a manager in her team who had handed in his resignation.
She accepted that she was offering the manager career support a bit later than would have been ideal, but felt he could well be making the wrong career decision. She was also keen to do what she could to retain him in the organisation.
I contracted with both parties, agreeing that the content of the sessions would remain confidential between the manager and myself. I also ensured that both parties knew my role was to coach, not to achieve the resignation being withdrawn. I used an accelerated version of SIMA, over a period of one week. SIMA uses an interview technique to build a picture of a person’s motivations. In particular it focuses on the person’s pattern of success and how they achieve it.
In this case the SIMA programme resulted in the manager identifying a variety of reasons why the new job he’d accepted was unlikely to provide him with a satisfactory next career step.
Having withdrawn his resignation I worked with him over a period of three months to devise alterations to his current role, a short and medium term career plan and to evaluate a series of internal opportunities for his next career move.