C’est La Rentree!
It’s La Rentree, the start of fall and the school year, a time for reflection and ‘re-entry’ into life. Lots of us think about our goals and where we are on our path at this time of year. Many of us are looking back at the year elapsed so far and asking “Have I stepped forward?”
As we work feverishly to build the Human Workplace design and collaboration engine, we’re also talking with job-seekers and reinventionists every day. Some of them want to talk to us about their goals for their personal Human Workplace and wondering aloud whether such a place exists. We know it does. We talk to energized and sparky working people every day – people who one day found the lift they needed to make the change that brought them closer to their power source. As a guy said to me on the phone the other day, “The weird thing is that the more often I started to tell the truth about little stuff, the easier it became to do that and the more I was able to start telling the truth about big stuff.” Now he is an IT exec at an enormous company. He says “Now they pay me to tell the truth, specifically.”
Finding out that you’re not the suit, but a person wearing a suit, is a huge self-discovery. We’re fascinated by this awakening process and eager to help our members and friends get closer to their own flames at work.
We are introducing four La Rentree offerings, new service bundles that we’re testing and therefore offering at the most reasonable prices we could put together. If there are other bundles that you’d like to see offered from us at some point, we’d love to hear that too! To talk with our Operations Manager, Michael, about any of these La Rentree services, please write to him at Michael@asklizryan.com.
Enjoy your re-entry!
LA RENTREE SPECIAL OFFERINGS
LinkedIn Profile Review:
What it does: Gives you concrete feedback on strengthening your LinkedIn profile.
Who could use it: Any job-seeker, job-holder, entrepreneur or student.
You’ll send us your LinkedIn profile url (like this, for example: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lizryan) and we’ll dig into it the same way we do when we review a resume. We’ll tell you whether your goals are clear, whether your stories and language support your brand direction, and how to strengthen your profile to bring out more of YOU.
A LinkedIn profile review is a great boost to your brand’s clarity and force, and most suitable when you know what you’d like to be when you grow up. This is not a great service for someone who isn’t clear on his or her direction, because you’d be wasting your money and time for us to write to you to say “It’s not clear what you want.”
A typical LinkedIn profile review commentary is about 800 words. The La Rentree cost for a LinkedIn profile review is $99. To learn more about that, please write to Michael at Michael@asklizryan.com.
One Thorny Issue: Individual
An email coaching service for the time when you’re ready to dig into one roadblock on your path (a/k/a Dear Abby for individuals in the Human Workplace process).
What it does: Gives you a place to start, ways to think about your issue and practical suggestions for untangling one vexing issue at work, at school, in your networking adventures or in your job search. (Examples: your resume isn’t getting responses; your boss is putting unreasonable demands on you; your networking meetings feel forced or you’re struggling to communicate effectively with a co-worker.)
Who could use it: Any working person, student, entrepreneur or job-seeker.
Our One Thorny Issue: Individual offering works this way. In an email back-and-forth correspondence, we’ll give you a clear perspective and action steps on one workplace, career, branding, or entrepreneurial business question. You’ll send us your up-to-word 400 question (which can have one sub-question embedded — the more we can focus on the key issue, the better the result) and we’ll answer it via email in a 600-to-800-word reply with at least three concrete steps we recommend that you take.
One Thorny Issue: Individual is a great program when your situation is easily describable in a few hundred words. It’s not a great program for someone who is in the middle of career reinvention and needs guidance with that. For us (or anyone) to help you get clearer on your brand and path, we need to know the whole story, along with lots of little stories, impressions, perspectives and the overall sense of you that we can only get in person or over the phone. So, One Thorny Issue doesn’t work when your issue is “I don’t know who I want to be.”
One Thorny Issue: Individual is a program designed for individuals and the issues they experience at work, on a job hunt or in school. (We also collaborate with people in management roles on leadership issues, through our One Thorny Issue: Leader offering, below.)
To talk with us about the One Thorny Issue: Individual service, please write to Michael@asklizryan.com
One Thorny Issue: Leader
People issues suck a manager’s mojo like nothing else. A kink in the energy throws off every other goal you were hoping to achieve. We will give you our Human Workplace take in writing on your 600-word description of a leadership issue you’re facing. We’ll make concrete suggestions on how to move the block in the energy and open the logjam.
What it Does: One Thorny Issue: Leader offers an external, Human-Workplace-flavored view of your vexing managerial problem and at least three concrete suggestions for surmounting it, via a one-time back-and-forth email correspondence with us.
What might some typical One Thorny Issue: Leader issues be?
- As a manager I struggle against an Us and Them mentality.
- Two of my team members cannot get along, and everyone else is caught in the middle.
- I’m breaking eggshells walking around my department right now.
- I don’t have raises to give out as much as I’d like to but I still ask a lot of my team. What now?
- The budget process is killing us and right after that is our annual review date. Help!
- I’m feeling caught in the middle between my team and my boss.
- One of my employees wants a title change and I’m not sure how to navigate that.
- I’m embroiled in a political issue with another manager and it’s painful.
Here’s How it Works: In a one-time email back-and-forth, you’ll describe in writing what’s going on, and we’ll give you our take, a sense of the energetic aspect of the situation, and at least three concrete suggestions for untangling the knot.
Cost for One Thorny Issue: Leader is $249. Turnaround time for One Thorny Issue: Leader queries is about three business days.
To learn more about or arrange any of these services, please write to Michael@asklizryan.com.
La Rentree is re-entry. Challenge yourself to taking another step on the path.