This is what we call traversing careers as opposed to managing A career.
Here are three lessons we have learned from these careers masters: traverse with your edge, master affiliation needs, and traverse between provincial/cosmopolitan knowledge:
LESSON #1: TRAVERSE WITH YOUR EDGE:
In traversing on skis, you lead with your ski edge. Your edge gives you maneuverability. In career traversing you lead with your skills edge. Your edge gives you maneuverability through different terrain. James is an example of one of our 50 executives:
After receiving his MBA from Columbia University, James went into banking. Various assignments at Mellon Bank and Bank of America eventually led to Jamesâ€?being hired as President/CEO of an Oregon bank. In 1990, Jamesâ€?bank was acquired and he was without employment, so James created a one-person consulting firm, whose initial focus was on what James called â€ścredit dependent companies.â€?Using his personal relationships with West Coast bank presidents, James was able to negotiate settlements so that both sides could have something of value.
By 1994, the recession had lifted, and one of Jamesâ€?clients came to him for consulting assistance. One consulting opportunity led to an offer to become Chief Operating Officer. His assignment was to double the size of this medical products distribution company and then sell the company to a national player in the industry during a time when rollups were attractive IPOs.
This assignment was completed within eighteen months. Once again James opened his consulting practice. One of his clients was a nonprofit organization. This consulting assignment brought him exposure to new areas like fund raising and working with agencies in Washington, DC. This assignment was completed after two years. The contacts James developed brought him to the notice of a Board member of a non-profit company in his town. James was offered the position of Chief Executive Officer for an Oregon human services organization with a budget of $265 Million and its impact is felt state wide.