“I think we are good.” I said to Terri. We had a wonderful initial meeting. We both fully believed that the new career direction we discussed was well suited for her and that the strategy we decided upon would be effective.
My focus in creating Career Counseling Connecticut was to provide highly dynamic life changing meetings for my clients. With all my work – starting with The Learning Consultants – my fanaticism for client happiness also included my view to minimize costs. For that reason, I start with the premise that I can solve someone’s career issue in 1 meeting. This is exactly contrary to the majority of career counselors in Connecticut and elsewhere who seek package arrangements for clients (multiple meetings needed). My sense is that if we figure out the proper career direction and career strategy my career counseling clients can handle from there.
In the last couple of years, I’ve reconsidered that thought. I realize that my desire to be cost-efficient on behalf of my clients also stems from my own work ethic. I don’t need to be accountable to others- for the most part – to get things done. I didn’t realize how unusual this trait was until I read Gretchen Rubin’s book on habits. She notes that “Upholders” – those who meet expectations internally and externally – are very rare.
Back to the meeting, Terri said: “I appreciate your efforts to conserve my budget. But my career is too important to leave to my own devices! I need you to be accountable.” We set up our next career couseling meeting.