One of my clients named my coaching practice for me, saying: "With you, it's not just about my next job. It's about my next act."
He nailed it. You've probably already enjoyed some significant career success. But, does the idea of doing the same thing for years to come appeal to you?
No? Then you might be the kind of client I like to work with, and here's my philosophy: unless you've got inherited wealth, your work is foundational.
Beyond that, what do you want the next act of your life to look like? For me, it's thrilling to collaborate with clients as they figure it out, and make it happen. If you already know what you want next, and every step between where you are and there, cool. Go get it. You don't need me.
Still reading? Then maybe you do need me. I coach professionals who are career transitioning — sometimes because of job loss; and sometimes because they just want and need to.
I’m thrilled that recent clients have been so successful:
1. Got a VP job offer in NYC after two years of working freelance.
2. Started his own business, with initial billings above his old salary.
3. Decided to keep his job, and got an old and draining financial commitment (an underwater condo) off his back.
As a coach, I speak a lot of professional languages, because I’ve done a lot of things:
Academia — on staff at Columbia; on faculty at NYU (teaching graduate writing seminars for international students).
Government / Politics — Congressional Press Secretary, grassroots legislative campaigns.
Healthcare — clients included amFAR, AMA, Glaxo SmithKline, New York Blood Center, and Sanofi Pasteur.
International Business — along with teaching offshore students, I co-wrote “Never Try to Drink a Chinese Woman Under the Table,” which was honored as one of the best business books of the year.
Law — Communications Director at Columbia Law School, then recruited to serve in a similar capacity at Skadden Arps (NYC’s largest law firm).
PR / Public Affairs — SVP at Cooney Waters Unlimited in NYC.
Publishing — author of 3 books: a legal thriller, a business how-to, and a photo book on the wonders of rescue dogs (especially my own).
Television / Journalism — KPIX (San Francisco), WISN (Milwaukee), WMTV (Madison), Hearst TV’s “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” .... and those journalism skills allow me to quickly translate the languages of other sectors (notably tech and finance), and help you define your message — I’ve done lots of media and presentation skills training.
Intermission is almost over; it’s time to start planning your next act. Contact me to discover how get on track — and even have some fun along the way!
J.D. "Jim" Fox
Certified by and a Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Contact me at: JFox@nextactcoaching.net
Or, for a probably faster response, contact my assistant C.J.: CJennings@nextactcoaching.net
The dogs? My rescue dog, Sam, with some friends, just because dogs bring joy. You deserve more of it.