David has a technical degree and a technical post graduate qualification and works in a functional role for a large multi-national. David is well respected for his technical skills and contribution. In David’s online self-assessment, he aspired to build further capability in his Employment by continuing his Education & Personal Development. Specifically, David wants a role in operations leading people.
In our first coaching session, David’s plan was to return to university and complete additional study so that he might be considered for an operations role. We discussed the skills, competencies and benefits that his proposed study would bring. We also discussed the skills and competencies required to lead people and compared these to David’s current skills and experiences. David concluded that continuing to obtain additional qualifications was not necessarily the best path forward. Instead, David’s new plan is to talk with his site leadership team about obtaining more project work in operations where he can utilise his technical skills to add value and at the same time build his operational skills by having regular contact and exposure to seasoned operations leaders and their teams.