Career Do Over – Redux

On August 1, 2012, in Blog, Leadership Career Success, by Christine Glasco

Last week, I published: When You Need a Career Do Over – Upgrade Your Networking Conversations. This article focused on the best networking approaches to positively impact your leadership career effectiveness and to smooth your entrée to new career opportunities.

But that’s only part of the story.

If you need a career do over, why not take a page out of Stacy London’s and Clinton Kelly’s playbook showcased on the TLC program: What Not to Wear. If you have watched even a partial episode of this popular show, you have heard their dictates for female and male makeover guests.  Here’s my interpretation of their directives:

  • Accentuate the positive
  • Change the way you look at the negatives and make them work for you
  • Look at what you have [your current wardrobe] with a critical eye, ‘prune’ and discard what doesn’t work and find new ways to utilize old favorites
  • Embrace your form and function; realize that you are unique
  • Approach your audience with confidence

If you want to execute a career do over, these are great tenets to follow.  But you will also need a framework to help you through the decision making process.  In the show, makeover guests receive the rules and then they must go shopping and make wardrobe decisions on their own.

Inevitably, the makeover guests revert to their ingrained, comfortable shopping habits – and they make purchases that do not enhance a new self-vision.  After the commercial break, Stacy and Clinton come to the rescue and help the guest make better wardrobe choices.  During the final minutes of the show, the makeover guests ‘strut their stuff’ on a short runway and are re-introduced to their family and friends.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if you had Stacy and Clinton to assist you in a makeover?  Unfortunately they are busy with guests who haven’t bought new clothes since the 1970s.

However, I am available to help you execute a career do over.  Here are my tips and recommendations to further your leadership career success:

A question for you to consider:

Do you need a career do over?  If you need help in orchestrating your career do over,   contact me at:


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Christine M. Glasco, Career Coach – consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management, career transition and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!   Website:   Email:  Phone:  1.940.367.0837

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2 Responses to Career Do Over – Redux

  1. This is a great site over here. I think I’ll visit your website more if you post more of this kind of specific information. Thanks a lot for posting this information.

  2. Thanks for the reply. Yes, I firmly believe in managing your career for maximum growth.

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