By Gary Cohen
on June 29th, 2012
1st Page of Three Circles of Professional Development Worksheet
Discover Your Hedgehog
My former business partner, Rick Diamond, created a great tool to help people discover their optimal path and career goal. He took Jim Collins’ Venn diagram for the Hedgehog Concept for business success and applied it to an individual’s career search. Collins’ diagram has three circles: “What are you deeply passionate about?” “What drives your economic engine?” and “What can you be the best in the world at?” Where all three circles intersect lies the Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
Rick’s worksheet starts with those same questions, but with another goal in mind–finding the right job for you. He provides lots of helpful exercises to help draw out your individual strengths and sources of motivation. The end result is a very specific and individually tailored career goal.
Check out Rick’s Three Circles of Professional Development. You will find it quite helpful for creating clarity. Also check out Collins’ suggestions for how to find your own personal hedgehog, which involves doing some similar sorts of personal inventory then presenting your findings to your mentors.
Career Move Mindset (Part 1)
Three Steps to Discover Your Values (Part 2)
Discover Your Strengths (Part 3)
Assess Your Leadership Style (Part 4)
Discover Your Hedgehog (Part 5)
Activate Your Goal (Part 6)
Resume Recommendations (Part 7)
Creating a Personal Marketing Plan (Part
An Avatar Is Worth a 1,000 Words (Part 9)
Resumes & the Art of Storytelling (Part 10)
Work to Do Before You Network (Part 11)
Boost Your Savvy via LinkedIn (Part 12)
Put Facebook to Work (Part 13)
Increase Your Klout Score (Part 14)
4 Informational Interviewing Tips (Part 15)
Create a Personal Brand (Part 16)
4 Ways to Improve Your References (Part 17)
4 Tips for Working with Search Firms (Part 18)
What’s Your Next and Best Career?
10 Steps to Make Changes Stick
About the Author
Gary Cohen is a highly-skilled Executive Coach, Leadership Author, Trainer, and International Keynote Speaker. His clients range from entrepreneurial CEOs of the nation’s fastest-growing companies to executives of global 100 companies. He differentiates himself from traditional (psycho/therapeutic) executive coaches by bringing a vast amount of business experience as a former Founder / President of one the Nation’s Fastest growing companies. He is the author of Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions (McGraw Hill). Gary B. Cohen Full Bio