Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, it provides self-assessment tools to enable individuals to explore their personal passions, values, strengths and skills along with sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career.
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At an early age Halimah Bellows became aware of her natural ability to listen to people non-judgmentally as well as her desire to be of service to others. In her life as an educator, a career counselor and a coach, she has been able to marry her fascination with people’s stories with her deep interest in the world of work.
A Pacific Northwest and California-based career/coach for more than 20 years, Halimah Bellows holds an MA in English Language Teaching from the University of Exeter, an MS in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University and received training at The Coaches Training Institute and Retirement Options to become a Certified Retirement and Professional Coach. Author of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work and creator of CAREER QUEST CARDS, she is a seasoned workshop presenter, group facilitator and talk show guest.
In addition to assisting people through career transitions and supporting retirees to “retire with fire”, she also focusses on helping couples and business partnerships build powerful intentional relationships as well as empowering artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals to develop their business and achieve their dreams.
Generally, the most effective decision-making strategies are those that are considered safe strategies. When you analyze your options carefully and then decide which is the better alternative, this is called a “safe strategy.”
I like what I call a “combination strategy,” which involves using your intuition along with your analytical powers. By all means use your intuition. If something feels good, go for it. But there is also an analytical component where you do your homework by going to the library and the internet and going on informational interviews and asking questions about aspects of the job that are important to know.
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Even some of the strategies that are usually ineffective may be appropriate in certain situations. For example, the “delaying strategy” might be best if you really need more information and you have plenty of time to get it. Or if none of the available alternatives is very desirable you might take the “escape strategy” and choose the alternative that is most likely to avoid the worst possible result. And it could work. All decision-making strategies will work for you to some extent. But to make wise decisions you need to look at the combination of a little bit of this and a little bit of that, analyzing the options then feeling it intuitively and deciding what’s best for you.
Decision-making is a process—a process that can be so short as to be almost instantaneous or one that can so completely involve your thoughts as to lead to paralysis. The process presented here will enable you to select the appropriate strategy for various situations.
1. The first step is to recognize that a decision is necessary. Understanding the need for a decision and the time of that decision is a vital part of the process.