Invest in Yourself With Career Transition Coaching

If you could invest 8 hours and less than one day’s pay to set you on the path to your ideal career, would you do it?

Yes? Then you are ready to invest in career transition coaching. Transition coaching is not just for career changes. It helps you develop clarity in your current career and life.  It can help you to earn that promotion you deserve, define your path forward, establish better work/life balance, or make that change you are contemplating. 

Many professionals are following the career advice of others; family, friends, colleagues, or mentors. Why? Because they have not invested in themselves to create a clear vision of their future.

Differentiate yourself. Take the time to assess what is most important in your personal and professional life. Career Transition Coaching  provides the time and space to:

  • Develop clarity in defining your vision
  • Align your vision with what is most important to you
  • Embark on the journey to realize your vision

Contact me for a complementary consultation and get started on building your ideal future.



Career Change

What if you had clarity about where you are going with your next career transition and why? What would the impact on your life be if your home and work lives were in balance, your current position capitalized on your strengths, and your career path was fulfilling your values and life purpose? That is the goal of transition coaching, to assist you with your career change.

I want to help you get on that path by introducing you to transitions coaching. Your first question probably is: What does transition coaching look like? I will give you the general framework I use to guide my transition coaching. However, every engagement is unique and tailored to meet your specific needs.

My Transition Coaching Process

As a formally trained professional coach I provide support, encouragement, perspective, strategies and accountability to support you in achieving your desired results. I provide the coaching, and you do the work. My process is built on the well-researched scientific foundation of Intentional Change Theory. You will start by defining and discovering your “ideal self” and future situation. That definition will intentionally drive your transition to your new career or position. This process is not about resumes and networking, it is about you discovering what would be ideal for you based on your strengths, values, and what is important in your life.

For maximum growth the recommended engagement time is six months with coaching sessions every 2-3 weeks. Some engagements may be shorter, however shorter engagements may limit the overall success. My minimum engagement for transition coaching is four sessions. A typical six-month engagement for transition coaching looks like this:

Session 1

A two-hour session. We set the agreement for the engagement, establish the relationship, explore your strengths, focus areas, and overall goals. Generally sessions after the first are for one-hour unless you would like longer sessions

Session 2

We will focus on the vision you have for an ideal transition. Working through a process you will define your vision for an ideal transition. In this session values and life mission or purpose are explored.

Session 3

We build on session two and we will continue to gather more data. That data may be self-assessments or self-reflective exercises. The goal is for you to build your self-awareness and take inventory of your strengths and gaps compared to your ideal vision. Relationships that will provide support, help, and encouragement throughout the process will also be explored. Using the acquired data a learning agenda is built to set the path to pursue your vision.

Session 4 & Beyond

Consist of working through the learning agenda; setting goals, taking action, experimenting, developing new behaviors, evaluating successes and making adjustments as needed to achieve the vision. Values, strengths and progress towards your vision will be constantly revisited and assessed. Health, self-care, balance, and family life are integrated into the process.

The Final Session

This is where the engagement is extended or closed and plans for next steps are put into place to ensure continued growth towards your ultimate vision.

The Result

The result is clarity about where you are going with your transition and why. You will have also developed a plan to take charge of putting your home and work lives are in balance, finding a position that capitalizes on your strengths, and determine a career track with the potential to fulfill your values and life purpose.

Want to learn more? Contact Gary Slyman at Great Transitions Strategies at:

The best performers in every field have a coach to optimize their performance. Why don’t you?

If you want to accelerate your professional growth or the growth of your organization/startup/business stop by our office hours for a free 30 minutes coaching session. Explore any area of your life or business you want to improve or just experience what coaching is and what it can do for you.

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You will meet with Gary Slyman a professional coach, leadership educator, and trainer. His focus is to empower you to transition to the next level of performance by developing your leadership capacity. For more information go to: or contact him directly at:

Leadership Coaching Workshop: The Gift of You as A More Capable Leader for 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, Dupont Circle, 10th Floor Conference Room 10I

1875 Connecticut Ave, Washington DC

If you could do ONE thing to make yourself stand out as a professional would you do it?

Come grab your morning coffee and join Professional Coach Gary Slyman for a free interactive workshop to begin accelerating your growth as a leader. The two goals of the workshop are:

  • To help you build the vision of the leader you want to be
  • To help you assess your current leadership capabilities

This workshop will bring the benefits of thoughtful introspection, increased self-awareness, and the foundation for your leadership development journey, for 2017.

Program Schedule   9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Check in and grab a cup of Joe

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Presentation

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Q&A and Wrap up

If you could do just ONE thing to improve yourself at work and at home would you do it?

Well there is one thing you can do: invest in yourself by hiring a professional coach. You will benefit from a partner wholly focused on empowering you to be the person you want to be. Your coach will assist you in assessing and understanding your full capabilities and work with you to set and attain your goals.
To learn more go to and set up an appointment for a complementary coaching session to experience the power coaching can have on your life.

Leadership is not a popularity contest it is about accomplishing the mission.

You clearly articulate your expectations, you set the standard, and you set the example for performance. Frankly, you don’t care what they think of you because you are leading them where they need to go.

Should you be concerned about what your subordinates think and say about your leadership?

Does your subordinates opinion of your leadership have an impact on their effectiveness?

Does your subordinates opinion of your leadership have an impact on your effectiveness as a leader?

Does your opinion of your boss’ leadership impact your effectiveness?

How do good performers become great performers and continue to improve?

Did you ever look at those high performers around you and wonder “…how did he/she get so good and what is he/she doing to keep getting better?” Is it talent, hard work, or a combination? How can you become one of those great performers and continually improve?

The book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000-hour rule, as the threshold of hours of practice it takes to achieve expertise. He coupled the 10,000-hour rule with talent and circumstances. His argument is that talent alone does not account for success.

However, on the practice front it is more then just 10,000 hours of experience or practice. Dr. K. Anders Ericsson a leading researcher of expert performance found that performance improvement in aspiring experts comes from “…deliberate practice – activities designed, typically by a teacher for the sole purpose of effectively improving specific aspects of an individuals performance.” [1]

Deliberate practice has three main elements. First it requires time, energy, and access to teachers, materials, and facilities. Second, the practice is not always motivating, however the individual knows it is essential to improving their performance. Lastly, deliberate practice requires significant effort and can only be sustained for limited time each day. [2] His research was with individual experts in the fields of arts, sciences, and sports.

Additional support from the science community on how to make intentional and desired changes sustainable, comes from intentional change theory. Dr. Richard Boyatzis, a prominent researcher on change theory describes it as an iterative cycle of 5 discoveries that produce the change. While in the process you discover:

  • Your ideal self and a personal vision – who do I want to be?
  • Your real self – who am I? My strengths and my weaknesses – where are my real self and ideal self similar and different.
  • Your learning agenda – building my strengths and reducing my gaps.
  • Experimentation – new behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Practicing – building new habits through practicing to mastery.
  • Resonant relationships to help support and encourage each step in the process.[3]

So how do the good become great and continue to improve. An analysis of one of those individuals will probably reveal something such as this: they set a vision, develop a plan, engage in deliberate practice, and develop resonant relationship to support them. One of those relationships is very likely a coach.

Successful athletes or artists; team members or individuals who are world-class performers all depend on coaches to reach the highest level of performance. They know they cannot do it alone. Leaders in corporations, education, and non-profits are beginning to follow the same path. They are using coaches to assist them in unlocking their full potential and continue to grow. They help make good performers – great performers.

Examine the below list and see which describes you. In each area the individuals are high performers with a desire to improve and attain a vision.

I am a Leader

I have always gravitated to leadership positions and love the challenges of leading my team. I want to ensure I am always growing as a leader, gaining new skills and getting ready for the next level.

I am a Hard Working Professional With Big Plans and Goals

I am dedicated to my professional growth. I have made steady progress in my field and am recognized as being in the top group of my peers. I want to understand some of the choices I have in front of me, set the path for my career, and continue to grow as a professional

I am a Veteran Transitioning to the Civilian Workforce

I am leaving the military after a successful career and want to make a smooth transition. I am told I have a lot of options but feel like I am just looking at job postings. I want to transition into a field that will allow me to use my talents and make a difference.

I am Transitioning – Geographic Relocation, Promotion, New Job

I am very excited about this upcoming move it is going to be great. This is just what I was working for. Now I just need to make sure I make the most out of this opportunity.

I am an Executive Leading My Corporation/Nonprofit to be the Best in Our Field

I love running this organization, we have a solid vision and have made steady progress in growing and fulfilling our mission. I want to take us to the next level to put us at the top of our field.

I am an Individual Who Wants to Get the Most Out of My Strengths and Talents

I am very happy with my family life and my career. I want to continue to grow and make a difference. How can I make the most of my skills and talents to have a greater impact in my work or other activities?

I am a Student Designing My Future

I love being a student, particularly exploring all of the opportunities I have available to me. There are so many choices such as; summer programs, study abroad, electives, internships, and student organizations. How can I get the most out of my time at school so I am well prepared for what is next.

I am a Member/Leader of a Successful Team

As a team we all work well together and have done well with meeting all of our requirements. How can we improve our performance to make us the top performers in the company?

If you see yourself in one of the descriptions and have the desire to make deliberate and sustainable changes, consider a coach. Great Transitions Strategies works with high performing individuals and teams to reach the next level of performance. The coaching relationship is built around an in-depth partnership that enables you to set a path of continual progress. Your coach will assist you in defining your vision, and then empower you to discover and utilize your strengths and talents to achieve that vision. Visit and make an appointment for an introductory coaching session.

[1] Ericsson, K. Anders. “Expertise”. N.p., 2000. Web. 16 May 2016.

[2] Ericsson, K. Anders, Ralf T. Krampe, and Clemens Tesch-Römer. “The Role Of Deliberate Practice In The Acquisition Of Expert Performance.”. Psychological Review 100.3 (1993): 363-406. Web.

[3] Boyatzis, Richard E. “An Overview Of Intentional Change From A Complexity Perspective”. Journal of Mgmt Development 25.7 (2006): 607-623. Web.