Take control of your career and discover your true potential. With our powerful tools and personalized coaching, you’ll gain the clarity and confidence to reach your goals.
Signs your career path isn’t working…
You feel stuck in your career
You have doubts your current path will lead to a satisfying career
You feel undervalued, unappreciated or like you’re leaving too many of your skills unused
You are unsure of how to transition to a path that brings you joy and fulfillment
Your career is like a garden – without careful nurturing and development, it’s unlikely to flourish and bring you the excitement and purpose you seek.
Take control of your career
Career CrossRoads – a comprehensive career development program designed specifically for small business owners like you.
Uncover your strengths & weaknesses, and learn how to use these to your advantage
Discover your unique motivators and how to stay energized and engaged in your work
Discover your unique motivators and how to stay energized and engaged in your work
Get personalized coaching to gain further insights and identify practical steps for moving forward
What we do
Alignment – We believe that the key to finding career success is aligning to a deep understanding of yourself, and we’ve got just what you need to do this.
Direction – using a visualisation, you set a clear direction for your future to help you navigate the decisions ahead.
Motivational Maps® – helps you discover what you need from your work to stay energized and motivated
DISC – helps you understand how you are influenced best, and how you best influence others.
Strengths (and weaknesses) – done through a new lens, helps to really understand what makes you special so you can lean into it fully.
Stepping stones – helps use layout a flexible career plan to a future that excites you,
How we do it
Videos – short, focused videos get you digging deep into your own thoughts and experiences.
Workbook – complimenting the videos, is structured to help you step through and record your thoughts.
Third-party insight – two online questionnaires and a strengths survey provides you with external insight and perspectives. This includes providing personalised personality reports for Motivational Maps® and DISC.
Coaching – when you are ready for it, we take your reflections and third-party insights to a whole new level with 3x 1:1 coaching calls (delivered over Zoom).
Career CrossRoads – what others say
Having worked with Mike a couple of times before, I asked him for some coaching when I hit a block with my business. I was feeling uninspired and not sure what I wanted to do – I was ready for a complete change.
The Career Crossroads was invaluable. The DISC and workbooks allowed me to really dig into what was important to me (and crucially, what wasn’t) and reflect on how I could use my skills in a new way.
Having the coaching sessions as well meant I could talk through my thoughts and fears in a safe, supportive environment.
Mike is patient and kind and helps you to come to your own conclusions with some external input and common sense to improve them. I was also able to benefit from Liz’s expertise, too.
At the end of the programme I gave myself time to process everything and come up with a plan and a new way forward, which I shared with Mike for his feedback.
Since then, I’ve spoken to a lot of people about my new plans, and their enthusiasm shows me I’m on the right track. Now I just need to implement it!
Hi, I’m Mike…
We all have different strengths, and mine is that I’m great at helping small business owners (like you) to see and explore opportunities to evolve their unique businesses.
Together, in the Cole Collective, we’re encouraging each other to make consistent, sustainable progress towards our own ideal businesses. There are no pre-conceived ideas about what you ‘should’ do or ‘six-figure models’ to shoehorn your business into.
I bring my coaching skills to help create a calm, supportive space so that we can learn from each other, and then make the right decisions for ourselves.
I’m an ICF-accredited coach, which means I’ve had a lot of training and experience at helping people explore their unique situation, gain new insight and take positive action. You can read more about me here.
Ready to take control of your career?
Discover your true potential and get in control of your career. Sign up for Career CrossRoads today and start your journey to an exciting future. With our powerful tools and personalized coaching, you’ll gain the clarity and confidence you need to reach your goals. Don’t wait – start your journey to career success today.
What do you mean by career (for a freelancer / small business owner)?
Career refers to your long-term professional development and trajectory. A career often encompasses multiple roles, jobs, even businesses. It is built over time through a series of steps and achievements. Unlike work or business, a career is focused on the individual’s long-term goals and aspirations.
In our Career CrossRoads program, we focus specifically on helping small business owners and freelancers develop their careers by gaining a deeper understanding of their strengths, motivators, and goals, and by creating a clear plan for their professional development.
What's the running order / structure of the programme?
Career CrossRoads is broken down into five main sections:
- Stepping into the future – a visualisation exercise to define your longer term goals
- Motivational Maps – digging into your sensitivities to different motivational drivers, and understand how to use this to your advantage,
- DISC – digging into your personality type: how this can effects you and others around you,
- Strengths and Weaknesses – to deeply understand what makes you special, and shape your work to maximise this
- Stepping Stones – designing a path towards your longer-term goals
The coaching sessions can be used at any point, although I recommend using them after sections 3, 4 and 5.
How long does the programme last?
This is a self-paced programme, so that’s up to you. The coaching sessions can be used when you are ready, and the videos and workbook are instantly available.
It is typically done over 4 – 8 weeks. But the biggest variable is your thinking time. It’s self paced, so it really is up-to-you.
I just ask that you use the coaching sessions within 6 months. The videos and workbook remain beyond that.
(there’s ~ 70 minutes in total of videos).
Can I pay by installments?
Yes, we offer a payment plan to split the payment – £449 now, and £449 in one month’s time. You can access the course immediately, and the coaching becomes available when balance is paid in full. You can sign-up for this here.
How does this differ to your Business Builder?
Career CrossRoads provides insight to developing your plan. It provides you with the tools you need to decide on your future.
The Business Builder takes this much further. It’s a hands-on, 12 month programme to support business owners through developing and implementing change in their business. It may include elements from Career CrossRoads, but only where relevant to that business.
How do I access the 1:1 coaching sessions, and what can I expect from them?
You schedule the coaching calls using a calendar link, at a time convenient to you. Mike’s typical availability is between 10am – 8 pm UK time.
The sessions are held virtually via Zoom.
Mike is an accrediated ICF coach. He is skilled at pulling out your thoughts and helping refine your ideas (without them being his ideas). He does this by asking questions, reflecting back observations and helping to interpret third-party data.
But that’s not all. If you’re lacking inspiration for new career ideas, we get Liz (a strategy action expert) in to help. Her guidance on potential career targets is invaluable.
What if I start the programme, and realise it's not for me?
In the unlikely event that you start the Career CrossRoads programme and feel it’s not a good fit for you, please reach out to us immediately (reply to one of the emails).
As long as you’ve recently bought it and aren’t far in, we’ll be reasonable about refunds. (please note that a deduction for Motivational Maps and DISC at cost will be needed if the questionnaires have been issued).
We’ve never had this happen and for good reason. People buy confidently from us, and we don’t let them down. So if you like, you can book a call with Mike (see “could we talk first” FAQ below).
I'm interested, but could talk first, to check we're a good fit?
Absolutely! We welcome conversations like this to explore any questions you may have, and get to know each other a little. This way, you can buy (or not) with confidence you are making a good decision. Just click this link, and let’s get something booked in with Mike.