small change: you, three years from now


small change 


Ciarán Fenton

How small changes in your behaviour will have a big impact on how you work, lead or follow

That’s the working title of a book I’m writing, initially as a series of short blogs.

Blog 1 small change: seven principles

Blog 2 small change: your career is a unique business

Blog 3 small change: your soft balance sheet

Blog 4 small change: your D Liability

Blog 5 small change: your timeline

Blog 6 small change: your formative years

Blog 7 small change: your A asset

Blog 8 small change: your career equity

Blog 9 small change: your curriculum vitae

Blog 10 small change: your emotional intelligence

Blog 11 small change: your reputation

Blog 12 small change: you, three from now


Seven principles

Principle 1

Your career is

  • a unique business,
  • one over seven billion in its uniqueness


Blog 11  small change: you, three years from now

your career equity

How will your career equity look in three years time?

To what extent, if at all, will you curriculum vitae (CV), emotional intelligence (EQ) and reputation (PR) have changed? Will you be in the same job? If not, where will you be? Will your move be by choice?

Will you have changed at all in terms of your behaviour? Will your reputation be precisely the same as it is now or different?

To what extent do you feel that you can control the arc of your career over the next three years? Two years is too short a horizon and five too long.

To the extent that you can control your context, it will be through small changes in the development of your emotional intelligence (EQ) that will most likely help you get to what you want.

Specifically, that means increasing the extent to which you empathise with others, deepening your self-awareness and changing the manner in which you get your needs met so that it becomes more productive for all involved with you. This last is the most important driver of positive change.

If you can confront how best to achieve meeting your needs, then the rest of the changes will follow more easily.

Three questions:

  1. What do you need, rather than want, over the next three years?
  2. Why?
  3. How?


Ciarán Fenton




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