February 9, 2010 – Black Enterprise – New York, NY, US
After serving nearly eight years with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, in 2008, Michelle Greene, director of business infrastructure, was beginning to feel that her journey with the company had run its course. Upon returning to the U.S. after a four-year assignment in Sweden, Greene found herself in the middle of company layoffs of which she became responsible for administering. “It was a very emotional and draining experience,” she recalls. “With all the changes, I was getting to where I was not as happy in my role as I had been in the past.”
To help her get though the company’s restructuring, Greene decided it was time to seek a career coach. Though not essential for career success, working with someone who can provide specific strategic suggestions for managing career blocks and challenges can be a beneficial investment for your professional development. According to Sherpa Executive Coaching, a firm that provides research on executive coaching and is based in Cincinnati, OH, executive coaching should not be confused with a mentor, consultant, trainer or life coach. Their job is to assist companies or individuals in leadership development, or a specific career challenge, such as honing in on a skill or going through a transition.