• Career-Hacking

    "Carlos helped me when I had no idea what I wanted to do but I knew my current situation needed to change. He helped me focus on the right problems with concrete action plans week after week, and land a new job with a salary increase."

     

    - Miles Fitzgerald, Product Designer at Spotify

  • What You Can Expect

    If you commit to the process, these are some goals you can accomplish working with me:

    In 30 Days

     

    Gain clarity about what you should stop and start doing each day.

     

    Written plan of action of your goals and how you will work towards them.

     

    Sustainable feeling of excitement, momentum and focus on your work.

     

    Install or eliminate key habits relevant for your career growth.

    In 90 days

     

    Get a better job or better perks at your current job.

     

    Launch your own business.

     

    Revamp all relevant online credentials so you position yourself the right way according to your long-term goals.

     

    Become competent at any new skill.

    In 180 days

     

    Transition into a new career or industry, and redefine your professional identity.

     

    Develop new professional networks, full of new allies and connections in your fields of interest.

     

    Gain career optionality: have more income streams, more business insights into new opportunities, more people needing your help.

  • "Why do I need this?"

    Poor Self-Understanding

    Understanding what we want to do, why we want to do it, and what tools we have to get there is a lifelong exercise. Most people avoid it. More importantly, it's difficult to do without help. We fail to see our weak spots because we have blind spots and biases. Without an external perspective whose single goal is to make YOU better, you will keep tripping with the same rocks.

    Lack of Discipline & Focus

    Cal Newport says that "focus is the new I.Q." The ability to concentrate and work on demanding tasks without getting distracted has become a rare, and therefore, valuable skill. With the rise of communication technologies, we have stimuli coming at us every day. Careers stagnate or grow too slow because days are ruled by distractions, multitasking, and procrastination. People have forgotten the art of discipline. Without it, it's impossible to execute a plan successfully.

    Lack of Strategy

    “How does this end?” This is the question that separates tactics from strategy, says James Fallows. There are plenty of tips and tricks on countless books, blogs and conferences that we can start applying today. However, they tend to generate little sustainable change for those trying to implement them in their own lives and work. Why? Because they lack context: a personalized strategy that makes everything click. A career without strategy is a career full of exhausting experimentation that fails to deliver what we want.

    Outdated Paradigms & Mindset

    "Working on the right thing is more important than working hard," said Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr. What holds back most people is not lack of effort, but rather effort put in the wrong things. They show up and exceed at everything their loved ones, their institutions and the media told them would bring the rewards they want, but haven’t realized they are working hard at the wrong things. The results? Discouragement. Frustration. Bewilderment. These are the actions and reactions of those that haven't realized the game has changed, and that others are beating them to the prizes.

  • The Process

    Step 1: Analyze & Crystalize

    The first stage of coaching is assessing your situation, and crystallizing what you want for your life and work. This is arguably the hardest stage, and most people never leave it (or even start it). If you want to know your options, you must understand and be able to communicate your values, skills, and goals, but also your assets, career environment, relationships, and more.

     

    We start by having conversations and exercises to help you see what internal and external obstacles and gaps you are facing, and communicate effectively to yourself and others how you will break through.

    Step 2: Strategy & Exercises

    What holds most people back from acting is not lack of aspirations, but lack of clarity and predictability of the process. When the specifics of what we should do are blurry, we procrastinate. Breaking down a goal into its optimal strategy, exercises, and systems that keep us going is the essence of coaching in action.

     

    Through frameworks and prompts, we craft a strategy grounded in an honest self-assessment—leveraging every asset and strength at your disposal—and find new ways to accomplish your goal.

    Step 3: Measure & Iterate

    The key attitude for any 21st century professional is adaptation. Leveraging the unpredictability and randomness of the world we live in is a prerequisite to swim with the current of opportunities, not against. We must consistently test, learn, and improve. Like Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha say, we must abandon "Ready, Aim, Fire" for "Aim, Fire, Aim, Fire, Aim, Fire."

     

    Yet very few do, because they lack the support systems to externalize their experiences, track their results, and improve on their actions. I hand-hold you throughout your exercises, talking frequently, expecting your reports and providing the perspectives and feedback to help you improve your results.

    Step 4: Review, Reap & Reinvest

    Anyone can score a couple of wins on luck or hustle alone. Yet there is a reason many people that had great prospects in their 20s and 30s hit an unexpected plateau or drop in their 40s or older. As Marshall Goldsmith said: what got us here won't get us there. What separates the sustainable performers from the temporary ones is poor understanding of the reasons behind their achievements, failure to consolidate their wins, and not reinvesting their rewards strategically.

     

    I help people close every growth cycle with activities that ensure reaping all the rewards, digesting the lessons of the cycle, and updating their future plans after accomplishing their goals.