We love questions and are always happy to provide the answers. Here are the questions most people have before signing up:
I don’t have a good understanding yet of the career direction in which I want to switch – is the PURPOSE ACCELERATOR right for me? Yes. We’ve designed the program to support different career reflection starting points. Here’s how: as themes are introduced, activities begin as an individual exercise — so you’ll reflect and act based on where you are. Then we collaborate as a group on challenges that get us all experiencing the theme together, but related to hypothetical situations so we can learn from each other and our experiences. Finally, our weekly goal setting will focus on taking small steps to advance your specific career change efforts.
How is the PURPOSE ACCELERATOR different from career coaching? One of the biggest obstacles to career change is the feeling that you’re crazy for wanting to leave your job, that the little voice telling you to take the road less traveled should be ignored. In our program, people quickly realize they are not crazy and they are not alone. This sense of relief is a powerful catalyst for change. We all need support to make change - and in our program, you'll find a community to hold you accountable to making small steps in new directions.
Is this program just for early career professionals? We’ve had participants in their early 20’s and their late 50’s. The diversity of age has been an asset. Participants bring their unique experiences to the community and support one another in equally profound ways.
Who is a right type of person for this program? If you are feeling stuck in your job and can’t figure out what steps to take to make a change, then you’re a good fit. If you don’t know what you want to do with your life, and feel like there is a calling deep inside you, but you’re unsure how to connect to it, this program is for you. If you are questioning the path you are on — your definition of success, the future you see before you, the sinking feeling you get every Sunday night because you have to get back to work on Monday — then this program is a good fit.
Why are some programs virtual, others a mix and others entirely in-person? After people across the country reached out about attending our Purpose Accelerator program in NYC, we decided to offer some flexibility. We believe face-to-face engagement is critical to developing a sense of community and a safe space to explore a topic as intimate as purpose. As a result, every program — whether it’s held in NYC, Boston, Chicago or elsewhere — will begin with two intensive days in-person.
After the kickoff weekend, each location has a few logistical differences:
NYC program is entirely in-person for the entire 8 weeks. The next program begins the weekend of August 3 - 4 and meets for 8 consecutive Tuesdays after that from 7 pm - 10 pm in NYC.
Boston program will alternate between 3-hour in-person and virtual sessions on Wednesdays after the in-person kickoff weekend September 7 - 8. The Wednesdays of Sept 11, 25, October 9, and 23 will be virtual and the Wednesdays of September 18, October 2, 16 and 30 will be in-person.
Chicago will be entirely virtual except for the kickoff weekend. The kickoff weekend is October 12 - 13 (Columbus Day weekend). Then all 8 sessions will be online from 6.30-9.30pm Central Time on Tuesdays October 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10.
For Boston and Chicago programs, our connection online will be much more palpable because we would have already built relationships in-person. Our technology will enable us to see one another together as a big group and go into break rooms as small as two people. We can do everything we would do in a face-to-face setting. The technology you’ll need is very simple: a computer with a camera. Your built-in microphone will also suffice.
Can I attend the kickoff weekend virtually? Unfortunately not, as mentioned above, there is a foundational level of community and intimacy that needs to be built up to explore a topic such as purpose and we believe that requires a face-to-face kickoff to the program. We’ve picked a long weekend to provide you with flexibility in flying in and out.
I’m going to miss a few sessions – is it worth it? We ask that you commit to not missing more than one session. If you do miss one, we post notes from the session you miss on an internal site to keep up to speed, and your accountability groups stay connected throughout the week ensure you are progressing.
What is a typical weekly session like? Generally speaking, weekly sessions begin with a ‘grounding’ activity to ensure everyone is fully present in the moment. We then have an inspirational speaker, group and individual activities around a theme, and mentor led accountability activities. We close with personal stories focused on deepening our efforts together.
Why do you run your program 1 night a week for 8 weeks rather than an intensive week-long program? Two main reasons: Personal preparedness for making a big change doesn’t happen in a week. Introspection on topics like purpose, our best selves, how we identify and overcome our fears, change our habits and mindset, and defining and experimenting with specific actions that will help you make actual change - these all require intentionality and time.
Second, our programs are designed to build a network and community of support that feels natural, ongoing and substantive. We learn how to carve out time together each week. Doing it this way starts a process of growth that will continue beyond the life of the program.
What are some of the themes / sessions focused on? Here’s a sampling of the themes and topics we will cover:
Aligning with your purpose and authentic self
Personal Power – identifying, using and misusing your agency in the world
Vision – determining what you want to create or engage with in the world
Resiliency -thriving in a volatile and unpredictable world
Trojan Mice – designing and implementing micro-experiments to test opportunities
Pivoting – moving quickly based on feedback
Managing time, money and expectations
Peer consultancies – group led superpower sessions
Is the program worth the investment in time and money? Career change and entrepreneurship programs that provide 30+ contact hours typically cost thousands of dollars. Listen to several participants feedback on the time and investment:
“The speakers, mentors and participants Jeff brings together are so vast and diverse, I decided I didn't need to go to business school. I literally made a $100,000 savings decision because of the network.”
"The process is illuminating. I came to Jeff with a set outcome in mind. I left with a much deeper understanding of myself, a clear vision of my professional calling, and a community of people with shared values and a deep desire to support each other. Jeff holds the space for discovery and implements a form of accountability I have not experienced elsewhere. It is truly a life-changing journey."
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