A myth of career success is that it requires long hours and personal sacrifice. The truth is that often doesn’t work, and always adds uncertainty and stress. I can show you another way.
The main idea is that there are simple things you can learn that make a huge difference. It can be the same job, same career, but with a whole different approach. My specialty is helping you build the soft skills you need to thrive, such as:
• Executive Mindset
• Business Concepts for Technologists
• Strategic Thinking and Prioritization (both for the business and yourself)
• Persuasive Storytelling and Communication
• Relationship and Team Building
• Execution & Problem Resolution
Of course, success still requires work – but it’s not about the hours. It’s the work of changing yourself and how to approach your career. It’s about learning what matters and focusing your limited energy there.
Here is my promise: I promise that by working with me, you will gain more control over your career. You will see the professional world differently, and more importantly, they will see you differently. You will clarify where you are now, discover where you want to go, and build the mindsets, strategies, and skills to get you there – and you’ll do it all with less stress and more fun.
If that sounds like something you want to experience, give me a call.
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He has a simple, relatable approach that breaks down complex concepts and makes it easy to digest.“
-Melissa F., Director
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Develop the Skills You Need to Thrive at the Executive Level
Career success involves 2 main ingredients: building relationships and delivering results. To help you develop the skills you need, I’ve broken it down into 6 skills aligned to key questions:
I’ve organized my YouTube channel around these 6 questions. You can find the latest videos here:
How to Access The Hidden Job MarketThe "hidden job market" is one of the best ways to get a new role - if you can access it. But unlike the posted job market, no one brings it all together, so you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it is not complicated, it just takes a little knowledge and effort. This video explains a simple, 5 step process to do so.
6 Essentials to Land An Executive Role - An Introduction to Drew Saur CoachingI founded Drew Saur Coaching to help people just like you land an executive roles without having to work 80 hours a week.
My strategies come from 25 years of personal experience in technology where I started as a coder and became the Technology COO running an organization of over 700 people.
If you’re ready to land an executive role, then watch this video to learn more.
Ready to advance your career? Ask these 3 questions before you startAdvancing to the next level doesn't just happen. Before you start the next leg of your career journey, it is important to know where you want to go, why you want it, and, most importantly, how much you want it. This video explains why those 3 questions are an important place to start.
Drew Saur Coaching Review with BrentMeet Brent! As a successful technology leader, Brent wanted to advance his career, but didn't know exactly where to go or how to get there. Working with Drew, Brent got the structure and strategy he needed to determine what he wanted and then got his next-level role as Senior Director and Head of Infrastructure at HireVue.
The Problem with Being Amazing at Your JobAs you hit director level and above, being amazing at your job can paradoxically mean you are *less* likely to get promoted. The reason is the next level is a different job, with different skills and different expectations. The trick is to demonstrate that you can do *that* job, rather than the job you have. This video explains how.
Job Search: The 3 Metrics That Matter"There's too much advice on how to improve my job search, where do I start?"
It turns out there are only 3 metrics that matter when searching for a job: Resume Success Rate, Screening Success Rate and Interview Success Rate. By tracking these three, you can immediately pinpoint where in the process you are having trouble and find the right prescription to fix it. This video shows you how.
Interview Tip: The Problem with STAR (and a better way to approach it)The STAR Model is a common way to approach an interview question, but it has an inherent problem. Namely, the most important piece of information - ie. the result - comes at the end. This video introduces a new model that works even better. I call it the VSD Interview Model and there are 3 parts:
V - Value First - Your first sentence needs to explain the business value of what you did
S - Short (ie. Keep it Short) - The 30 second to 1 minute "Executive Summary" version of your story
D - Detail on Demand - Ask a question to see if the interviewer wants more detail. Only give it if they want it.
This video explains how it works.
Interview Tip: Figure out the real problemPeople hire because they have a problem that needs to be solved. But a Job Description isn't a problem description. It is - at best - a rough outline of the responsibilities. So how do you figure out the underlying problem? Ask good questions. This video shows you how.
Interview Tip: It's not really about you...What is the purpose of an interview? Despite what most people think, it's not really about you. Instead, it all about the problem the company needs to solve. So what to do in the interview? Don't just talk about yourself. Show that you can solve their problem. This video shows you how.
Improve Your Influence: Start with where they are (even if that's not where you want them to be)"I don't understand why they don't get this!" We've all been there. It turns out, one of the first (and often most difficult) steps to influencing people is to put aside you own opinions, at least for a little bit, and start with a blank slate. This video explains why and what to do about it.
Improve Your Influence: Think Individuals, not Groups"Senior Management", "Finance", the "Project Review Board". These are all groups that can have an influence on our careers. But when it comes to influence, it's better to forget about the group itself, and rather concentrate on the individuals that make up that group. The better you understand each and every individual, the more targeted your story, the more powerful your influence.
A Common Resume Mistake: It's not about what you can do...A common mistakes people make is thinking the resume should explain what they can do. A better way is to think about it as a very specific pitch for how you can solve the company's specific problem. In short, be a hammer, not a multi-pack (that will make sense if you watch the video 🙂