Life and career management to become the partners of tomorrow

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The new era of the workplace has arrived and what futurists and experts have been talking about for many years has become our new reality.

Eleven years ago, while working as an external consultant for KPMG Israel, my team created the 5 Lands Journey model to support partners and leaders in their development process. The model was designed to understand how critical disruptive trends (such as technology, globalization, regulation, new generations, mobility of talent and a new socio-economic order) will change the face of the workplace, creating significant challenges and opportunities for most accounting firms. , partners, managers and employees. Since then, we have helped partners and leaders in various countries prepare for the future and become fit for the future.

Over the past decade, in all of our projects, we have placed the 5 Lands components of higher purpose, well-being, emotional self-awareness and empathy at the center of personal life and career management. partners. We emphasized these abilities because many well-placed and well-paid partners did not find purpose in their daily lives, did not pay enough attention to their emotions and well-being, and generally felt that they were missing something. Lives. As a result, many have lost their passion and desire to have a positive impact on their teams, their clients and society in general.

Today, phenomena such as the Great Resignation (which is not yet fully understood) put people, their needs and their purpose at the center more than ever. In the new reality we are all facing, partners and leaders cannot think of their career management separately from their life management. Over the past couple of years, most of us have learned how precious time and people are in our lives, and how we should not take anything for granted. Hopefully this lesson will continue to guide many strategic leadership processes within the company.

The only way to ensure that the partners and leaders of any business are prepared for the future and can prepare the entire workforce for the post-COVID reality is to stop separating our personal lives from our professional life. It’s a great time for partners, leaders, and employees to embark on the 5 Earth journey on a deep level and become the best version of themselves. On the one hand, they need to take care of themselves and their well-being and to find a deep meaning in their daily life. On the other hand, they have to make sure that they are managing their careers well, that they have enough of what used to be called future skills, which have now become critical skills. Among these are the growth mindset, creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.

This unique journey must begin with a process of self-reflection. In most of our refresher sessions today, we start with questions based on the 5-earth model. These questions lead the leaders we work with to think deeply about their personal lives, their purpose, and the management of their future careers.

A good suggestion might be to put the questions on cards and stop once or twice a day to choose a question and think about it for a few minutes. It’s also good to do this with someone you feel comfortable with or even with certain members of the team.

Earth state of mind

  • To what extent do you think that with effort and investment, capacities and skills can be developed?
  • When was the last time you stepped outside your comfort zone? What happened?
  • Describe one of your failures that you had no difficulty dealing with. How do you think this has contributed to your personal growth?
  • What are you curious about? What do you really like to learn?
  • When was the last time you invested in developing new knowledge or skills?
  • Who do you appreciate as a successful self-taught person?
  • What do you, as a leader, do to ensure that your direct reports develop an attitude of growth?

Artgineer Land

  • When was the last time you got creative (right side of the brain)?
  • How often do you stop to try to imagine your future? How would you like to see yourself in two years (right brain)?
  • How well do you see yourself as a person who knows how to prioritize effectively (left side of the brain)?
  • What is your biggest passion (right brain)?
  • Who helps you to think aloud about your vision and your personal projects, in order to realize them (whole brain)?
  • How well are you using your critical thinking skills (left brain)?

Land of emotional intelligence

  • Who do you like to share your feelings with?
  • How easy is it for you to “count to 10” before reacting?
  • In what situations is it easy for you to empathize with others? In which situations is it more difficult?
  • Think about a time in your life when you kept going and didn’t give up, even though you had a hard time. What do you think of this period?
  • What special abilities do you appreciate in yourself? What do you want to strengthen?
  • In what situations is it easy for you to be flexible?
  • How successful are you in dealing with situations of uncertainty?

Earth sustainability

  • How much higher purpose do you feel in your job?
  • In what situations is it easy for you to watch the glass half full, and which situations challenge you?
  • Who are the people in your “social bank account” (network)? How do these relationships help you be the best version of yourself?
  • What do you think you can do to build a winning value proposition for yourself, both personally and professionally?
  • What are you doing to maintain your well-being – physically, emotionally and mentally?

I-21 Earth

  • What will you look like when you become the best version of yourself?
  • What are your strong points? How do you use them?
  • What are your “next jumps”? How are you going to develop them?
  • What would you like to invest in to become the best version of yourself?
  • Who can help you be the best version of yourself?
  • What impact would you like to have on a personal and professional level?


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