Corporate Driver: Expectations

Question: I finally found a senior person to take on an important role in my department. She was perfect on paper, is a nice person, and does many things well. However, she’s totally unreliable when we’re in crunch time. I’ve …

My new senior hire doesn’t show up for crises. What should I do? Read More »

We pay a biological price for making decision after decision. “Decision fatigue” was coined by social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister to describe part of a phenomenon called ego depletion. He was able to demonstrate that the store of mental energy …

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Question: We are constantly short-staffed and while everyone says we’re recruiting additional staff, nothing is happening. My life is work and it’s not healthy. I don’t want to whine but I’m not sure how much longer I can keep up …

How do I deal with chronic understaffing? Read More »

Question: My new boss talks a good game but does nothing. He also takes credit for everything I do. I like my job but he’s a total pain. He’s been here a few months and I hope it’s not much …

My new boss needs to go—and I hope it’s soon! Read More »

You’ve probably heard the saying, “People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.” It reflects the research that shows that one of the most—if not the most–important predictor of job satisfaction is your relationship with your immediate supervisor. How they view …

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Question: I started a new management job and the company norm seems to be spending endless hours in meetings. Nothing seems to get done and I end up having to work late to get my work done. Suggestions? L.S., New …

All I do is go to meetings—I can’t get my work done, help! Read More »

Question: My industry is pretty small. My new manager knew me when I first started years ago. I have had a pretty quick rise and now we’re only one level apart. He’s new to the company and a nice guy …

My new manager assumes I’m junior. Help! Read More »

Every day provides tons of opportunities to interpret events. Unfortunately we often default to stories that disempower us, making it that much harder to perform. Creating a negative interpretation of disparate facts is a way we protect ourselves. However, emotions, …

Powerful Interpretations Read More »

Question: I often psych myself out before important meetings or presentations and then underperform. How can I stop? A.R. New York, NY Answer: Well the good news is that you realize that it’s completely within your control to change this …

How can I stop psyching myself out? Read More »

Work rituals help structure our days, keep us grounded and on track, and give us cues that tell us when to “turn on” and “turn off” work. They can also be used to create and reaffirm workplace culture by forging …

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Taking Control of Your Career® Bootcamp Content Overview

Our Bootcamp is designed to get you back to feeling like yourself fast. To avoid overwhelm, we cover critical topics sequentially so you can make small changes quickly and experience immediate results.

1. New Beginnings

We start by creating a clear picture of your desired outcome and showing how feeling stuck can benefit you. You’ll also learn how to increase your physical and mental energy and a quick (less than 5 minutes!), easy way to improve your mood.

2. Setting Yourself Up For Success

It’s easier to succeed when your environment completely supports you. You’ll learn how to easily analyze yours and bring it into alignment. We’ll also cover techniques for viewing your work situation in a neutral, productive way–allowing you to move within it effortlessly.

3. Values & Standards

Values impact your behaviors, decisions, relationships and direction in life. Yet your values are often not aligned with your workplace. Standards are what we honor because we believe they will lead us to our goals. Logically you’d think high standards would result in a superior result but just the opposite often occurs. In this session we’ll cover how to maintain your standards when they’re not shared and how to stay true to yourself without making it an issue for others.

4. How Your Best Intentions Work Against You

If you’re like most achievers, you welcome and thrive on responsibility. Sometimes, however, your life can feel like one long “to do” list leaving little time to figure out what is working – or not – in your life. We’ll cover how to retrain your teammates, how to redefine your role and the concept of “responsibility without authority” – having one without the other makes success impossible.

5. Core Beliefs

Understanding how personal beliefs drive behavior is critical to freeing you from feeling trapped. This is a deeply personal and important aspect necessary to move into action. You’ll learn how to uncover the core belief that is out of alignment and the 5 step process you can use to replace it.

6. Who is in Control of Your Life?

Control is like catnip to high achievers – we all want it. But surprisingly few exercise control in the one area where they actually have it. This cycle of relentlessly trying to get control over an uncontrollable situation is exhausting and self–defeating. Resetting expectations so you can focus on fulfilling activities will provide the energy you need to regain your perspective and take action.

7. Setting Boundaries

If you’re surrounded by those who constantly violate your boundaries it will create conflict, drama and drain your energy. When you set and maintain appropriate boundaries you will experience an almost immediate reduction of stress. We will review the 5–step boundary setting process; discuss how to hold the line without alienating others or compromising your standards, and the implications of not being able to say “no”.

8. The Path Forward

Your work each session will have helped you uncover your personal traps and provided strategies for overcoming them. We’ll do a quick review and focus on how to use your strategic plan so you’ll never get in this situation again. We’ll also review how to appropriately take responsibility, how to manage workplace expectations and perceptions and the best habits for self–management when “overwhelm” strikes again – as it inevitably will.