Corporate Driver: Expectations

Question: I really like my job but I should’ve been promoted months ago. My manager seems supportive but nothing has happened. I’m getting really angry and thinking of leaving. What do you recommend? A.D., New York, NY Answer: There are …

I’ve not been promoted and am thinking of leaving. Thoughts? Read More »

Question: My group supports all the departments in our company. I understand that I’m in a service function but I have several “clients” who send incredibly inappropriate emails that totally piss me off. How should I deal with this? R.A., …

I keep getting inappropriate emails. Help! Read More »

Question: I work in a fast-moving environment. My manager constantly asks me to step in and help her, saying we’ll work together on something, and then when it happens, I end up doing it all. How can I address this? …

My manager says we’ll work together and then disappears, help! Read More »

Question: I have an underperformer who is very good at setting boundaries. Every other email is a request for vacation time, telling me she’s leaving early due to some personal event, or a request for comp time for work she’s …

My team member prioritizes her personal life over her job, help! Read More »

Question: My peer inserts herself into everything. If she’s cc’d on an email, you can bet she’s going to take action. She creates a whole lot of extra work for me and is making me crazy. How can I get …

My peer is in my shorts. Help! Read More »

We all view our world through a frame made up of our past experiences, teachings from our caregivers, and assumptions we’ve made. It’s our “truth.” Often, though, we place limitations on ourselves without even realizing it. Examples of career assumptions …

Thinking Trap Read More »

While being tolerant is frequently a very good quality, tolerating what isn’t working can be a major energy drain. Tolerations are things you put up with and are not happy about, whether in your job, your environment, your relationships, or …

Avoid Tolerations Read More »

Question: My manager is totally losing it. He used to be calm, cool, and collected. Now he’s turned into a crazy person. He’s short-tempered, impatient, and unapproachable. I’m having a hard time getting my job done because I need his …

My manager has lost his mind. How can I work best with him? Read More »

It’s no secret that the corporate world values productivity. How often have you heard that your worth is measured by “what have you done for me lately?” In service businesses, this often translates to working more and more hours—as if …

Pondering Time Read More »

How often do you complain about not having enough time? Part of the reason is that we underestimate how much time we actually need. The usual culprit is estimating in a vacuum and omitting the inevitable daily interruptions. In order …

Up Your Estimate Read More »

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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.