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

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

Corporate Driver: Expectations

My unsupportive boss makes me wonder if I want to stay. Help!

Question: I’ve been at my job for a few years and I have had 3 managers in that time. My current manager is unsupportive and never backs me up when my work is challenged. When I spoke to her about

Corporate Driver: Accountability

New business requests are hijacking my time, help!

Question: I’m a mid-level manager and just joined my first agency as a subject matter expert. I’ve never seen such inefficiency and chaos. I’m trying to stay focused on my job but I keep getting pulled into new business meetings

Corporate Driver: Accountability

I was hired to create change but no one wants change!

Question: I was hired to create a new function within the company. I’m running into both overt and covert resistance. My manager is unsympathetic and, I believe, does not feel we need the function I’ve been hired to create. Even

Corporate Driver: Communication

How do I deal with chronic understaffing?

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

Corporate Driver: Expectations

People work around my colleague, help!

Question: My colleague is a subject matter expert. However, he is also an *ss. I am constantly cleaning up after him. Everyone constantly excuses his behavior because he provides so much value. Any suggestions? P.A., New York, NY Answer: This

Corporate Driver: Accountability

My days are filled with meetings but nothing gets done. Help!

Question: My days are back-to-back meetings yet I never get anything done. Everyone else seems to be in the same boat but they don’t stay late like I do getting their work done. What should I do differently? S.R., New

Corporate Driver: Accountability

My new senior hire is always late. Help!

Question: My new senior hire is always late. We discussed expectations during the interview and while we allow for flex hours, this wasn’t our agreement. We’ve had several conversations about it and while she texts me early that day and

Corporate Driver: Accountability

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

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

Corporate Driver: Expectations

I’m getting pushback from internal customers, help!

Question: I was hired to build up a new department in a successful company. Previously one of the managers had my job on top of her own. Now she’s my “customer” and is working against me. I thought she’d be

Corporate Driver: Perspective

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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.