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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 …

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Corporate Driver: Accountability

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 …

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Corporate Driver: Accountability

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 …

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Corporate Driver: Accountability

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 »

Corporate Driver: Expectations

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 …

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Corporate Driver: Perspective

Question: My new boss always assumes the worst and his anxiety has me second guessing everything. Any ideas? A. H., New Jersey Answer: It may not feel like it, but this situation is a golden opportunity to learn a critical …

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Corporate Driver: Perspective

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 …

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Corporate Driver: Expectations

Question: I manage a team and have a staffer who was hired for a specific piece of business. The more I watch her in action, the more I think she’s in over her head. She is trying, she’s just not …

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Corporate Driver: Accountability

Question: My company just announced it’s being acquired by another company. They’ve told all of us nothing will change but I’m nervous. Besides job hunting, is there anything else I should be doing? S.J., New York, NY Answer: For staffers, …

My company is merging and I think I’m losing my job! Read More »

Corporate Driver: Accountability

Question: I have a hard time getting motivated after the holidays. The weather sucks, the fiscal year has just started so all the projects are admin heavy (start-up mode), and if I won Lotto I’d resign in a minute. If …

I am concerned my winter blahs will impact my work. Help! Read More »

Corporate Driver: Accountability

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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.