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How do I deal with a manager who works around the clock?

Question My manager has no life outside of work and is constantly sending texts and emails, and is phoning outside of work hours. How do I deal with this? J.S., Philadelphia, PA Answer I understand your frustration and would first

Corporate Driver: Perspective

I’m concerned about a depressed coworker, help!

Question With all the news about suicide, I find myself paying more attention to those around me. I’ve noticed one of my coworkers appears depressed although I’m just guessing. We’re not particularly close but I’d hate to have something happen

Corporate Driver: Perspective

My peer is in my shorts. Help!

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

Corporate Driver: Expectations

My coworkers think I’m unfriendly and have gone to my boss, help!

Question: My manager just told me that I’m getting a reputation for being curt and unfriendly. I am shocked. I always, always, always ask, “How can I help you?” when someone comes into my office even though I am swamped.

Corporate Driver: Communication

Yikes, my manager is advocating for me to be promoted!

Question:  My manager thinks I should be running a department—I’m not sure if I want it or not. What can I do before I am forced to choose that would help me decide? D.D., Mt. Prospect, IL Answer:  It may

Corporate Driver: Communication

I’m too tired to network. Any ideas?

Questions:  I know I should be out networking to keep myself plugged into my industry but by the end of the day I just want to go home and veg. Any advice? S.S. Raleigh, NC Answer: No one has time to

Corporate Driver: Accountability

How can I deliver on unrealistic numbers?

Question: My financial targets are set by management  — and they’re unrealistic at best. Regardless though, I’m still expected to deliver. How can I handle this? G.G., Washington, D.C. Answer: Unfortunately, your situation is not unique. Have a conversation sooner rather than later with

Corporate Driver: Communication

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

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

Corporate Driver: Expectations

Should I leave my job before I have a new one?

Question: I started my job 5 months ago after a long job hunt. I was miserable in my last job and it was so tough job hunting while working full time. Now I’m not sure this new job is a

Corporate Driver: Accountability

I’m distracted by what’s going on at work, help!

Question: Something is happening at work and it’s very unsettling. Everyone on my immediate team feels it, but no one knows exactly what is going on. When we ask our manager, he says we’re imagining things and that we should

Corporate Driver: Expectations

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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.