Practical Tips

Solving Thorny Problems

Executives are hired to solve problems. With constantly increasing pace, volume, and pressure, it can be difficult to access the problem-solving areas of your brain. The next time you’re faced with a thorny problem, try this technique: Clearly state the

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What Does “Strategic” Look Like?

One of the most misused concepts in business is the idea of being “strategic.” It often pops up on performance reviews as in, “You need to become more strategic,” but when pressed for additional information, your manager may have difficulty

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Tame Your Frenzy

An awful lot of emotional energy is expended when people feel out of control at work. Emotions are processed in the brain by the amygdala, which responds powerfully when it perceives anything that looks like a threat. Functional brain imaging

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Prevent Distractions

Distractions come from emotions, thoughts, sounds, and interruptions—which happen constantly. To train yourself so that those distractions don’t hijack your focus, try the ABC method. Authors Dr. Paul Hammerness and Margaret Moore describe the practice as (A) being aware of

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Promise Deliverables Accurately

How many times do you find yourself thinking, “There isn’t enough time in the day”? Part of the reason we feel that way is that we underestimate how much time it takes to complete projects, which leads to unrealistic deadlines.

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Networking Misconceptions

While most have heard about the importance of networking, it’s often thought of only as it relates to finding a new job. But if you limit networking only to job searching, you’re limiting its utility; your networking skills decline and

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Offer Strategically

In most offices there are two types of people—the kind that volunteers for everything and the ones who never raise their hands. Neither are good strategies. Unplanned work is often a result of a change in corporate strategy. That can

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Online Meetings

When you’re meeting online it’s easy to forget that you’re more visible than you would be in a face-to-face meeting. Most people know to position their webcam to a flattering angle. Also consider what else is visible. Make sure confidential

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Maintaining Perspective

There’s a natural impulse at year’s end to review and assess events and achievements. Goal-oriented people like to measure progress in order to make adjustments, review what they’ve learned, and decide how they want to move forward. Often, though, our

Corporate Driver: Perspective

Managing Impressions

It takes 30 seconds for someone to form an impression of you and 18 subsequent interactions for them to change it. And the number of subsequent interactions you need keeps increasing because of the sheer volume of information we all

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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.