Practical Tips

Asking for Support

Most people are happy to help when asked. If your experience is different and people do not seem willing to help, ask yourself if your approach is the reason why you’re not getting the support you’d like. Be Specific When

Corporate Driver: Accountability

Track Your Wins

We’ve all been there. Performance review time rolls around immediately after a project you’ve worked on didn’t go well. Rather than finding yourself at the mercy of the “recency” effect, make a practice of creating a record of your performance

Corporate Driver: Accountability

Schedule Your Thinking

When you’re in management—and even if you aren’t!—it’s very easy for your day to get away from you. How often have you gone into work filled with plans for the projects you’ll work on and then had your schedule completely

Corporate Driver: Accountability

Thinking Trap

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

Corporate Driver: Expectations

Active Listening

Given all the outlets that exist for personal expression, it’s ironic that people feel less “heard” now than ever before. One of the best gifts you can give another is giving them your full attention. It’s practical, too. When you’re

Corporate Driver: Communication

Purposeful Lists

A tried and true time management tool is list making. Just like any tool, though, tailoring it to your preferred work style is the key to making it work for you. Consider these three approaches: Traditional List Typically people list

Corporate Driver: Accountability

Success Criteria

Knowing how your department is evaluated is critical, whether or not delivering directly on them is your responsibility. Make sure you’re familiar with these three areas. Understand Interrelationships Understand how your department’s performance fits within the larger scope of the

Corporate Driver: Accountability

Drawing the Line

Athletes know that achieving peak performance involves striking a balance between training and recovery. You probably know that weight lifters exercise different muscle groups on consecutive days. That’s because muscle growth occurs on recovery day. If you’re constantly working with

Corporate Driver: Perspective

Integrate Face Time

Given the sheer volume of work we manage, for many their “to do” list drives their day. When you prioritize efficiency, it’s easy to lose sight of the value of face-to-face interactions. Email might be more efficient but it doesn’t

Corporate Driver: Communication

Up Your Estimate

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

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.