Corporate Driver: Expectations

“Housekeeping” Rules

You know what I mean, it’s the part of the meeting where the facilitator says, “This is a brainstorming session so remember, no idea is a bad idea, don’t shut your teammates down, keep this information confidential, etc.” Basically it’s

Alternative Explanations

One of the biggest obstacles we’ll face in our lives is our own inner critic. Every one of us possesses this voice in one form or another. The inner critic generates negative thoughts like, “I don’t have enough experience to

My boss is making me uncomfortable!

Question: My boss has a foot fetish and I’m very uncomfortable. I love shoes but find myself avoiding my favorites because I don’t want him to check out my feet. What can I do? L.E., New York, NY Answer: I’m

Can everyone be a leader?

Question: I plan to have a very successful career and have been reading a lot about what it takes to be an effective leader. What I’ve read, though, presupposes that everyone can be a leader. True? M.N., Chicago, IL Answer:

Driving on Ice

Learning to be an effective manager is like learning how to drive on ice: there is no way to learn except by doing it. You can read all the books, you can study the craft from a technical perspective, but

Should I focus on finding my path?

Question: I’m in my thirties and my friends all seem to know what they want to do career-wise. I’m not sure and really haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it. Do you think I need to focus on

Company Culture

Too often job seekers research everything but one of the most important predictors of their happiness at a new company—how they fit with the prospective employers’ culture. When you’re doing your research, make sure you ask specific questions to get

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

Title: 10% Happier Author: Dan Harris Genre: Self-Help Publisher: It Books Release Date: March 11, 2014 Pages: 256 Review: I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. I was expecting a “typical” self-help tome but Dan Harris has

I work with incompetents—what can I do?

Question: I just started at a new company that is experiencing tremendous growth. I’m excited about the opportunity but am finding many of those I interact with are incompetent. I’ve spoken with my boss but gotten nowhere. What should I

Inappropriate Kindness

You’ve probably heard the truism that too much of anything is a bad thing. Is it possible, then, to be too nice? In a word, yes. At work, the effusively nice person often makes people uncomfortable—inappropriate kindness (too many favors,

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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.