Are You Headed for Promotion or a PIP this Performance Review Season?
Performance review season is the time to assess whether you’re on the path to promotion or facing a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). These outcomes usually stand on opposite ends of a spectrum, and here’s how you can frame your perspective on your upcoming review.
Watch Out, Your Strength May Block Your Success!
We all have keys to success. These are time tested and reliable when we need to succeed. They also are our biggest blind spot. If they are so reliable, how could they be a problem? Here is a client who relied so heavily on her keys to success, she had to take medical leave.
It’s Not the Job, It’s You!
Are you feeling unhappy and unfulfilled in your job?
Would you like to find ways to increase your job satisfaction and fulfillment? As a client satisfaction coach, I can help you understand your unique situation and goals. We can work together to develop strategies for improving your work experience.
Is Your Job Sucking the Life Out of You?
Do you look forward to your summer vacation? It’s time away from “work.” A chance to enjoy yourself. Are you getting most of your joy away from work?
Do you envy your friends who enjoy their work, or even thrive at what they are doing? They don’t need their vacations to recharge. Why isn’t that you?
Are You a “Resigned to Work” Club member?
Are you a card-carrying member of the “Resigned to Work” club? Why do we accept such a low expectation for our jobs? Working 40 hours a week is one-third of our waking hours; one third of our lives we are willing to be content showing up to a job. The nasty truth is if you are accepting this at work – that it’s something you have to do, not something you want to do – the rest of your life will likely have similarly low expectations.
Why Do Pessimists Buy Lottery Tickets?
Why in the world does a pessimist buy a lottery ticket? He knows he won’t win because nothing ever works out for him, so why purchase a ticket? Because even though it’s a long shot, he believes it is probably the only way to change his circumstances. That glimmer of hope of maybe 1 chance in 302,575,350, is better than his current perspective of there being no other possible way of succeeding.
What Is Your Job Telling You?
When you hear the question, “What is your job telling you?”, what is your first thought? What are you thinking Monday morning? How would you answer this question at noon on Wednesday or end-of-day Friday? Is the answer different? If it is, do you know why?
Are you listening?
Why is the answer to this question useful?
Avoid Having Another Year Go by Without Action
My client, Carrie, a pseudonym, is the type to document her resolutions for the year, and unlike most of us, revisits them annually.
She engaged me as her coach after she realized “change jobs” had been on her list for at least four years. Carrie was disciplined about her work and her life and was perplexed about the lack of progress towards this specific goal.
The Trap of the Competent
Part of the trajectory in life is building our reputation -- through our own eyes and through the eyes of others. Pure experience adds to our wisdom and compiling successes increases expectations of everyone aligned around us: managers, employees, spouses, children, and community.
Are You Feeling Stretched Too Far This Summer?
You are cracking open the computer after dinner and squeezing work into the weekend after putting in a full week. How did this happen? You were going to enjoy this summer. Is it that you didn’t get your work done during the day because of the church’s bake sale, or the cheer team’s fundraiser? What is certain is you are busy, tired, and irritable. You haven’t had a chance to recharge this summer.
With the Year Half Over, Are You Energized, or Feeling Tired?
June and July are unique months. School years end, summer arrives, vacations are planned, and there are only two months until fall.
Did you tense or suck in a breath realizing how close fall is? Maybe you felt some tension push aside the joy and relaxing thoughts about vacation and summer.