One time successful professionals turn to executive coaching is when they feel overwhelmed by a relentless barrage of “to-do” items. For example, a client I’ll call “Jane” had just received a bonus and been recommended for promotion. But despite a flow of kudos from her bosses, she felt like she was barely holding things together.
Do you have professional and other goals in mind for the year? For the future? So what's your plan?
It can be motivating to have a broad, enticing vision, but it can also be daunting. Sometimes people put off their biggest objectives and most exciting projects because they don't even know where to begin.
To get started and keep moving toward your goals, think about ways to establish specific benchmarks and measure your progress. For example, if you propose to write a book, you might commit to writing a certain number of words each week or month.
A longtime client I'll call "Betty" asked me to give a talk about how to survive in an organization that's going through a multi-year transition.
I was pleased to speak at the company where Betty is a manager. But when she told me the topic, I was surprised. That's because I can't think of anybody more adept than Betty at navigating a rewarding career through an industry experiencing prolonged restructuring. She has survived multiple mergers, division liquidations and realignments. And she's been adept at jumping ship and making a great landing at the perfect time.
I like to start each year with a list of New Year's Resolutions, and some years my list has been more successful than in others. But even when I abandoned my commitments before Spring, the process was worthwhile. There were periods in my life when I didn't devote much time to self-reflection, so starting out a year by taking a close look at myself was a good thing.
As I often do in December, in recent weeks I asked some of my coaching clients about what they'd like the next year to bring. What will success look like in 2014? Where do they want to focus their energy this year?