How to Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Due to a forecasting change imposed by her overwhelmed and fearful boss, Mira’s annual sales target for next year is twice as big as she thought it would be. Four months into her new job at a government agency, Amanda’s entire working life (and pretty much the rest of her life too) has been consumed with managing issues related to the COVID pandemic. Commercial Real Estate agent Mike has seen his entire business evaporate before his eyes in the past seven months, and now he must recalibrate for a new reality. Jack lost his father to the virus. The year 2020 has brought many of us to our knees in many ways. Those affected are afraid and exhausted and have been living with intense uncertainty

Old Job, New Boss? How to Impress the Hell Out of Them

After five years of working together, Sheldon’s boss has moved on to greener pastures. His new boss hasn’t even been selected yet, but he’s seriously freaked. “What if I don’t like them?” he complains to anyone who will listen. “What if they don’t like me? What if they’re some kind of control freak who wants to tell me how to do my job? What if they have totally different expectations than my old boss had? What if they want to bring in their own team and we all get fired?” Few things are more stressful in a career than the prospect of a new boss. But if managed correctly, the experience can be positive for both you and them. Before they start: Look forward to working with a new boss. I mean,

Trust Yourself So Others Can Trust You Too

I don’t know about you, but I love the “first idea”. I think a lot of us do. We have a problem. We arrive at a solution. It’s a good one (or at least we think it is). We're done. Maybe the first idea came to us right away. Or maybe it arrived only after much banging of heads on walls. It doesn’t matter. It’s time to run with it. Everything is locked down; the road ahead is clear and there’s no more uncertainty. It feels great. Yay! And then the idea fails. The road ahead is no longer clear. It’s bumpy. And much longer than we thought it would be. Now what? Do we give up and go home? Or maybe we dig in our heals, plugging away at the same problem with the same faulty solution, over and over a

Let's Talk About Your State of Being

From a political, economic and health (both physical and mental) perspective, 2020 has been the most challenging year most of us can remember. We’ve been faced with a crushing mix of uncertainty, loss and isolation that has left many of us with a creeping sense of dread. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been able to relax since late 2015. So, when will it be 2015 again? It won’t. Even if a vaccine arrives soon, the pandemic is likely to last another 12 to 18 months. And the economic impacts of it are only just beginning. And some industries, such as travel aren’t likely to recover for up to 36 months. The world will be what it will be. I’m not telling you this to scare you. I’m telling

Great Leaders Know the Difference Between a Wave and a Deep Undercurrent

Carson didn’t want to hire Emily. She was under qualified and didn’t seem to have a real passion for the work his department did. But, as a new manager, he succumbed to pressure from an overworked HR representative, and brought her on board. Over the next few weeks, Emily required more of Carson’s time and energy than anyone else on his team. But, he kept her. Why? Because after each difficult coaching conversation, Emily displayed waves of enthusiasm. She seemed to be learning. She seemed to be more committed. And then, as quickly as the wave came, it was gone, and they were back to square one. Needless to say, it didn’t work. But it took Carson nearly nine months to push the button on Emil

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