Join me for a free webinar where I share lessons learned and ideas for you as you pursue your own journey of career reinvention. I lived this journey myself and now I work with later career professionals interested in pivoting to something different and more important and personally rewarding in their lives.
There's an awful lot of conventional wisdom that is nothing more than a cover for organizational and managerial laziness. It pays to cultivate an allergic reaction to anything that smells like: "We've always done it this way."
There are a number of reasons individuals become insecure over their careers and futures in our world of uncertainty and change. In some cases, the insecurity manifests in a full blown career panic attack. While complicated, there are steps all of us can take to get up off the couch and start moving beyond the career panic attack.
Tackling the role of First-Time Manager is challenging. Everything is new and in too many cases, there's no one to guide your way. That's why I created my free webinar: How to Overcome the 5 Big Challenges First-Time Managers Face, and my new distance professional learning program: How to Succeed as a First-Time Manager.
We've all been in meetings where the latest ridiculous idea from management is greeted with what I term, aerobic head nodding. In many cases, people are afraid to speak truth to power. As a leader, you own curing this problem in your environment. As an employee, you have to decide whether you are willing to sell your self-esteem or risk ticking off your manager. If the issue is important enough, it's an easy choice.
We all know that change is the only constant, yet when faced with the need for our organizations to change, our first instinct is fight or flight. A better and career-enhancing approach is to jump in, ask questions, and importantly, volunteer to help. It's the only way you can actively shape the change.
While we don't stop on a daily basis to consider the long-term implications of our decisions, the best leaders understand their decisions create ripple effects in the lives and careers of others. You don't know it at the time, but you are painting a picture...a mural trailing behind you in your decisions. If you are going to lead, make certain it's a beautiful mural.
Transitioning into and navigating the role of manager of managers is one of the most important and potentially challenging career steps you will experience. My new Manager of Managers webinar series and professional development program is designed to fill the gap for practical, powerful guidance for anyone interested in succeeding in this challenging role. The program kicks off later in August, 2017, with early-bird pricing available until 8/5/2017.
“Research suggests that the human mind has a propensity to pay greater attention to and process the bad compared to the good, a phenomenon often called the negativity bias. Bad feedback has greater impact; bad impressions are quicker to form; bad information is processed more thoroughly...and negative stereotypes are easier to form.” From Dr. Amit [...]
Instead of worrying about career planning, treat your professional work as a series of adventures and explorations, and prepare accordingly.