When you step into leadership no one tells you exactly what to do or how to do your job. They expect you to come with expertise and experience. They may give you a crash helmet, harness you in and teach you the basic ropes but then they quickly release you and zip you down the zipline!
What a great career planning, leadership development opportunity!
You get to dig deep Inside to shape your Big Picture Leadership Vision:
Every one of my VIP career and business coaching clients these days is experiencing huge challenges. They are facing major turning points in their career paths and being invited to take gigantic steps. And even though they have asked for the change and reached out for guidance, hand holding, coaching and assistance, they are each in their own way facing the Terror—of being asked, forced, invited, encouraged to take great leaps—without feeling totally prepared—or perfect.
I’m experiencing it too, as I reach for my next level and desire to bypass a few of the ponderous steps!
What are you experiencing?
Toxic work environments cause people to question their judgments. Sometimes it becomes difficult to know if you are doing a good job, or not, because of the negative feedback or response (even lack of response) you may get from superiors and coworkers.
Coworkers sometimes participate or collude in the negativity. And sometimes they are just as anxious, cowed and shutdown as you feel you are becoming. Truly a sign that the environment is toxic and lacking in support.
Here are some common characteristics about
Are you in a company or corporation and feel like you have a bulls eye pinned to your forehead?
Are you in a position of attracting undue negative attention from you boss and coworkers?
Do you wonder “How did this happen? It’s never happened to me before. Why ME? Why now?”
If this sounds like something you’re experiencing, even though it may not make logical sense let me describe what may be going on and give you 10 Tips to “Ground” Your Lightening Rod Aspects.
For some, the thought of change is like swallowing a big bad pill—they try to avoid it like the plague. Others love it, almost to the point of addiction—never being content with routine or sense of stability. Other than “death and taxes” one thing you can be certain about is that there will always be change. What is your typical response along the continuum of change?
As you read this, one of my DEEP DIVE V.I.P. Coaching Clients, Dr. Mats Sexton (Pronounced M-aw-ts), is in Argentina. He’s beginning an ascent of the mountain, Aconcagua in Argentina with 10 other climbers and a few guides. Aconcagua is 22,829 ft above sea level. I believe he said the ascent and descent takes a total of three+ weeks. This is number five of the Seven Summits—the tallest mountains on all seven continents with only Mt. Everest being higher than Aconcagua—he plans to climb.
Now THAT takes Insane Courage! So I wanted to celebrate my client. Go Mats!!
Do you resonate with any of these statements?
If you’re experiencing any of the above you are facing tough career choices. As hard as this may sound, it’s important to face—not avoid—the soul-searching and action steps that will move you forward.
Immediate things you can do to empower yourself
I love the act of building things and doing it with vision and creativity. Both builders and artists solve problems and they both have well stocked toolkits.
Entrepreneurial ventures and careers are built and created.
Whether you have own business or work independently—running a group, accounts or project within a company—long-term career success requires a well-stocked toolkit you can count on.
In 2011 I wrote an article about and for those I call “Unconventional Creatives™” entitled Secrets For Late Bloomers: How To Know If You Are A Late Bloomer And What To Do About It. It has wildly high numbers of people who continue to read it. I made a pdf of this article that you can access at the end of today’s Feature Article.
Late Bloomers highlights the Unconventional Creative’s upsides and downsides—the “Gaps” or missing pieces—and what you need to do to -if you are an unconventional creative –to fill in the gaps, so your unique creativity doesn’t hold you back from having a successful business or career.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that what constitutes positive interaction and good communication in your business is often very person or culture specific—unless individual needs are discussed and mutual agreements are made.
For example, some folks like a bit of socializing and banter while others keep to themselves. Some like decision-making authority; some want input and specific directions. Some teams run on meetings and all-business while on other teams people work quite independently. Some get together outside of work while others do not. And so on.
Just before making a big leap or a major breakthrough in your business, everyone hits a wall or experiences a mindset slump. Some people experience this transition as horrible self-doubt, some as hopelessness or defeat. Others may have unexpected outbursts of anger, feel irritable or royally pissed off—at themselves or others.
Of course, it’s always helpful to be conscious of why you may be reacting (notice I said “reacting”) to a big change you WANT in your life and your business. It’s best to become proactive so the reactions don’t sabotage the big changes you are stepping into.