Fate or Quest – What’s Your Choice?

Busy Person Attaching Many Sticky Notes On Large Window“I’m just not cut out for a senior leader role,” said Jessie. “I keep getting stuck. People won’t collaborate with me.”

“And what do you need to do about that?” asked her coach.

“I don’t know,” she said. “Maybe I’d be better off just going back to managing my own division. Maybe that’s what was meant to be.” Continue reading

Managing the ‘New Leader Expectations’ Trap

Young creative manager feeling the pressure“I’ve only been in my new role two months, and already I’m totally overwhelmed,” gasped Audrey. “Everyone wants a piece of me. And I can’t possibly live up to all their expectations!”

Audrey was a strong player in the organization when she took on her new role. She had done some impressive work in her previous assignments, and when she took on the leadership of a business unit with some problems, expectations of her were outsized. Everyone from her boss to her employees to her business partners was looking for major change in the twinkle of an eye. And Audrey felt an obligation to respond glowingly. After all, this was why she’d been promoted into this role, and it could be her career-breakout position. Continue reading