Category Archives: Career/Job Promotion

Unprepared for Leadership?

Congratulations, you’ve just been promoted to a management position. Now, what do you do?

You’re excited about your new role. But, also a little unsettled because you’re trying to figure things out as you go. Unfortunately, your preparation to step into a leadership role has been minimal to non-existent. Or, given the demands of your new role, not adequate. You haven’t gotten the training or coaching that would help you feel well prepared. Most of what you have to go on are the examples from the managers you’ve worked for or other leaders around you, which may or may not be good examples for you to follow.

Diana David struggled with the same dilemma. She’s a leader whose situation is featured in the new book from the Association for Talent Development, Work the Problem: How Experts Tackle Workplace Challenges. She had moved into a new leadership role in a new company and industry. She had poor leadership examples from her past experience. So, she was uncertain as she tried to figure out how to lead.  Diane inherited a team that was somewhat dysfunctional. She also had a performance issue with one of her employees and didn’t know how to address it. She struggled with what to do to resolve these issues.

Her problem?

Diana was focused on the wrong things. She misread the issues and failed to deal with them before getting out of hand. So, the problems with her team just kept getting worse rather than better. 

Like Diana, you find yourself in situations where your team is impacted by some of your leadership mistakes. As a result….

  • They don’t work together as a team.
  • Your team fell short on an expected goal.
  • The decisions you make sometimes come into question.
  • An employee is not thriving in her role and seems to be just putting in time every day rather than doing her best work.

These are leadership issues you’re all too familiar with. Allow them to linger, and you could also impact your future career potential. Problems don’t just go away by themselves.

How should you handle leadership situations such as these? 

What steps can you take right now to turn things around in leading your team?

In my coaching practice, I help leaders solve these issues and develop into great leaders that people love working for.

Get my take on solving these challenges that Diana, and you, often face.
Download an excerpt from my recommendations in the Association for Talent Development’s new book,
Work the Problem: How Experts Tackle Workplace Challenges.

Stuck in your career?

When was the last time you were facing a crossroads in your career? Probably not that long ago. You may be facing one right now. You’re at a point where you have some decisions to make about the course your career will take.

 Are you in a dead-end job? Have you found yourself with seemingly nowhere to move in the company?  Did someone else get the promotion you had hoped for?  Do you work in a toxic environment? Do you have a ‘terrible’ boss?

Whichever situation you’re in, it can be stressful, frustrating, and suck the energy out of you until you work through it.

Being at a crossroads can feel like you’re at a busy intersection trying to figure out what to do…You’re at a point where you’ve got to make a turn. The decisions and timing of your decisions can be critical to whether you get through this successfully. A GPS would be helpful about now.

Like some of the professionals who reach out to me in my coaching practice, you may be at your wits end. You feel stuck and are not sure how to change your situation. You may be afraid of making a wrong decision. You may risk burning bridges because your emotions get in the way.  You may believe that “it will all work out” or that your boss or HR will be ‘looking out for you.’

You’re getting a lot of different advice from all the people you reach out to. So, whose advice is right? Now, you find yourself with even more possible paths at your crossroads than you came into this with. It can be even more confusing.

Want to stop pulling your hair out, or shutting down and deciding not to do anything?

Download Your Career Crossroads GPS for guidance on how to take intentional, proven steps to move FORWARD, getting you on a much clearer route that’s right for you.