Situation: Sometimes people stick it out in toxic work environments for far too long. They don’t even realize how deleterious the situation has become because it’s been deteriorating bit by bit. And then when the situation is really horrible, they often become paralyzed and can’t, because of damage to their self-esteem, find the first step…
After 18 years working in the Middle East, “Jane” was ready to go back home to the West Coast. Her internal voice looped the following questions over and over again: “How can I leave this great, global leadership and project management career of 18 years in the Middle East to return to the US? It’s my life, family and work. I’ve spent the majority of my work life in the oil patch
“Lisa,” an HR executive rock star, was at a crossroads. She had taken some time off to recharge and assess her next career move. Should she pursue her next great corporate leadership opportunity or consider something very different as an executive coach, a profession she was drawn to and consistent with the results of her assessments?
“John,” an accomplished non-profit CFO, reached out for help navigating the roller coaster of personal and organizational changes resulting from a new executive leadership team. John and I initially worked through the psychology of personal change and coping strategies to take back his personal power, which had been substantially diminished over a period of a year.
Cathy, a dynamic woman in her late 30s, came to us with a mission. She wanted to know what her career options were, what her next great role would be. As a senior-level executive for a consulting firm, she spent her workdays helping state agencies best utilize government healthcare resources. Her goal was to get back to the corporate world, and wanted clarity that she was doing the right thing.
Andrew’s story is all too familiar. The recession impacted his career and, despite an objectively impressive resume, he couldn’t get traction to move into a more elevated position. And even though Andrew, an extrovert, didn’t outwardly exhibit a lack of confidence, it was clearly affecting his approach to his job search.
After a corporate acquisition and subsequent restructuring/downsizing, our team was tapped to help 12 senior-level executives transition into new jobs. With over 15 years at the acquired company, Sarah initially panicked at the idea of re-entering the job market after she lost her job. She’d been at the same firm for so long, she couldn’t see herself anywhere else.
An LA-based actor, stand-up comic, barista, copywriter, poet and nanny, 26-year-old Kate came to us when she was at a career crossroads, looking to answer the “what next” question. Highly ambitious, creative, and with an extensive yet eclectic resume, Kate was, quite simply, all over the place. She had realized she needed to up her game if she wanted to stop living hand-to-mouth and prepare, financially, for her future.
With a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise physiology/athletic training, it was a natural that David landed his first job out of college (in the mid-‘90s) as a trainer with the Baltimore Orioles, followed by similar positions with the Expos and then the Red Sox. After seven years, he shifted his focus and obtained a law degree.