I see this a lot in the corporate setting. People wear “busy” like a badge of honor. Early in my career I did too. It’s our way of grasping at perfection or averting the fear that is under the surface. Either way it’s a dance away from intimacy - away from the story we’re attached to that is fraught with flawed perceptions.
I don’t have time.
I don’t have enough experience.
I’m too old.
I’m too young.
I’ll never get this right.
It hasn’t worked til now so what’s the point?
If I let up, I’ll never catch up.
I’m too overwhelmed to think of a different way.
I have to try harder than others.
I’ll sit back and let my work ethic speak for itself.
Hard work is not a differentiator at the senior level. Everyone works hard there. You have to show self-awareness, be able to manage your emotions in the moment, strategize quickly especially in a crisis moment, execute a well articulated vision, listen deeply, develop good relationships, draw healthy boundaries and demonstrate self-acceptance.
I’m really excited about a new coaching program I’m creating for leaders who want more than just job advancement. That’s not enough. They want their highest genius to show up in their career, in relationships and in life. They want closer relationships with their partner, friends, children and colleagues. They want executive presence that calls for a promotion or new role. They want to get off the treadmill to nowhere and step past the closed door of assumptions and expectations through the open door of being a “must have” colleague, friend, partner, confidant.
If you’ve been thinking about working with me, reach out and I’ll share the details. It’s a breakthrough from self-sabotage and doubt to confidence, connection and calm.
If you want more executive presence tips here’s a link to my FREE report: 31 Success Practices for Leaders in the High Stakes Corporate World
P.S. Feel free to forward this email to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life looking for a hand to hold. Sometimes we must be the hand that reaches out.
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Request a free consultation call.
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