Exec Coaching: What’s Your Challenge?

What is holding you back from the life/career you want?

Do any of the following quotes describe your situation?

  1. “I am smart and work really hard – but I am not getting ahead in my career.”
  2. “Over time, I have seen less competent peers rise ahead of me. It is frustrating!”
  3. “Recently I got ‘de-railed‘ (fired, demoted, had someone brought in over me). I am angry, upset and depressed.”
  4. “Our company just got acquired or new executive management is coming in. I want to be ready for the shift.”
  5. “I am shifting roles from an individual contributor role to being a manager and leader. My success is now through others, and I need to better delegate, inspire others to get the job done, deal with different personalities – and manage up.”
  6. “I work in a complex, geographically distributed team or work remote and do not sit in headquarters. How do I make sure I am not forgotten by those in control?”
  7. “I do my job extremely well and my role is critical at my company.. but I usually only get attention when thing go wrong (common issue with IT or Operations). My KPIs each year get ratcheted up and people forget the great work I do. How do I ensure I am not taken for granted?”
  8. “I am getting ready for a career/life change. I am afraid of making a sudden or dumb move – and frankly a bit scared to leave my current position, which is comfortable.”
  9. “I am happy where I am, but am planning for a larger leap in 2-5 years (for example, go independent). I believe I could be more aggressive laying the groundwork for that now – what are ways to do that?”
  10. “I am introverted or feel uncomfortable just thinking about ‘networking’, even though I know it is important. I feel this may be detrimental to my long-term career but how can I get over this fear?”
  11. “How can I build my reputation as thought leader or recognized go-to-person in my company/industry/country?
  12. “How do I bridge being authentic, positive and liked with being forceful and making tough or unpopular decisions?”
  13. “I am a [woman, minority, introvert, or Asian] and feel I get bypassed or overlooked at my company because of that.”
  14. Or the inverse: “I am white, male, extroverted – and amazing at what I do – but feel the organization wants to promote other types to improve diversity. How do I keep my career moving?”
  15. “I am a start-up person and recently joined a larger corporation. There is lots of bureaucracy and politics. How can I make an impact quickly and over the long-term? I know making a first impression is critical.”
  16. “I am trying to land my first job post-MBA – or now that I have accepted my job offer, I want to make sure I become successful there.”
  17. “I have to deal with adversaries in my company / industry who would like nothing more than to see me fail, and they look for every opportunity to undercut me or keep me in place. How can I creatively and productively deal with that?”
  18. “I have gotten feedback from my peers/managers/mentors that I do not come across well or as executive material, and I believe it has hurt me. I need help with executive presence.”
  19. “I want to better mobilize key stakeholders and my team.”
  20. “I am told I am a great boss and find I spend too much time helping my team – but I find I do not spend enough time focusing on myself and my own career trajectory and advancement! I don’t manage up enough.”
  21. “I am preparing for an overseas assignment, outside my country. How should I best get ready?”
  22. “I had a coach but after we stopped working with each other, I realize I had become dependent on him/her to push me. I need someone who will help me, but give me the tools to coach myself in the long-term.”
  23. “I know the things I need to do to improve, but I fall back into old/bad habits. What are ways to ensure new habits and behaviors stick?”
  24. “People love me and my work and praise me, but they don’t seem to want to work with me. In other words, people come and listen but they don’t select or hire me for projects.”
  25. “I am a teacher/professional and realize that my job is really about influence and persuasion. I could use feedback on how to be more effective communicating and getting my audience/clients to embrace me.”
  26. “I cringe when I think that I have to better market and sell myself, but I realize I have a ton to learn. I am very uncomfortable about “selling myself.” Where do I start?

If any of these situations resonate with you, you are not alone.

Working with an Executive Coach may help. Coaches can help you see your challenge in a new light or give you tools, feedback and a framework to work through it.

I coach MBA’s, rising professionals, and senior executives on precisely these topics. In fact, the 26 quotes above are ones that executives have worked with me on. They are issues I see regularly and have become my specialty areas of focus:

  • ACCELERATING YOUR CAREER: Help you “Lean In” to accelerate your advancement (“my career is stalling, I keep getting bypassed for promotions”)
  • CAREER CHANGES / RECOVERING FROM DERAILMENT: Help you plan a change of role/industry/company – or recover and get back on your feet after a nasty setback (“I want to be proactive.”)
  • ROLE/RESPONSIBILITY TRANSITIONS: Help you make the critical shift from individual contributor to Manager – or Manager to Senior Leader. (“I know the skills that that got me promoted are not the same skills I will need to succeed in my new role.”)
  • EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: Help you ensure people remember you, want to work you, want to follow you. (“I need to improve how people perceive me.”)
  • BECOME KNOWN: Help you increase your visibility as a subject matter expert or go-to-person in your organization or outside. (“Becoming known will have a huge long-term impact on my career.”)
  • HABIT FORMATION: Help you make better life/work decisions and also develop productive habits. (“I am not interesting in success for 1 month – I want change that sticks over time.”)
  • MOVING/WORKING ABROAD: Help you prepare for an assignment abroad (in particular, China). (“This is the posting/opportunity of a lifetime that I need to be prepared for, especially since it is so foreign for me.”)

If you are interested in learning more:

  • Contact me directly michael.wenderoth [at] gmail.com or better, for a faster response, fill out the form below, at the bottom of this page. Let me know what specific issue/area above you are facing, with a few short words about you.
  • See my tip sheet on how to best select an Executive Coach and learn more about me. If you choose to work with an Executive Coach, make sure to understand their philosophy, working style, what you can reasonably expect to achieve out of the relationship — and importantly, if he or she will be a good “fit”.

Good luck!

Best, Michael

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