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Posts Tagged ‘career satisfaction’

A Tale of Two Calls

It was the best of times, it was the worst… Oops. It’s calls, not cities. Unlike Dickens’ Tale, this one is true. Recently, I conducted two coaching calls that couldn’t be more different—best and worst. The first call was from a manager who was of the opinion that the partners’ expectations of him were beyond […]

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Swim To The Deep End

In a recent coaching call with a manager, I was reminded of how easy it is to conform your thinking to your environment. For her, she described her specialty practice and that her clients are in a regional reach. Her enthusiasm was infectious and I was drawn to her storyline. But as we talked, my […]

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Lessons About Satisfaction

I just returned from Las Vegas where I facilitated a firm leaders conference. It is an annual event where a group of partners from around the U.S. meet to discuss leadership in their firms and confer with each other for advice and guidance. It was an exceptional conference and one that inspired and equipped them […]

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Chart Your Own Course

Many firms are in the season of annual reviews. While many people have a less-than-positive experience with them, they can be very beneficial. These annual meetings should be a report on your career progress, not a report on your performance. Performance feedback should be given on a regular basis throughout the year and the annual […]

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Autonomy For Good?

You and other service professionals share a common trait that drives you to the profession. It’s called autonomy. It’s a positive trait that is really important to you—one of the benefits that contributes to your sense of fulfillment. When you are unable to enjoy your freedom, you feel less energized and less motivated. The importance […]

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Are You The Reason They Leave?

I really enjoy the calls I get from clients who just want to get another perspective or a suggestion on how to approach a delicate situation. This call was no different. The call came from a manager of a client firm in the southeastern U.S. He was a discouraged high performer who was ready to […]

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Set Goals For You

I read over the weekend that the Ford F-150 pickup will sport a new grille, wheels and other tweaks for the 2018 model—just two years after a new version design and a couple of years before the next planned redesign. Apparently, the Ford truck has enjoyed being a bestselling truck for about 40 years. So […]

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The Question Never Ends

If your career success were represented as a target, what would you label the bullseye? How much money you made? The degree of status you achieved? The depth of expertise in your discipline? The complex problems you solved? The number and quality of relationships you formed? I would make a case that your sense of […]

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Resist The Temptation

Can you think of a time where you want to win, but you just show up and begin—no warm up, no stretching, no preparation—and expect to do well? There is always a sequence, mental and physical preparation, and a routine you follow simply BECAUSE you want to succeed. So why would anything be different this […]

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Be Full And Unstoppable

It’s just awful to be running on empty. From your gas tank, to your stomach, empty is unpleasant and ultimately ends poorly if you don’t do something about it. You’ve learned this truth and are attentive to schedule your fill ups. The same applies to filling up your motivation tank. Expecting to be motivated without […]

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