We have coached many clients to help them find more fulfillment and success in their work. As you might expect, each client defines meaning and success differently, so the coaching process has different parameters for each person: it could involve negotiating different responsibilities in a current role, leaving a job, changing careers, or making larger-scale life changes toward entirely new ways of living and working. Whatever the situation, if you are motivated to be more successful in your career, think about these 10 career success strategies:
In an earlier post I wrote about research showing that the most effective leaders go beyond time management skills to use high-performing habits throughout their workday. These are meaningful at work, and yet, the activities that impact our effectiveness do not end when we go home. In fact, the habits we create during our “off-work hours” can be some of the most impactful on our focus, creativity, resilience and physical and mental energy – all of which we need in large supply to successfully navigate the the average workday.
Designing Your Life - How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.
The authors of this well-written book teach a "Design your Life" course at Stanford, and believe that in order to change, people need a thoughtful, designed process to succeed. As a coach, I agree. If you want to move forward, you need to know where you are going, and how to get there. Recommended for anyone that wants life to be a little more meaningful.
The fast-paced, 'always-on' work environment of today comes with real downsides; forced to multitask, and constantly reacting to interruptions and demands, our brains - already full by mid-morning - start to feel a sense of overwhelm, and we lose our focus and ability to prioritize, and we become more emotionally reactive. The result: less productivity. Whether you are a leader of a team, or an individual contributor, this has real impact on your day. Imagine the impact on your day if you could reclaim even 10% of your mental effectiveness and productivity.
The way to reclaim your mental effectiveness is now scientifically proven, and doesn't require more than 10 minutes per day:
Executive Presence by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.
Based on a nationwide survey of college graduates working across a range of sectors and occupations, Sylvia Hewlett and the Center for Talent Innovation discovered that EP is a dynamic, cohesive mix of appearance, communication, and gravitas. This book covers the basics of Executive Presence with practical advice and real-life examples.
No matter where you are in your leadership development, developing a “coaching” relationship with your team is one of the most meaningful things you can do. Leaders who coach understand that they have the biggest impact, not by doing the most, but by inspiring and motivating others.
Studies have shown that failure to have a coaching approach is one of the biggest reasons why performance development fails. And a study conducted by Bersin concluded that leaders who coach frequently improve business results by as much as 21 percent.
Coaching is impactful because it connects each individual’s professional development goals with the goals of the organization. Coaching at its best is skill that great leaders use daily, both informally and formally. Some approaches to develop a “coaching” approach in your daily leadership:
Values define what is most important to us. They are the basis by which we make decisions, and are the motivations behind our work and our passions. Yet, often our values are so deeply ingrained in our way of being that we lose sight of what they are and the extent to which they shape our actions. Values discovery is a powerful way to get reconnected with your values, and who you truly are. When you are clear on your values, decisions become easier, because your choices will align with your values.