Cultivate Your Professional Resilience

Cultivate Your Professional Resilience

A client recently asked me: "I've been told that the job that I will have later in my career doesn't even exist yet. How do I prepare for that?"

In today's job market, we change not just our positions and companies but our careers more frequently than ever before. This means that we are all navigating change and uncertainty almost constantly. It's hard to keep up with targets and industries that are evolving at such a rapid pace.

And yet, we treat change like it's a scary and unsettling thing that comes around once in a while, and we can't wait until things just get back to normal already. But it's time to wake up to the fact that change is the new normal. The sooner that we learn how to navigate the uncertainty that is a part of everyday, the more resilient, content, and successful we'll be—now and in the future. 

And here's what I think is the key...

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Forget the Linear Path

Forget the Linear Path

"I'm afraid of making a mistake. I'm afraid of making the wrong choice."

One of my clients is wrestling with the next step of her career. She feels as though the path she chooses at this point will determine the course of her career—like one choice is a mountain where she'll start at the bottom and determinedly, over time work her way up to the top.

But what if she makes the wrong choice? Does it mean that if she changes her mind, she'll need to go all the way to the bottom of another mountain and start all over again?

This may have been how things worked in the past, but it's not how they work today... 

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Which Came First: the Leader or the Egg?

Which Came First: the Leader or the Egg?

A client asked me in our session this week: "How do I become a manager? Do I find workshops and trainings that teach me about the skills, or do I get promoted and then start learning how to be a leader? It's a chicken and egg thing, I think."

My client was visualizing herself as the egg, just starting out. But she had just gotten finished telling me that she had supervised interns in the past, served as the project lead on her team, and was given the responsibility of overseeing a relationship with an outside consultant. She also chaired a national professional committee! This gal was no egg.

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