Our series jumps ahead with Executive Coaching to Stop Overwhelm
Here’s more of The Inside View with Barry Pogorel
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How does accomplishment turn into overwhelm?
- You’re on track in your career. Results are strong. You’ve been promoted or you’re working hard on being promoted.
- Your schedule is packed.
- One meeting leads to the next meeting or call. Videoconferences, projects meetings, unplanned interruptions, endless emails, people to manage, travel, someone who just ‘has to speak with you right now,’ luncheons, dinners, that unexpected problem.
- You’re waiting for a slowdown, a break, to catch your breath and to just simply catch up. And…it never comes. In fact, the amount of “stuff” to deal with is increasing. At moments, it’s a little scary.
- You plan on catching up some evening, or on the weekend. This cuts into your personal time. And it’s never enough time anyway. You experience some guilt about taking time away from your family.
Here it comes…
The work is good. You like what you do. It may even be exciting. But you’re bothered.
- Where is the time for your family? For exercise? For rest? How long can you keep this pace up?
- You feel buried under a mountain of things to deal with. You may experience frustration, struggle, distraction, stress, overwhelm, even procrastination.
- And sometimes, in a rare moment of reflection, you wonder where all this is going. Perhaps you feel like all this is keeping you from making the difference you really want to make with your life. You ask, what is this all about, ultimately? Money? Position? More advancement? To what end?
What aspect of this resonates most? What sounds like the inner thoughts that rise unbidden about your own life?
Too many executives hide their real answer to this question from others— and from themselves.
The amount of work is increasing everywhere. How do you deal with it all?
The old fashioned “time-management” systems—prioritizing into A’s, B’s, C’s and 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc. just doesn’t work anymore.
Most available systems were designed at a time prior to the deluge of work we are all facing now.
Incremental improvement is not even close to what you need.
Is there a way out of overwhelm that actually works?
It may look impossible.
And… YES, there is an alternative.
It is a brilliant new approach that produces a genuine breakthrough in your ability to deal with everything you have to do and handle in your entire life, leaving nothing out.
A new methodology that includes:
- new principles,
- work habits, and
- a structure/system that leaves you with power, freedom, and peace of mind.
… is what it takes to end overwhelm and stress, to exponentially increase your productivity and effectiveness.
Ready to leap ahead? Call me at (310) 730-6355 to find out more about Executive Coaching to stop overwhelm. (Or, you can Opt-IN for an appointment in the box at right.)
Our series continues with a post on Executive Coaching for teams . Something Impossible?
Enjoy The Inside View with Barry Pogorel
What happens after a merger takes place?
That’s when senior executives are left with the often daunting task of making the merger work in the real world, with real people.
This case study may surprise you as Barry’s executive coaching for teams set about creating a new context for formerly very competitive foes.
Post-merger, what these new teams faced: Something Impossible
Post-merger, the new company was disjointed. The newly formed executive teams in the various regions of the world were made up of executives who had previously been fierce competitors.
Overall, the company’s performance was impacted by all this and in a declined state.
I worked with one region of the world as a pilot to see if we could transform it into a high-performance team/culture in a short time frame and produce a breakthrough in results.
I began working the regions executive team in a “leadership intensive”: 5 days in one month, and 5 more days a month later. We began by creating a “safe space” in which people were encouraged to be candid. The president promised this.
We examined, person by person, their strengths and defenses: we looked at each person’s formulaic ways of winning—their personal strategies.
Then we looked at each of their typical responses to threats. After a while, everyone saw that underneath the variations, there was a kind of template—something very human and universal.
A note here: my work is not psychological—but rather ontological. That is, having to do with being (ontos in Greek means “being”). And there is a generalizable “being” of being a leader. A fundamental structure that has to do with certain habitual ways of thinking, communicating, relating, and acting, like a piece of software that reliably repeats itself.
Was is the real challenge in executive coaching for teams ? Could they let their guard down?
We went around the room, person by person, exploring her/his “ways of being.” It became apparent to everyone that, although they had different variations on the theme, there in fact was an underlying theme as to how they succeeded and how they responded to threat or danger that was universal.
Everyone increasingly let their guard down, as they saw the common humanity in the room.
The president proposed, in this new-found collegiality and partnership, that they take on something big together—something impossible: a breakthrough in market share throughout the entire region.
They asked if I would train the various local executive teams in the same material and get them all on board, which I did.
A Revolutionary Result:
In a year when the region was experiencing a recession, they produced a breakthrough in market share and surpassed every crucial financial measure.
The corporate president acknowledged them for not only their superb performance beyond any other region in the world, but also for having become a seamless team.
The executives not only made something that had seemed impossible happen, but also had real breakthroughs in their own development as leaders.
Your comments and questions are invited. about this post or any issues you’d like to see in the series.
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