Many Washingtonians are deeply invested in their work-life. Thus, many are interested in learning more about career and executive counseling in Washington, DC. People often ask, “What is career and executive counseling?” And, importantly, what are the benefits of this kind of consultation?
For those early in their career and for career changers, career and executive counseling can help you to:
Identify your work-life goals
Develop a strategy for pursuing them
Overcome roadblocks that get in your way
Understand and navigate challenging workplace situations and people
For organizational and corporate leaders, career and executive counseling can help you to:
Effectively manage your boss
Lead your team
Collaborate with your colleagues
Build an atmosphere of respect and trust
Pursue a promotion
Strengthen workplace morale
Improve your organizational culture
Work with challenging bosses and colleagues
Build diverse teams for competitive advantage
Create an atmosphere of inclusivity
Address workplace conflicts
Deal with other workplace challenges
Understand and manage organizational dysfunction
Find a job with a better fit
Develop and implement your entrepreneurial ideas
To learn more about how I think about work-life and corporate dynamics, here are links to my nationally-syndicated, Washington Business Journal column, Corporations on the Couch”.
“Be specific: Lynn Friedman, Corporations on the Couch columnist, wants to think about failure: “Before embarking in a new business, envision a perfect outcome in which you have achieved all your goals, successfully.
Describe it in detail. Include products and services, profits, number of employees and an array of business considerations. Also think about the impact you’d like to make and the recognition you’d like to get.
‘Ask yourself, ‘What are the benefits of success?’ Then, ask, ‘What are the advantages of failure?’ Tune into the inhibitions that you may have about success: Will it strain certain relationships? Alter your role in your family? Change how you see yourself?’
‘Take stock of both the advantages of success and, baffling enough, the advantages of failure.’”
Here are my Corporation on the Couch articles on Career and Executive Counseling
Analyze this: My job, my life and why I’m not thrilled – Many successful people are frustrated and unhappy at work. But how does one clarify and resolve work-life issues? How does one know if one needs help? And, after deciding that help might be useful, how does one know what kind to seek? An important starting point is to identify the work-life conflict. In general, people struggle with three work-life conflicts: What do I want to do with my life? How do I go about pursuing my goals? How do I galvanize myself to get started? What sort of career and executive counseling here in Washington DC?
A turncoat boss requires special care – Your boss isn’t a man of his word. He’s unreliable. How do you understand his untrustworthy behavior and how might you work effectively with him?
Don’t let your subordinates delegate work to you – You’ve hired an employee to lighten your load, but at every turn the drag their heels, demand endless supervision and generally drain your time and your resources. What’s going on and what can you do about it?
‘Retiring in place’ may point to management isssues – Many workplaces tolerate long-term employees who aren’t doing their jobs. Over time, other employees learn to work around them, often taking on parts of their jobs. Allowing this sort of behavior has a profound impact on organizational culture and morale. This column examines the effect of this dynamic.
Managers must put the brakes on back stabbing – You are an officer of a board of trustees, and you have become aware of dissension in the ranks. Beleaguered by constant gossiping, backbiting and insubordination, the corporate workplace is not a happy one. Despite the poor morale, only the stars seem to leave.
Employee misconduct can be used as a learning tool – It’s ugly — and, you wish you hadn’t discovered it. But you did. You’re a senior vice president, and you’ve uncovered a “borrowing” incident among the rank and file. Melinda, a clerk, has been misappropriating small amounts of petty cash.
Successful Parents must let Kids Learn from Failure – As a CEO, you wonder why your young adult child, has graduated from a prestigious college and is living downstairs in your basement. This article explores how parents might prevent, “Failure to Launch”.
Get the right diagnosis before treating HR woes – Consultants are often asked to conduct workshops with the implicit expectation that the workshop will magically change the corporate culture. This is unrealistic and will likely backfire. Instead, corporate leaders seeking organizational change are encouraged to have candid talks describing organizational dynamics and corporate goals with their consultant prior to planning an intervention.
Needy bosses and the employees who need a break – Needy bosses can make inappropriate demands. Yet, setting limits with them can be extremely tricky. How do you understand and deal with these inappropriate demands? And, what steps can you take to effectively handle the situation?
Coping mechanisms at work: More harm than good? – How do you help and support a superb employee who is sabotaging herself? You are neither a coach nor a psychoaanlyst, but here are some things that you can do to help her to become more self-aware.
When attempts to delegate boomerang, watch out – You’re a high-ranking successful administrator in your organization, which often means you’ve taken on too many jobs and done them too well. This, in turn, has led to more assignments.
Errant employees are a window into your culture – When employees don’t do their job, others work around them and pick up the slack. Before firing errant employees, consider each person’s role in this, albeit inadvertent, cover-up. This column explores the kinds of factors that may be at play.