Here’s the good news – it’s very common to feel like you’re stuck in a career rut.
I work with Career Coaching clients all the time who aren’t sure how or why they got there, and they definitely don’t know what to do next.
The key is overcoming those unexpected obstacles that stand between you and your career dreams. And that starts with identifying how you got “cornered” in the workplace to begin with.
I believe there are four ways people get cornered professionally – which one do you identify with the most?
- Cornered By Self – Believe it or not, a lot of us are holding ourselves back. Some people don’t know their strengths and weaknesses. Some are shy, others are afraid of becoming one of “them” (disliked management types), and some even get to be so good at their job that their managers would never move them out of it!
- Cornered By Others – This is what most people probably assume corners them – “the man.” The boss who pays no attention. The sabotaging coworker. A faulty company management structure. Working alongside incompetents. Sound familiar?
- Cornered By Industry – This can mean a number of things. Falling behind in a tech-savvy workplace, getting stuck in the middle of a merger or acquisition, reaching the top of the ladder with nowhere to go, and a hiring freeze are all examples.
- Cornered By Culture – Too often, people don’t recognize that the culture in which they work isn’t a good fit for them until its too late.
In my book, From Cornered To Corner Office, I give a number of examples to further define each of these ways of being “cornered”, and then give helpful ideas as to how to overcome each challenge successfully.
Together, we’ll take you to the next level.