Are You a Chameleon?

As we head into the holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on this year’s accomplishments as well as next year’s objectives. Some of my executive coaching clients tend to focus only on the negatives and need to be reminded of their successes. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through 360 degree feedback.

I recently completed a 360 degree feedback process for several technically accomplished individuals who are most comfortable with a detailed, analytical communication style. I am working with them to leverage their strengths in other areas and to adjust their style to reach different audiences. Each of these clients is developing their ability to provide a high level overview to senior executive audiences as well as a more general approach for non-technical colleagues.

Like a chameleon, adapting your style will enhance the way your audience sees and hears you. How can you ensure that your message is getting through?

• Learn as much as possible about your audience
• Ask for input on how best to communicate with them
• Review your presentation with a trusted advisor who can give you valuable feedback
• Adjust the level of detail accordingly
• Follow up to confirm clarity

I invite you to try on something different in your next discussion or presentation and let me know how it is received.

Are You Settling for Less Than You Deserve?

After listening to a friend explain why she wasn’t pursuing a job opportunity that would enhance her career, I commented, “If you’re willing to settle for less than what you deserve, that’s all you will get.”  A look of resignation crossed her face and she said, “You’re right.”  She committed to resisting the temptation to make a move just to escape her current situation.

What about you?  Are you settling for less than what you deserve in your career?

  • Do you need to reevaluate your priorities and dedicate yourself to getting what you want instead of settling for what you can get?
  • Are you clear about what you want?
  • What resources do you need and how will you get them?
  • What are the potential obstacles you might encounter and how will you handle them?
  • Who will support you in this process?

I encourage you to commit to getting what you deserve.  To explore this further, contact me at



Removing Barriers to Career Success

How do you let go of things that cause tension and get in the way of your career success?

Have you ever been in the dentist’s office, wondering if you could avoid a tension headache by releasing your grip on the arms of the chair?  It works!  Here are some steps to letting go of things like frustration, unrealistic expectations, or resentment that cause tension and prevent career success:

1. Identify the source of tension
2. Ask yourself what you’re getting from holding on
3. Specify the benefits of letting go
4. Make the changes necessary to reap those benefits

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if you need help removing barriers to your career success.