Joel has helped me raise my team’s game to a whole new level and I have learned to delegate more effectively. My relationships with peers, direct reports and key decision-makers have improved markedly, making me a more confident leader who recognizes the impact and value I bring to the organization.
Laurie Hanover, Senior Director,
Levi Stratuss & Compnay
Where have all the leaders gone? Perhaps some of them are just temporarily invisible.
While Sue, a client of mine, was interviewing an IBM executive recently, she suddenly saw before her the leader she once aspired to become. Meeting this woman was like opening a bottle of champagne. Her passion and enthusiasm were contagious. She was capable, strong, confident and articulate.
Sue thought to herself, "That could be me! That’s the person I had hoped to become. Where did she go? And how can I get her back?"
Sue realized that she needed to make a change. But then she took a wrong turn. Instead of focusing on changing herself, Sue’s first reaction was to change her circumstances. She was determined to join a new company and make a fresh start. She thought that her work environment had caused her to hide her true personal style.
“Not so fast,” I told her. “It's not about the environment; it's about who you are. When you started this job, you decided to hide. The end result is that you lost your true self. Now that you know that, you have the power to change. You can't change the company, but you can change yourself. Let's focus on acting differently right where you are."
Sue knew she was able to be herself with her own team, people below her, partners/clients and sometimes even with her boss. Her passive, introspective self came to life when she was around her superiors. When it came to working with the senior executives, she felt she didn't know enough to contribute.
Even though she often knew as much (if not more) than her superiors, she surrendered her power and confidence to them. She let herself disappear. She was afraid she would say something wrong and be reprimanded so she minimized herself in their presence. She began to recreate her powerful leader self with this ten-point plan.
Hire Joel Garfinkle to help you develop a step-by-step plan to take you from where you are to where you want to be.Are you surrendering your power and confidence instead of letting your light shine in the presence of your company's leaders?
This is your time to put a stake in the ground and to begin the journey of being a beacon of strength for yourself. You are willing to stand up for yourself. To stand up for your own powerful presence that yearns to be fully realized.
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JOEL GARFINKLE is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Visit Joel online at Garfinkle Executive Coaching. Subscribe to his Fulfillment@Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, 40 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!”
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