Reorient Yourself And Your Priorities When Facing a Mid-career Crisis
Gratitude often results from this encounter
You're a senior leader in the prime of your career who's attained a degree of professional and personal success. You're keenly aware of the advantages you enjoy and feel grateful for the opportunity to do meaningful work that's well-compensated. You still have financial goals and would enjoy earning more, but that's no longer a primary driver. And yet despite these accomplishments it's not uncommon for you to feel a sense of restlessness or disenchantment. If so, you're similar to a number of my clients.
This is rarely the issue that leads my clients to seek coaching--they're typically in roles that they expect to occupy for the foreseeable future, and they view coaching as a means of becoming a more effective leader. But clients generally engage me as a coach for long periods of time--the average tenure in my practice is over two years--so a wide range of issues may emerge during the process, and their perspective may evolve in a number of ways during our work together.
Your feelings may be arising in response to achievements or changes in your professional life: a certain number of years in your role, a measure of financial security, the new faces and cultural norms that have come with sustained growth, turnover on the executive team or among early employees, a shift in the product or strategy, or even the sale of the company. Or they may be emerging as you reach certain personal milestones: turning 30 or 40 or 50, getting married (or divorced), having a child (or a child leaving home), the death of a parent or loved one, a serious illness, or even a major college or grad school reunion.
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