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What are some typical concerns?
Many people have concerns about their work. They are overly stressed, underachieving, underpaid, overly criticized, stuck in dead ends, and chasing after promises their employers will never keep.
Add in the current economic situation: some people are more afraid now than ever to make changes. This greatly increases the feeling of being stuck, frustrated, and feeling dead ended. Many people want to achieve higher career or job goals. But they wonder if their personalities and skills are a good match for their work, or if there could be a better alignment between what they are tackling and their personalities.
One common example is a person who is great with ideas, but who has trouble pulling things off. In contrast, some people are great with tactical details and know how to pull something off, but run into problems of seeming to be autocratic or inflexible. In both cases, talented people are being frustrated at not being able to meet demands of their work.
Another example is someone who is doing well and maybe even making good money, but just isn't happy in that type of work. Is an attitude adjustment needed, or is the mismatch so great it can not be ignored any longer?
Professionals working in turbulent environments Many professionals in the DC area are relied on for professional judgment. But because the culture changes so rapidly, and information comes at you from so many places, it is challenging to stay relevant. Many professionals work in groups or have large networks, and here again, it is challenging to know how to produce findings taking many different perspectives into account. In the world of business, the term "reflexive practitioner" refers to professionals who take on complexity without insisting on certainty. I have expertise in working with professionals to see how they can work more effectively within turbulent, multi-faceted environments.
Recent Publication: Book chapter "Reflexive Personality" in "Reflexive Practice: Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World" by Kent Myers. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
What can be done to improve your worklife?
People wonder if they could make changes and stay in the same job, if they need to change jobs, or if they need to get into a whole new line of work. Do you need an attitude adjustment, or could improvements be made in conjunction with your employer, or do you really need to move on? Do you need a new work environment within the same industry or is it time for a new career field? Would additional training be needed? Is now the time you can pull that off?
We can work to clarify a personís view of their work and improve their work satisfaction. If you are putting up your own psychological roadblocks to progress, we can work to remove them. It is important to get a realistic view of your interests, skills and abilities, and personal values and match those up with your chosen career and work environments.