Mid-year Tune-up for Executives, Managers, and Solopreneurs

With my executive coaching clients I like to call this our mid-year tune-up opportunity. Now just might be the perfect time to check-in with yourself and survey your progress. Any surprises? Responsibilities fallen through the cracks? If today were the day for your year-end performance evaluation, salary increase discussion, bonus distribution, customer survey, or time to begin a job search, how would you fare? Did you meet your goals and objectives? Do you have your facts in order to make your case? Would the leaders, clients, and colleagues be able to say what you have accomplished and its impact on ROI?

Ask yourself, “Are things going according to plan?” More important, “Do I have a plan?” “Am I hitting my sales/profit/operating budget goals?” Filled those key positions? Outsourced work I can’t or don’t want to do? Have I handled the weaker performers? Published something, lead a project, or made a significant contribution that will make my colleagues, customers, and supervisor say WOW! Have you placed these new facts on that dynamic, up-to-date resume of yours?

As a coach I also encourage executives and professionals to periodically reassess their personal goals and actions. Many of you have heard me talk about practicing extreme self-care. The example often cited is if the pressure in the airplane falls you put your oxygen mask on first to best assist others. The same is true on the ground. If you are not at your peak, how can you perform to your capabilities and how can you possibly support others? Mid-year might be the perfect time to do a check-up and a tune-up health wise, financially, domestically, as well as professionally.

Here’s my coaching challenge to you.

  1. Go over your work goals (the ones you set back in EOY ‘07). Objectively assess where you stand. Make corrections, possibly alter direction or focus. Partner with your boss and colleagues to guarantee success and get a buy-in NOW.
  2. Do the same for your personal life. Schedule and show up to those medical appointments—even the ones you know will come back, “You’re fine.” Assess and update your financial plan. Maybe your 401K allocation needs adjusting or you’ve fallen behind on your savings plan. Survey your home for tolerations —those annoying things you put up with that need repair, re-gifting, or a toss. Tackle them.
  3. Take a tip from sports psychology—imagine vaulting over the bar, envision a prosperous and abundant third and fourth quarter. Then commit to the level of dedication it takes to achieve the height.

Jane Cranston is an executive coach, career coach and “The Job Search Expert” based in New York City. She shares with success driven executives and professionals techniques, skills and goal setting strategies that advance their careers, increase people management skills and assists them in career change or job search. Receive Jane’s free "Competitive Edge Report" and the free audio download “Creating a Career Strategy” by visiting www.ExecutiveCoachNY.com.

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Jane Cranston - Executive Coach NY (New York)Executive and career coach, “The Job Search Expert,” Jane Cranston understands the challenges and opportunities in the workplace. She integrates years of experience as an accomplished senior executive with global brand name companies, with the lessons learned from opening three successful businesses, and then applies her education and coach training. This sophisticated mix affords her clients her unique perspective, business sensibility, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Jane is the founder and Managing Director of ExecutiveCoachNY, an executive and career coaching business based in New York City with clients nationwide. She coaches success-driven executives and managers to develop a career strategy that accelerates advancement, increases compensation, enhances people-management skills as well as gets the competitive edge in all business activities.

Coaching with Jane is dynamic, structured, forward-focused as well as fun and inspirational. Working with clients in fields such as finance, technology, media and entertainment, real estate, and the law, she assists them in recognizing and achieving their full potential at work and in their personal lives.

Clients claim coaching with Jane has “changed my career focus,” “helped me better understand how to motivate my staff,” “given me ideas that have increased my income by $100,000s,” and “made me realize what is my part and what isn’t,” and claim coaching is “the best thing you could do for yourself.”

Jane’s soon to be published “Great Job Tough Times” is a step-by-step job search system designed to assist managers and executives looking for employment, or contemplating leaving their current positions, with their resume writing, interviewing skills, networking techniques, and negotiating need to get the right job fast.

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