I have been speaking a lot recently to professional women’s networks. The question of confidence often comes up. Women will talk about lacking the confidence to take on a more senior role, to stand up for something (often themselves), to…
I regularly work with coaching clients who are in major transitions. I’ve been brought in because they are a high-value, high-stakes hire and the company wants to ensure they are successful in the new role. They are often completely overwhelmed when I meet them. They’re absorbing huge amounts of information, meeting new people at every turn, and in some cases have just moved to a new city, house, kids’ schools etc. They feel the pressure to perform, to deliver on all they promised during the interview process.
Here are the most important things to remember if you’re in a transition like that: Prioritize what’s most important and get started on that, some things will just have to wait. Get out of your office and build relationships, travel to work sites, meet people up and down the food chain. This gets harder later. Take care of yourself, keep normal routines for exercise and healthy eating or you’ll be quickly drained. Finally, and most importantly, remember that it will never be as bad as it is now. You will never know as little as you do that first week. As each week and month passes, you’ll know more than the previous week, month, quarter and so on. This is a temporary state, not permanent. That’s why it’s called a transition.
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