*I don’t have anywhere near the resources I did in my last company
*My executive supporters have all left and now I am on my own
*The acquisition has minimized the scope of my role
*The person I hired isn’t turning out to be as promised
*The complexity of my new role is enormous compared to what I was told
*I could feature my current boss in a weekly Dilbert cartoon and still not cover everything they do wrong.
These are just a few of the common themes I have heard from executives in the last couple of months.
It is easy to feel the weight of disappointment and many executives get stuck in the corporate equivalent of quick sand. Flailing your arms and legs will actually exacerbate your situation and you will sink faster. Same applies in corporate life, don’t run around in angst about your terrible situation instead follow these three simple steps:
1) Face your current reality: talk with someone you trust, outline exactly what is reality and what you are exaggerating in your head.
2) Map out your options: I often ask executives - are you ready to quit? - that frames an option that we all can choose, to simply walk away. If that is not an immediate option, you know you have to work to find a solution.
3) Confront the issue head on: talk to your boss, your board, or where ever the issue lies. Explain what you see and how you want to resolve it, often the solution is far closer and far easier than you think.
Remember, flailing your arms, won’t just cause you to sink deeper in the quicksand, it will pull down your team and everyone else around you.
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