Jim just took a big financial hit. He could take it no longer. Being powerless was more than he could bear.Jim’s story is not unique. Many people I talk to are suffering as Jim did, though many don’t make a commitment to action. At 47, he feels he is running out of time. An engineer by trade, he has always taken great pride in his technical skills. Innovative, intelligent, and hard-working. He also has a good heart and wants to do his very best for his employer. A couple of years back he left his job because of a significant disagreement with a co-worker. This colleague was a game player, through and through. Taking advantage of Jim and manipulating him into a position where he fell from grace. Jim’s exit was inevitable. The next job took some finding but eventually the perfect opportunity arose. A small company desperate for his specialist knowledge. Delighted with the opportunity, Jim rolled up his sleeves and got to work. Read More
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How to reach your tipping point, beyond which, life becomes so much easier.This is important. Tipping points usually arrive just after your darkest hour, when all seemed lost, hopeless. I don’t wish to be overly dramatic, but it is true. Although, it is also possible to avoid the need for a tipping point entirely. One of my current coaching clients achieved this. Let’s call her Beryl (because it is fun to imagine her reaction when she reads this). Beryl had been on a desperately needed vacation, fully expecting that she would be leaving her company, of her own volition, when she returned. She’d had a belly full of the put-downs, disrespect and discourtesy. In a heavily male-dominated environment, she felt isolated, and nobody took her seriously – because she was a woman. The relationship with her boss was strained. Although they’d known each other for a long time, Beryl felt he Read More
- She is highly capable and had been flying high with widespread sponsorship. Her performance was well respected and her career progression seemed assured.
- Then, the merger happened. Her boss exited.
- A new boss came along with a very different approach. Some would say demanding, others a tad bullying. His high standards were clear (at least to him) although that didn’t extend to his own behaviour towards others.
- Maria weathered the storm, not quite bullied, but close to it. She continued to perform well, however her confidence took a battering from the relentless demands, critique and lack of positive feedback.
- Finally, he was “moved on” and another boss came in. Early hopes of a return to favour have yet to materialise. The new boss is cold, disinterested and providing neutral/vague feedback to Maria.
- So, Maria is close to resigning, unable to get the recognition she feels is deserved. She loves her job, and works hard to get good results, but has been unable to influence the key relationships around her over the last few years.
- Right now, the grass is looking a great deal greener on the other side of her resignation letter.
- What does he need to do to build credibility/respect with the more senior (older) people he is working with?
- How can he overcome the problem of stakeholders having more important things to do than listen to him?
- And, what does he need to do to get noticed by the right people, and build strong relationships with them?
…from one uncomfortable, unpalatable truth.Right now, you may be struggling with the politics:
- Annoyed that people can’t look at the bigger picture.
- Ignoring your suggestions and ideas, failing to realise how they could benefit.
- Angry they manipulate events to serve their own agenda.
- Consider your career options.
- Get your resume up-to-date.
- Reconnect with the headhunters.