I coached Oliver after he confessed to regularly waking up at 3am wondering – “how am I going to get all of this DONE?” A partner in a new investment management start-up, traveling overseas much of the time with two small children at home, he had a huge amount on his plate – and time management was not one of his strong points.
Brian wasn’t overwhelmed with what was going on at the office. That was the problem. He was underwhelmed, both with his stalled career path and uninterested management. A bright man, he was attracted to join a rival’s client origination department in a large New York insurance company because of the opportunities it offered him.
Kathleen’s dilemma had grown out of success. As the manager of a small HR department, she and her team of four were like family – they often socialized together, and her team had access to her whenever they needed. However, the department tripled in size over the next twelve months as the company expanded, and Kathleen had to limit her accessibility to prevent her getting overwhelmed.
Penelope came to see me emotionally and physically exhausted dealing with the stress of her new management job at a finance company. She had replaced a manager who had been well-liked by her team and the rest of the firm, but viewed as unproductive by senior management. Unfortunately, that person – a woman named Sandy – was still there, demoted and now reporting to Penelope.