From time to time in corporate environments it all becomes too much – and we need someone to talk to. You find yourself exiting the office desperately pacing the streets with a lack of any faith, or possible resolution to the problem. There is nothing worse than that sense of complete overwhelm at work, grappling with the same internal issues over and over.
It’s extremely frustrating and challenging for executives when a certain situation gets on top of you at work. You find yourself wondering, who you can actually rely on or trust, who will give you a clear perspective and can help you to unpack the issue.
You can feel like your manager is not on the same page, facing condescending behavior at the boardroom table, disrespect, lack of accountability with your team members, and negative energy in general amongst the senior leadership team. All these things slowly build up, resulting in low morale – and sometimes it all just overpowers even the best of us.
Where do you go to when you don’t know where to put those feelings?
Is it a case of distancing yourself from others at work due to lack of support? Do you go home and take your frustrations out on your family? Or do you have a confidant in the team who helps you download? Given the right circumstances, would you consider having a one-on-one interaction with an objective third party, who is not tied to the organisation; someone who can provide a focus that other forms of organisational support can not?
Sometimes in these situations, the real payoff can come from discovering what you need to interpret or revisit. We all know nothing will ultimately happen until you gain laser-like clarity on an issue and it opens the door to identify next steps. We all need to take time out to reflect at times, to delve inward and discover our internal conflicts. On occasions the onus may fall back on you to clarify personal responsibility, and work out where to go next.
I am often called by senior executives working in the financial services industry who just need someone to talk through these issues with. They seek an independent party who has no ties to the organisation, but an understanding of the professional issues, frustrations and challenges faced at this executive level.
Melinda Fell Consulting provides a Detangling Session where individuals can arrange a confidential, independent discussion with an expert who is there to focus on what the critical issue is and help executives gain clarity. She utilises a process to enable you to self-discover, learn and determine your own “answers”.
Melinda Fell writes regular blogs and articles on the issues facing busy senior executives. More articles can be found here on Linkedin and Detangling Sessions can be booked directly through Melinda by emailing today firstname.lastname@example.org or www.melindafellconsulting.com.au.