Friday, May 21, 2010

Who Defines You?

Change is hard - in your organization and in your career. One obstacle is the resistance of people around you to your efforts to re-invent yourself or just make a few strategic course corrections. As Daniel Goleman says in talking about Social Intelligence, "we are wired to connect." Our behavior has a strong effect on others, and vice versa. It can be all too easy to let others define who we are.

So how do we break through our own resistance to change and the barriers raised by the preconceived perceptions of others? It is all about motivation. Is what you are doing now working for you? Are you getting the rewards and gratification you are looking for from your career? How strong is the desire to try new ways of behaving and relating to others? If you want it badly enough, you will find the courage to take those crucial first steps in the change process. The right coach can help you every step of the way.

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