I recently spoke with the Human Resources Director of an accountancy firm. She was interested in me speaking on career mojo and employee engagement at a leadership retreat in Northern California. She specifically wanted to know how I worked with coaching clients and organizations to tap into employees’ intrinsic motivation, and enhance their career development and engagement.
The HR Director and I spoke about my approach to executive/career coaching, and the factors that can tap into employees’ mojo or positive spirit. We also spoke about the Gallup organization’s findings on employee engagement. Employee engagement has been at an historic low level. Company leaders need to tap into workers’ inherent motivation and creative drive to boost the number of actively engaged employees from the paltry 33 percent reported by the Gallup Organization.”
People want work that taps into their intrinsic motivation seeking mastery, autonomy, purpose and self-direction. Employees want their work to be meaningful in order to be happy and fully engaged. However, a number of people make career mistakes that jeopardize their career success. Enlightened organizations help people make the right career decisions.
The Human Resource Director is interested in me speaking at a workshop about my executive/career clients that have created meaningful work and are resilient and happy. She also wanted me to address how company leaders could regain their mojo, and stay engaged if they had slipped into nojo. We further discussed how organizational leaders can benefit by working with a seasoned executive coach to enhance their mojo and career satisfaction.
In Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It, leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith lists seven common career mistakes.
Common Career Mistakes
Goldsmith lists seven professional mistakes that contribute to career failures in otherwise competent, successful and smart people:
2. Waiting for the Facts to Change
3. Looking for Logic in All the Wrong Places
4. Bashing the Boss
5. Refusing to Change Because of “Sunk Costs”
6. Confusing the Mode You’re in
7. Maintaining Pointless Arguments
a. Let me keep talking.
I had it rougher than you.
b. Why did you do that?
c. It’s not fair.
As you think about these potential pitfalls, try to pinpoint the ones to which you’re predisposed. I will focus on the third career mistake in this seven part article series.
I am the executive coach for the president of an accounting firm. The president’s competency-based 360 feedback survey indicated that she needs to be more decisive and take action earlier. Several of the shareholders believe the president is overly optimistic in his forecasts. They see a need for more cost-cutting.
The president and I are working on improving her effectiveness by letting go of her need to be right. She is now holding the firm’s shareholders accountable to increase sales and revenue.
3. Looking for Logic in All the Wrong Places
We devote many professional hours to finding logic in situations where none exists.
Human beings are profoundly illogical. Our minds crave order, fairness and justice, and we’re trained to value logic. But much of life, work and decisions that affect us are unreasonable, unfair or unjust, which sets us up for disappointment and can kill mojo.
We sometimes hope logic will prevail against all odds and that it will prove we’re in the right. If we capriciously stick to our guns until the bitter end, everyone will see how right we are. In the meantime, we seriously damage important relationships.
Are you working in a professional services firm or other organization where executive coaches are hired to provide career and leadership development for organizational leaders? Does your organization provide executive coaching to help leaders sustain their career mojo? During uncertain economic times, leaders at all levels need to improve their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills as part of overall career development.
One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Do I over rely on logic to prove I’m right?” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations, provide executive coaching and career development for leaders who want to maximize their career mojo and be fully engaged at work.
Working with a seasoned executive/career coach trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-I and Denison Culture Survey can help your people tap into their intrinsic motivation and create happy companies where people love to work. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company or law firm.
I am currently accepting new executive coaching, career coaching, and leadership consulting clients. I work with both individuals and organizations. Call 415-546-1252 or send an inquiry e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.