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PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

Are you excellent at the specialized skills of your profession but cringe when you have to deal with the social requirements?

 

Have you been told the way you relate to other people in the workplace will get in the way of your advancement?

 

Maybe you don’t see the problem, but have been given enough feedback to understand that other people think something needs to change.

Many high-level professionals (engineers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, dentists) require extensive skill sets and, in some cases, a lot of education. For many of these professions, being excellent at the nuts-and-bolts of your job will lead to initial success, advancement, and opportunities.  

 

However, after a while, the skills that made you successful initially are no longer enough.

 

Eventually, you may feel like you just can’t move forward (or ‘up and to the right,’ in corporate parlance). When you try to learn what you need to do to move up, you might get feedback that uses terms like ‘soft skills’ or ‘communication.’

 

If this sounds like you, you’re likely running into a challenge many people face. These same professions that require specialized skills also require working with a team. Launching a product or caring for a patient requires understanding and connecting with people on a personal level. While not everyone is inherently a ‘people person,’ many successful people have learned the social skills that allowed them to rise to higher levels in their careers.

You are already great at the specialized skills your job demands. You excel at problem solving and want to grow and advance your career.

 

You can benefit from consultation for professional success to maximize your growth potential if you:

  • Don’t understand how or why to relate to people.

  • Find it burdensome to explain things to and interact with your coworkers.

  • Avoid social interactions with your coworkers.

  • Don’t understand why you keep getting feedback that people don’t like working with you.

  • Have a hard time influencing others that you have the right solution to a problem -- and often find people come back to the solution you offered.

  • Struggle to understand why some coworkers are offended by statements you or others may make in the workplace.

  • Think people are ‘too sensitive.’

  • Sometimes wish your coworkers would stop being irrational and focus on the problem at hand.

 

With the right tools, you can apply the same problem solving skills that have served you thus far to interpersonal situations, helping you to grow within your profession. You’ve likely already tried to solve this problem on your own. We’ll start by talking through what you’ve already tried, then what did and didn’t work, and why it did or didn’t work.  From here we’ll work together to forge a new plan.

To get the results you’re after, I rely on a well-researched theory of human behavior and cognition. We’ll pair behavioral science with interventions matched to your unique circumstances. During our time together, you’ll learn to maximize your ability to connect with and influence the people you work with.

I have worked with surgeons, pilots, nurses, engineers, first line managers, and executives who excelled at their specialized professions but struggled with the interpersonal aspects necessary to their jobs. They have reported successes such as:

  • “I got the surliest attending to chat with me during surgery.”  

  • “My manager feedback scores improved.”

  • “I actually enjoy the challenge of trying to get to know someone a little.”

  • “My team was more attentive to my solution to the problem than they ever have been.”

 

Learn the skills to advance your career today. Give me a call at 669-240-1003 or email me for your free consultation or to schedule your first appointment.