We were about 5 minutes into the coaching session. My client began to express her disappointment with herself and her performance the past week.
“It has been a stressful week. After all the work we’ve done together these past three months, I had a really rough week. I let it get the best of me. The stress was high and it was like I forgot everything I have learned.”
Over the next 30-40 minutes we discussed her week. As she began to connect principles with her behavior she saw the stuff that got in her way; how she had been held back from her goal: to be an effective leader as the vice-president in the company. Not only did she have her personal duties and direct reports but international responsibilities, too. They had just identified four key initiatives. No doubt about it, the work load was intense and yes, her department was running lean on man-power.