Many professionals have to deal with many of the same issues discussed above faced by executives and other business leaders, on top of practicing and maintaining proficiency in their own profession. When combined with family and other commitments that adds up to a heavy load.
I remember what it was like when I became a professor. I had a wealth of technical and scientific knowledge and skills. I had already begun to make a name for myself in a challenging and demanding field. But little of that prepared me for the myriad roles I was about to step into!
Suddenly the hats I was expected to fill included grant administrator, purchasing agent, personnel manager, accountant, community liaison, mentor, advisor, group leader, hiring agent, computer systems administrator, and university spokesperson to name a few.
Every couple of weeks I found myself on airplanes headed off to work on NASA and other projects of which I was still a part. All of this took place within highly politically charged environments, both within the university and beyond.
This was all on top of a challenging teaching load, university service commitments, an active research program. Don't forget publish or perish!
While the details differ, almost every professional that I have spoken to has some version of that same story to tell. And they all seem to agree on one thing. Stress and anxiety are facts of life that can take a real toll, and they don't always handle it as well as they would like.
If any of this sounds familiar then you might benefit greatly from working with a coach. I can help you maneuver those waters, make effective use of resources, set realistic goals and priorities and find some balance in your life.
A very wise man once told me, "If you aren't having fun you aren't doing it right!" I can help you keep what began as your passion from becoming a chore!