My latest post at HBR: Learning to Say "No" Is Part of Success.
Many of my executive coaching clients and MBA students at Stanford are going through a transition that involves a step up to the next level in some way. They’re on the cusp of a big promotion, or they’ve launched a startup, or their company just hit some major milestone. Very few, if any, of these people would say that they’ve "made it"; they’re still overcoming challenges in pursuit of ambitious goals. And yet their current success has created a meaningful inflection point in their careers; things are going to be different from now on. The nature of this difference varies greatly from one person to another, but I see a set of common themes that I think of as "the problems of success." I’ll be writing about these issues in a series of posts, of which this is the first.
Thanks to my clients and students for their insights and the opportunity to work with them, and continued thanks to Tim Sullivan for his guidance and encouragement.