New Year’s Idea: Consider Taking a “Time Out” for You

29 Dec New Year’s Idea: Consider Taking a “Time Out” for You

I cannot tell you how many leaders say to me, after the initial coaching debrief of their CDR 3-D Assessment results, “I wish I had done this 20 (or 30) years ago.”

We are beginning another New Year – so isn’t it time you take a “time out” for you?  Why wait any longer?  Have you ever had coaching feedback that provided a clear and deep review of you leading to a new level of self-awareness?  It is like a riveting spa for one’s mind, career focus and personal fulfillment.  We often commit to improving our physical well-being and fitness with annual New Year’s Resolutions, but seldom do we think about getting our psyche and intrinsic motivators in alignment with our career and life journey.

There are a lot of jobs out there that are fascinating, complex, challenging and rewarding. I am one of the lucky ones who can say mine is all of that and more. One of my primary roles is coaching executives, and coaching executive coaches as part of their training to use our assessments. On a rare occasion, I will assess and coach, as a favor to a colleague or family member, a college student to help them sort out what major and career might be best for them. I break it down to two simple things: 1) find what you are really good at; and, 2) find what you love.

So, that is generally what our (CDR) executive coaches do – we help leaders and professionals find their true talent and their personal calling to joyful and rewarding work. However, we add another crucial factor to the mix to assure that this job fit and joyride blend does not fall off of its intended tracks. In our coaching debrief, we also pinpoint one’s vulnerabilities or inherent risk factors that can undermine, or even derail, their success.

I’ll take it down one notch further for clarity. Years ago, I presented at a Career Day for second graders. What we do, I explained, is help people understand their sunshine, stormy days and what is in their hearts. (Of course, I used pictures and gave out heart shaped Charm suckers to assure success.) Once people clarify or re-discover these things about themselves, I explained with more pictures, they can then drive their personal careers to the best, most prosperous, and happy places.

Getting back to my real job … My rewards are the “aha” moments, the shifts in thinking, and the radiant energy (glow) people have as they leave a coaching debriefing session. Rediscovering their strengths, facing and preparing to conquer their risks, and embracing what makes them happy is powerful and life changing. It is nearly impossible to accurately identify these traits, facets and key themes without a skilled coach and well-constructed assessments. Further, people work so hard or have such busy schedules that there is typically no time left for their own career soul searching, fine tuning, and focus.

Our 2.5 hour coaching debrief session is that time out for a person to take a deep dive into exploring what makes them tick and what matters most. It is refreshing, invigorating and highly productive for them from a development and performance standpoint. For me, no matter how tired or busy I may be, conducting a coaching feedback session is the best way to put a skip back in my step.

Don’t let another year pass — take time out for your deep dive coaching session.


Nancy Parsons is the CEO/President and Co-Founder of CDR Assessment Group, Inc.based in
Sugar Land, TX. CDR provides unmatched assessments and consulting/coaching services for
leadership development and talent management for global clients. CDR was founded in 1998 in
Tulsa, OK and has been a WBENC certified corporation since 2000 (WBEA affiliated). Nancy is also a member of The Alexcel Group, an international alliance of highly experienced consultants
and executive coaches supplying the very best expertise in talent development.

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