Bring the vision to life
Create the juiciest picture you can envision of where you want to go, what you wish to create, how you will feel once you have arrived, what will be present, what will be absent, who will be with you, who will be gone. The more details you can articulate the better. Giving yourself and others something powerful around which to organize is key!
Complete the past
Complete everything that needs to be completed so your “space” is cleared of all clutter: physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual clutter.
Take care of you!
Your primary vehicle when getting through a huge transition is you! Get your vehicle a tune up! Make sure the oil is changed, all liquids are topped off, the tires are new. For human beings that means eat well, rest a lot, exercise, take on a practice: something like meditation, yoga, visioning, journaling, making collages; something that you can return to again and again, an anchor in the storm.
No one does great things alone, no-one. When you are going into territory you have not traveled before, it is wise to have a companion, a map, even a guide with you. It is imperative that you have people beside you, ahead of you, people back at home to call when you are out in the wilderness.
Come back to the beginning
Return again and again to that compelling picture you painted in the very beginning. When things get rocky, when you begin to doubt the whole thing, when you ask yourself, “What I was thinking and why did I want to do this?” go back to that vision you created. Remind yourself that your vision was true and real and based on something that was calling to you from your future. You may need to remind yourself of this many times along the way.
Jennifer Cohen is a senior leadership consultant whose accomplishments range from coaching top managers to achieve outstanding results to being a coach’s coach who trains other consultants. Jennifer’s fresh approach to leadership development is informed by communication theories ranging from quantum physics to philosophy and honed in the practical crucible of over 15 years of experience coaching hundreds of people. Her corporate clients have included not only household names like Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boston Consulting Group, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, but also a multimillion dollar oil company, a self-defense school, a major construction company, and several small software development firms.
Jennifer is the founder and Principal of The Center for Meaningful Leadership, a consulting consortium that offers individual and group leadership coaching. At The Center she teaches a unique model of leadership development and is pioneering work in moving organizations and individuals to a partnership model of living and leading. Working with Jennifer, leaders formulate and implement effective strategies for achieving meaningful goals such as inspiring action or increasing accountability. For example, she helped one client grow her company’s new business income from $3 million to $42 million in a single year, while coaching another client to assume a leadership role to repair the damage done by his CEO and rebuild trust organization-wide. In addition Jennifer is serving as The Director of Coaching Education for Mobius Executive Leadership, a global boutique consulting firm serving Fortune 500 companies in the domain of leadership development, organizational and culture change and executive coaching.
Jennifer has been a coach to some of the senior coaches at the New Field Group, one of the nation’s top schools for coaching. She is certified as a Master Coach by The Strozzi Institute for Leadership and Mastery, where she studied for more than a decade. Among many other skills, the Institute teaches ways to draw strength from the mind/body connection in building personal and professional leadership competency. Jennifer is also the author of the chapter “From Surviving to Thriving” in the book Being Human at Work, edited by Richard Strozzi Heckler.
Jennifer has been studying the art and science of coaching since 1992, and has taken many training courses on leadership, business development, diversity, performance, and conflict resolution. She has a master’s degree in Applied Psychology with an emphasis on systems theory from the Antioch New England Graduate School, and she did her undergraduate work in philosophy at Oberlin and Barnard.