The Seven W.A.R.N.I.N.G. Signs of Career Distress

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Relinquished Control

Scratching and clawing your way to the top can result in losing sight of who you are. Your eagerness to be successful can be blinding. Without a good early role model, you can quickly latch on to how others in status positions behave. You begin to sacrifice yourself in order to fit in and be part of the club.

Tip: Clearly articulate the leader you want to be. What are your beliefs? How do you want to be treated? How do you want to treat others?

According to certified executive coach and author Peter C. Diamond, midlife is supposed to be the time when we should have it all. In actuality it's more like, "My life is more complicated than I ever imagined and my career is not turning out as I had hoped. I'm at a crossroads."
Perhaps the most difficult part about finding your career in flux is that this is the time when you have the most to give. And yet, you are feeling the most vulnerable grappling with knowing if your company considers you valuable, someone who will continue to be rewarded and given challenging assignments. And whether this is consistent with how you rate your contributions and value to the company.

To dig out of your doldrums, start by bringing awareness to your current circumstances and the truths that exist. To create awareness, you have to have the ability and presence of mind to step back and see your current situation for what it is. While everyone's situation is highly personal, some common themes are consistent with what most people experience. This slideshow features what Diamond refers to as the seven W.A.R.N.I.N.G. signs of distress.

Peter C. Diamond, "The Amplify Guy," is the author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess and Move Forward. He is a professionally trained, certified coach. He works with hundreds of senior-level executives and others to guide them through change, ranging from navigating career shifts and creating better work-life fulfillment to greater career and leadership enlightenment, and renewed self-respect. His corporate clients include Leo Burnett, United Airlines, National Association of Realtors, Razorfish, mcgarrybowen, Fresenius Kabi, PVS Chemicals, Human Rights Watch and Intelligentsia Coffee. For more information, please visit and connect with him on Twitter, @petercdiamond.


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