A Syzygy Coaching Client recently shared his story about his transition following an M&A scenario in his company. The full story follows! (Names in this story have been changed to maintain confidentiality of the Syzygy client.)
A Syzygy Coaching Client Success Story
The Client: John, Vice President of a large engineering consulting firm
The Circumstances: John had virtually grown up in the engineering consulting firm in which he worked – starting fresh out of college and spending nearly 25 years as a key contributor to the growth of the firm. His career had advanced with ease and he was leading one of their largest business units with over 85 people reporting to him.
When his mid-size company was acquired by a very large organization, a period of drastic change commenced. Through a sequence of lateral position shifts, John’s entire section of the company was blown apart, leaving John in a role with significantly reduced roles and responsibilities. As the year unrolled, the nature of John’s conversations with the new executive team left John questioning his leadership skills and his entire history of career success.
Reflecting Back: “That whole year really knocked me off my feet. For the first time in my life, I felt a lack of confidence in my skills and everything I thought I was good at,” John shared. “All those years of consistent positive feedback, grounded with a steady climb up the ladder – and suddenly I was getting new information that was completely contradictory to my past experiences.” MORE