'Winning the Game of Work' with Terry McDougall Destiny Awakening Interviews 38

Sep 30, 2021

 Why you've got to check out today's episode:

  • Discover how to develop new skills that will empower you to have the impact you desire....
  • Learn how positivity and mental discipline drives out limiting beliefs that can sabotage progress...
  • Find a safe space to share challenges and feedback to maintain a growth mindset


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Are you not being recognized for the value you bring? Is your work/life balance out of whack?

Discover how to clarify your goals, create a roadmap and maintain your mindset.

Today's guest, Terry Boyle McDougall, is an executive and career coach, CEO of Terry B. McDougall coaching, author of the best selling, "Winning the Game of Work: Career, Happiness and Satisfaction on Your Own Terms", and the host of the "Marketing Mambo Podcast".

Terry was a long time corporate marketing executive, leading teams, developing strategies and advising senior leaders to drive increased business results.

In today's episode, Terry unpacks the topic'"Winning the Game of Work"

Check out these episode highlights:

  • 01:59 – Terry’s ideal client: “I work with high achieving Professionals who are successful but not satisfied. I help people shift their mindset and learn skills that help them have a happier coexistence with their success…”
  • 03:19 – Her client's biggest challenge: “Usually it's that stress. It's that they don't believe that they're tolerating something in their current role that is painful...”
  • 06:28 – Terry’s #1 insight to help you: "One of the things that is really helpful is looking for people that can give us insights. When somebody has overcome a lot of obstacles down the path, they want to help people that are behind them..."
  • 10:11 – What concept, book, program, or talk impacted you the most: "The book ''What Color is Your Parachute' by Richard Bolles. It exposed me to this idea that you should pursue a career that aligns with your strengths, what you like to do, and what you're good at..."
  • 12:57 – Terry’s valuable free resource: "I've got a couple chapters of my book that are available on my website at terrybmcdougall.com. And so people can go there and download them..."
  • 13:42 – Terry’s last thoughts: "If you feel like you're in a place where you're really stuck, I encourage you to step back and and recognize that you can have both. You can make a living and be happy..."



(Note, this was transcribed using a transcription software and may not reflect the exact words used in the podcast)

Andrew Hryniewicz  0:06  
So hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to another edition of the Destiny Awakening Interviews.

I'm Andrew Wayfinder Hryniewicz and I'm joined today by Terry Boyle MacDougall, Corporate Leader, Executive and Career Coach, Speaker and Author.

And a very warm welcome to you, Terry, where are you hanging out today?

Terry McDougall  0:26  
Well, Andrew, great to be here I am in suburban Chicago, and it doesn't quite know if it wants to be winter or spring yet here.

Andrew Hryniewicz  0:37  
It's probably not minus 40. anymore, though. Is it?

Terry McDougall  0:40  
Now? No, it just flirting between 70 degrees and 40 degrees? Frustrating. It's difficult.

Andrew Hryniewicz  0:49  
It's a crazy time of the year.

Terry McDougall  0:50  

Andrew Hryniewicz  0:51  
Okay, well, let's get on to your work.

So as I said, Terry Boyle McDougal is an executive and career coach, CEO of Terry B. McDougall coaching.

She helps high achieving professionals remove the obstacles that's keeping them stuck. So they can enjoy more Success and Satisfaction in their Lives and Careers.

Before becoming a Coach, Terry was a long time Corporate Marketing Executive, Leading teams developing Strategies and advising Senior Leaders to drive increased business results.

She's the author of the best selling, "Winning the Game of Work, Career, Happiness and Satisfaction on Your Own Terms". And she also hosts the "Marketing Mambo Podcast".

So thank you, Terry, for your time today. And the title we're working with is "Winning The Game of Work". And Terry's going to unpack that topic by answering six questions.

So your time starts now, who is your ideal client? And what's the transformation your work helps them achieve?

Well, I work with high achieving Professionals who are Successful but not Satisfied. And what I mean by that is that if somebody looked at them from the outside, they say, what does that person have to complain about?

Terry McDougall  2:10  
They've got a great title, they're working for a great company making a lot of money, they've got all of the external trappings of success.

But when I talk with them, or when they come to me, they're not satisfied, they're unhappy, there may be feeling like they're paying too high of a price for that Success in terms of Stress, Burnout, sometimes impact on Health and Relationships.

And so what I help people do is shift their Mindset and learn Skills that help them recognize that they can have a happier coexistence with their Success.

So that they feel personally Satisfied, they feel Happier, and in turn, that helps them have the Energy to show up and perform well at work.

So there's much more of a balance between that Success, but they also have the time and space to enjoy their lives.

Andrew Hryniewicz  3:12  
Right. So question number two, what's the biggest challenge they're facing? Is there like a number one pain point when they come through the door?

Well, usually it's that Stress. It's that they don't believe that, you know, they're tolerating something in their current role that, is painful... You know, it's stressful, maybe they're having some anxiety around it.

Terry McDougall  3:37  
And even if they don't show it on the outside, they're feeling it. And they don't believe that they can do anything different...

So that's the biggest issue. And it could be anything from, you know, not getting along with their boss, overwork. I mean, I've had people that have worked, you know, 70 hours a week and are like, I don't know if I can keep doing it.

And, you know, we'll look at that and say, "How can we shift things?", "How can we put processes in place that support you, so you don't have to work such ridiculous hours?"

Could be, you know, Anxiety about presentations, I mean, any aspect of Work where people feel stressed or feel like they can't make a change, but yet they have to do this in order to perform, is an Issue.

And what I help people do is start, like I said, start to shift that mindset to believe that. Well, first of all to get clear, on if you're not happy in the situation that you're in, what would you like it to look like? Like, get really clear on what that goal looks like?

And I really try to hold the space for people to, so that they don't immediately pile on to that goal or that dream and say, "Oh, here's The 101 reasons why that can't happen."

Because I often see that where when I asked somebody, well, "What would you like this to look like? Or what would you like to have happen in your career?"

They may have a very clear vision of what they want. But they immediately will say, "Well, I can't do this, because, you know, I wouldn't need to go back to school".

Or, you know, "I want to be promoted, but my boss is not going to leave until he retires" or whatever.

I mean, there's lots of reasons that people tell themselves that they can't have the thing that they want.

And if we can separate the Goal from how we're going to get there, that gives the Goal some time to Live and Breathe. And a lot of times, you know, we start to see possibilities pretty soon after that goal is set.

Andrew Hryniewicz  5:47  
Okay, what actually sounds like you just answered question number three, what's the number one insight you would share to help them right now? .

And it sounds like what you're saying is... Separate out, where you're headed, The Goal, The Vision, The Dream, from how you're going to get there?

Terry McDougall  6:04  

Andrew Hryniewicz  6:04  
And allow the how to kind of present itself?

Yeah, because I think that one of the things that people don't recognize, as they think that if they set that goal that they immediately have to have all of the information to get there.

Terry McDougall  6:21  
And there's usually a period of exploration... You know, We don't know, what We don't know.

And, you know, one of the things that I think is really helpful, and it helps people also sort of garner the Energy to go on their Journey towards this Goal is that, if we can find people that can give us insights.

You know, whether it's going to your boss and saying, "Hey, I really want to be promoted to the next level, what's that going to take?"

And honestly, I will tell you that a lot of times people, they don't even want to have that conversation, like they want to be promoted, but they don't want to share that they want that, because their money and a lot of reasons, right?

Maybe they're afraid that their boss is going to give them feedback that they don't want to hear. Or they think whatever they hear is going to be so insurmountable, you know, it's going to cause them anxiety.

But, you know, if we can find people that have done the thing that we want to do, that's a really great place to start...

Just to go and say, "Hey, I admire what you do, or I admire how you've managed your career, I'd love to talk to you more and hear about your story and what you did? what challenges you faced? how you overcame them?"

And one of the things well, actually, there's a couple really great things about that. One is that, that's somebody who's further ahead on the path, and they can tell us about the Pitfalls...  

They can tell us about, you know, the things that you should do to be more effective on your journey.

But also very often, that causes people to become advocates for us. Because, you know, very often when somebody has overcome a lot of obstacles, and they're down the path, that, you know, they want to help people that are coming up behind them.

And, you know, they may be able to provide insights or connections to resources that can help us get to where we want to go. And, you know, before we hit record, I was just mentioning that I had a client who got a job offer this week.

And I've seen this happen multiple times, that when people start to engage with others about, you know, promotion, or, you know, insights or getting a new job, or whatever.

That a lot of times the change that they're looking for can happen very quickly, once they engage others, you know, because we're surrounded by possibilities.

And so often we'll just sit there and like kind of wish, "Oh, I wish things are different". But once we start taking action, it's sort of, you know, stirs up the energetic pot.

And a lot of times can get that energy going towards the thing that we really want. Which is amazing. And even though I've seen it multiple times. I'm still amazed when it happens. And feel really thankful that things work that way.

Andrew Hryniewicz  9:19  
Okay, great. Yeah, I agree. You know, the universe is sort of on our side, but we have to let it know what we want.

Terry McDougall  9:29  
Yeah, absolutely.

Andrew Hryniewicz  9:31  
So question four, in your own development. Was there a concept book, program talk or experience that was most impactful?

Oh my gosh, there's so many. But I'm going to go back to the beginning of my career... I am a first generation college graduate. I had my sights set for going out and working, you know in an office in the corporate environment.

Terry McDougall  10:00  
And when I graduated from college, I was just so anxious to hit the ground running and get my first job that, you know, I would adjust certain things just to get a job and get a paycheck.

And my boyfriend at the time, his mother had done some career counseling, and she gave me the book, "What Color is Your Parachute" by Richard Bolles, as a gift.

And she said, "Do not apply for any jobs, and do not start interviewing until you've read this book and done all of the exercises." And that was really the best career advice that I ever got. Because it exposed me to this idea that was foreign to me at the time.

That you should pursue a career that aligns with your strengths, that aligns with what you like to do, and what you're good at. And that wasn't something that I ever thought about before that.

And I'm so thankful, because it did get me started on a path where you know, as a creative person, that I could channel my creativity into something that I get paid for.

And so, I actually, my first job was in a publishing company, but I soon moved over and did marketing for the rest of my career. And, you know, it was really fun to be able to, be creative, and get paid for it.

You know, it wasn't like I was doing, you know, art all the time, but to be able to, you know, use words and colors and imagery and conceptualize and make things happen. That that was very well aligned with what I got energy from.

Andrew Hryniewicz  11:43  
Reminds me of, when I used to be an Architect back in the day... There were some times when you would get paid to bring out the colored pencils.

And, you know, color in a big, you know, now it's all done with computers. But before, you know, if you had to do color renderings on a certain presentation drawings and things, it'd be there with the coloring pencils or the watercolor.

Yeah, it's fun to be able to do that. And for me, I think it was always like, seeing my concepts come to life, which I imagine in Architecture, it's sort of similar, right?

Terry McDougall  12:21  
You envision something, and then to actually see it happen. And, in marketing, it's everything from, advertising and all of that, to B2B marketing. And so we did lots of events.

So you know, conceptualizing, "Okay, where are we going to have this big conference? And who are going to be our speakers? And what are we going to do for leisure time activities.

It was just fun to come up with the ideas, involve everybody in the organization, and then actually see it happen.

Andrew Hryniewicz  12:51  
Okay, great. So question number five, what free resource would you like to share with the audience?

Terry McDougall  12:57  
Well, I've got a couple chapters of my book that are available on my website at terrybmcdougall.com. And so people can go there and download them.

Andrew Hryniewicz  13:08  
Okay, great. And then sort of last question, question number six. What should I have asked you that I didn't?

Terry McDougall  13:17  
Yeah, well, you know, one of the things that people sometimes ask me is, "What words of wisdom do you have for people?" And the thing that I would say is that, "Your Happiness matters".

And so often, we're so focused on the goals of surviving and so forth, that we don't step back to say, "How am I feeling? Am I enjoying this experience".

And you know, my mission in Life really is to help people realize that "It does matter if you're Happy".

You're put here on earth with certain unique gifts. And I believe that our purpose here is to use those gifts. And if you feel like you're in a place where you're really stuck, and you know, you're so focused on all I've got to get this paycheck or whatever.

I encourage you to step back and and recognize that you can have both... "You can make a Living and be Happy."

And I would encourage you to step back and start thinking about "What would that look like?" And maybe start thinking about, "What small steps can you take to move towards something where you have Joy and Happiness in your Life?"

Andrew Hryniewicz  14:31  
That's a great idea. And I definitely concur with that.

So that was perfect Terry. Thank you so much for your time today.

Terry McDougall  14:39  
Andrew, thanks for having me.

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