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EXPERT'SVIEW
NEW Horizons

How to Avoid a
Mid-Career Slump

Strategies for putting your career back on the fast track

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omen in retail and consumer
goods who have been putting
the pedal to the metal and
still find their career going nowhere fast
should keep their eyes on the road - and
take a quick look at the rearview mirror.
Mid-career women often give much
less thought to their career than they did
By Nancy Krawczyk,
early in their work life. Mid-career, a role
Network of
can become rote and women may fall into
Executive Women
the trap of thinking if they're doing their
job well, they'll be promoted.
"When women reach a point mid-career, they
can stall out if they don't have clarity," says former
Safeway and Jamba Juice executive Christy Consler,
founder and CEO of Sustainable Leadership Advisors.
Asking yourself the hard questions can make even
a slight shift in your thinking a significant one - and
help put you back in control of your career. Consler
tasks her global clients with a list of queries. Chief
among them: What do I want and how do I get
there? What are my skills? What am I passionate
about? Where are those opportunities and how can I
make it happen?
"It requires knowing yourself well and what's

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important to you and your
values," she says.
Here's one caveat when
considering your place in
your organization, opportunities for advancement, and
other career options: Be sure to
keep the emphasis on you.
"Women tend to do
the comparison game and
that can be dangerous,"
notes former Starbucks and
PepsiCo Inc. executive Cecilia
Carter, founder of The Strategy
Chick coaching firm. "Plan for
yourself, your unique situation,
your life."
A mid-career slump often
coincides with "the sandwich
years," that stage when caring
for children or elderly parents takes precedence, Carter
explains. "We use all of our energy to address those
external challenges and fail to address our own."
An outside perspective can help. Carter's mentor,
Ann Fudge, former chairman and CEO of Young &

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