Is Work a Drain?

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If work is a drain, then we are not working in our SweetSpot. That is, we are not using our talents, not engaging our motivators, not getting our needs met, and/or not serving others.

When we work in our SweetSpot, we have all the energy we need.

 

In your corner,

Mike

Our Power and Purpose

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​[W]e are torn this way and that. Social and business pressures push us, and we go along, but the spark within is hard to extinguish, and even as we hurry to conform we may pause to wonder if this is all there is to life, and we glance uneasily over our shoulders (once a week or more), wondering vaguely if we haven’t forgotten something, a cheerful word perhaps, a quiet moment, a little love – could it possibly be ourselves we have forgotten?

– Robert S. Hartman, Freedom to Live

We can not only remember ourselves, we can bring that spark to our social and business worlds for their benefit and ours.

So good, yes?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: How? Find your SweetSpot and build upon it.

PPS: Shall we? Yes, let’s!

 

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Are You Tapping the Fear or the Spark?

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There is a fear within each of us. Tap it and you’ll get hurried, harried, and short-lived results. Further attempts to mine this source become ever more costly, unpredictable, and ultimately doomed.

There is a spark within each of us. Tap it and you’ll get long-lasting, wonderful results.

Of course, mining sparks is not a panacea. It requires hard work. We must throw out all the leadership tools used to tap fear. In their place we need a compelling clarity of purpose, a commitment to win-win collaboration with all involved, high-buzz thinking, and systems and approaches that support us delivering together that purpose well.

Worth it.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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The Best Way to Land a Job These Days

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Job boards, applications, resumes. Oh. My. Stories from the front lines tell us that the traditional way of finding a job is pretty well broken.

The best way to land a job today is to a) become a “killer candidate” and b) grow our network until it includes our next employer. Growing our network is how we will find the opportunities. Read more about that here.

Becoming a killer candidate is not about ticking boxes. It is not a form of beauty pageant; it is not about becoming someone we are not.

It is about clarity.

It is being clear about who we are and what we offer. I suggest people figure out their SweetSpot and use it to target appealing industries and companies and to hone their personal marketing content (elevator speech, resume, cover letter).

It is also about clear conversations with potential employers.  We do not start off talking about our qualifications nor do we jump through hoops in some attempt to match what we think they want from us. Instead, our conversations focus on understanding what the hiring manager is trying to accomplish overall. We explore next how this role–if it is done well–would contribute to that hiring manager’s and the overall company’s desired results. Only then do we talk about us. Only then do we tell stories that demonstrate how our talents, passions, perspectives, and experience line up to (help) deliver those results.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: None of this is difficult. It is just different.

 

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Chasing Career Specters

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In every industry or profession there is a mythical,  ideal character we feel compelled to emulate. If we want to get a good job, get ahead, and be seen as on top or at least  acceptable, we twist ourselves to think and act as they do.

But this ideal doesn’t exist. She/he/it is a loosely defined set of impossible, contradictory traits. We are so busy trying to be seen as possessing these traits that we never notice that we are chasing a specter.

Our careers become meaningful when we stop trying to fit this mythical mold. The truth is we are each uniquely talented and valuable. And there are plenty of people and organizations who need and value who we are, what we do, and how we help them.

Be you.

 

In your corner,

Mike

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How Meaningful Is Your Career Right Now? 

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Meaningful careers are those where we are doing:

  1. Something that we are good at,
  2. Something that motivates us,
  3. Something that satisfies our needs, wants, and desires (e.g.ideal work environment, income, lifestyle), and
  4. Something that solves the problems that others have and that we find compelling.

When our work satisfies all four of these criteria–when our work is meaningful–we feel good, we are confident, and we can handle all the ups and downs. If something is missing, we will be (a little or a lot) uninspired, drained, stuck, unsure, and at the mercy of the ups and downs.

What, if anything, needs to shift so that your career can solidly match these criteria?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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All Is Nominal

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People who fire rockets like to say, “Conditions are nominal,” when everything is good to go.

Guess what? Conditions are nominal. All the courage you need is already within you. All the resources you need are lined up, waiting for you.

All that remains is for you to decide what you really want to achieve and take the first steps.

Liftoff.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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But What Should I Commit To?

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“Ah,” you say. “I would love to commit but I haven’t a clue what I should commit to.”

It turns out that this is also simple. Go with what makes you leap for joy. Pick anything (and there are several things that will work for you) that makes your heart sing, that demands your talents, that meets your needs, wants, and desires, and that serves a compelling need, want, or desire for others.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Fear of Making the Wrong Choice

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Fear of making the wrong choice is one reason we may not commit to a career, market niche, or organizational strategy. “What if I/we choose this option and it’s not quite right? What if I/we choose this one and then learn of a better one? After all the investment in this one, I/we couldn’t go back.”

The antidote to this fear is to find our (or our organization’s) SweetSpot. From our SweetSpot we can generate many possible strategies, careers, and niches that would be delightful, meaningful, rewarding, and satisfying. This is true because, by definition, our SweetSpot (personal or organizational) is the set of criteria for having a delightful, meaningful, rewarding, and satisfying career, niche, or strategy.

When we choose something that matches our SweetSpot, we will be happy. Pick one and go.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Nudge Your Career (and your organization’s strategy) Back Into Alignment

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When we are in our SweetSpot, work ceases to be a stress or struggle.

Where there is stress or struggle, we are out of our SweetSpot. That means we are misaligned in one or more of these four ways:

  • We are not using enough of our talents,
  • We are not engaging enough with and seeing enough rewards from our care-abouts,
  • We are not solving enough compelling problems for other people or groups of people, and/or
  • We are not having enough of our needs, wants, and desires met.

Sometimes, we need only give our selves a nudge in the right direction.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

PS: The last one, “not having enough of our needs, wants, and desires met,” is the most common misalignment. And often we are unaware of it. We feel bad and justify it with “yeah, but…” statements such as, “Yeah, but, I can’t make the kind of money I want to in that career.” What are your “yeah, buts”?

PPS: Our organizations can be out of alignment with their SweetSpots, too. We can nudge them back by aligning the organization’s strategy with the its talents, care-abouts, needs/wants/desires, and with the compelling problems it solves for other people and groups of people.

 

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