If you are trying to find your fit, to discover your unique contribution, or determine your voice, consider starting with these questions. No, they won’t be the final answer, but may get you on the “right” path.
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Over the past 25+, I have been surrounded by many top performers:
- Courageous fellow paratroopers in the U.S. Army
- Amazing colleagues at both a global consulting firm and my own professional services agency
- Outstanding clients I’ve supported throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia
- Brilliant students at one of the nation’s top universities
In the 1830’s, a rather ingenious and arguably mad idea was proposed. Some 14 years later a long journey went from concept to reality as a tunnel began to weave its way under the streets and buildings of mid-19th century London.
Nine years later, the first segment of what would become London’s Underground opened for business. Although the system’s original visionary, Charles Pearson was no longer alive to make the journey, some 30,000 Londoners climbed aboard the Metropolitan Line during its first day of operation. Since its opening day on January 10, 1863, the underground has grown to 11 lines, 249 miles of track, and some 270 stations.
I invite you to take a moment to reflect on what your competencies and what you bring to the table.
- What skills do you have?
- What do you know?
- What is the essence of your work?
- What makes you competitive?
- What about you is unique and difficult to imitate?
- What superior value do you provide?
“We simply do not know what the future holds.” – Peter L. Bernstein
The great Archimedes (287–212 BCE), one of the world’s finest mathematicians, was a person before his time. Not only did he invent integral calculus and figure the approximate value of π (pi) he is also said to be the father of the machine age by discovering and putting to use the properties of levers and pulleys.
With all of the discussion about employee engagement, have you considered this?
Engage the passion your people innately possess. You don’t have to invite them to have dreams – they already have them.