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
Effective mentors fulfill 6 key roles. Each role is critical to success. Click here to download the image.
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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?
Today’s productivity problems go far deeper than just managing units of time. Our world has a few specific challenges that allow the time to just “go by,” and can leave us feeling unaccomplished and weary at the end of a day.
Productivity Problem #1
We are making more decisions than we ever have before. Think about it. Every email, demand, request, phone call, and/or idea is a decision your brain is required to make. During the Industrial Age, workers on an assembly line put one part on one machine a hundred times a day. They had few choices and fewer decisions to make. Decisions they did have to make were simple and of low value. Their tools had one, straightforward use.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article about 18-year-old Ruti Olajugbagbe and learned three great coaching lessons. Ruti is the 2018 winner of The Voice UK Season 7. The show is a multi-week talent contest in which celebrities partner with contestants in an effort to be named the season’s best singer.