We all make choices, some 30,000 choices every waking hour.
How are you choosing to respond?
Consider the realities: our world is a hostile place with unemployment, terrorists, the Iraq war, Afghanistan war, Iran/Israel conflict, earthquakes, volcanoes, oil spills, stock market crashes, lack of personal savings as 401Ks become 201Ks, obesity, heart disease, cancer, expensive health insurance, home mortgages turned upside down, the rising U.S. national debt… add your examples. We are living in turbulent times.
Then come to Tuesday’s Career Lunch & Learn featuring Doug Gray, author of Passionate Action: How You Can Turn Life’s Challenges Into Life’s Adventures and owner of Action Learning Associates, Inc., an executive coaching business.
That was the advertisement last week. My daughter asked me to speak, so of course I said “Yes!”
You know the pomp and circumstance. A time when all of us pause and watch friends or family strut their moment upon the stage with optimism and digital flashes. We say, “What a success you are!” As if it is an American right that our next generation has more opportunities than the last one. Perhaps you sat in the audience, reflecting on your graduation, or the economy, or opportunity. What do you advise a graduating senior today?
“If I do not get a promotion soon, with more challenges, then I will have to look elsewhere.”
“Frankly, I am not sure that I am ready for the demands of this job.”
Thanks for the promotion offer, however…”
I have heard these comments, almost every week, from managers and leaders who want to do a good job but are not sure HOW to do great work.
You may have heard that one measure of corporate success is agility. HR professionals cite studies that describe “learning agility” as a key determinant of corporate success. In fact, just yesterday a coaching client stated, “My core competency is my flexibility and willingness to take on any challenge.” He is representative of any high potential manager. He was recently re-assigned to manage a new group.
The 2 KEY Drivers for success for any Small Business Owner (SBO) are:
a. What do I love to do?
b. What will someone pay me to do?
Imagine a see saw. If I love to do it but no one will pay me, then I have a hobby. If I love to do it and someone pays me less than I need, then my business is dying. If I love to do it and someone pays me well, then I have a thriving business. Where are you on this see saw?
Today I am thinking about how limiting that perspective is.
Not everything that we do has a direct business value. Here are some examples: