Step One to a Better Job: Know What You Want

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 8.09.38 PMIf our jobs aren’t fulfilling us, or paying us enough, or destroying us, it’s time to do something else. The main route to joy, peace, and abundance is through our work. Unless we have rich relatives that are leaving us their money, our work is our number one resource to abundance. So let’s make certain it’s doing its job.

Easier said than done, huh?

Maybe getting the job we want is easier than we think. But there is one big IF  –  we have to know what it is we want to do.

There’s a great book I’d like to recommend: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. After completing a set of multiple choice options online, your answers are evaluated and you get a profile of your five professional strengths.

It’s a hugely enlightening, non-threatening evaluation — one of the coolest assessments I’ve ever taken. And, it was spot on.

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Managing in the Style of Queen Elizabeth I

(photo credit: Zyllan Fotografía via Flickr)

(photo credit: Zyllan Fotografía via Flickr)

I mentioned in an earlier blog entry that I was taking a Teaching Company Great Course on the History of England from the Tutors to the Stuarts in preparation for a trip to Wales, Northern England, and London.

Today, the instructor, Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University in Chicago, introduced Elizabeth I, the grand Queen of England from 1558 to 1609.

Elizabeth I was a master at getting people to do what she wanted them to do. Following on the horrific reign of her sister, best known as Bloody Mary, her subjects feared another inept female monarch. After all, a Queen defied the Great Chain of Being — which linked the “King” from God to man. But through careful actions, she won the love and respect of her subjects.

How did she do this?

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The Power in Teams

(credit: USGA-Humphreys via Flickr)

(credit: USGA-Humphreys via Flickr)

When I was working at Texas Instructions back in the early 90s, I had a chance to go to a training seminar on “teaming” put on by North Texas State University.

Using teams in business was thought innovative at that time, and my organization at TI was an early adopter of the concept.

Now, of course, teaming in business is standard and expected. This is a great thing! I loved when my title was changed from manager to team lead. Leading teams is so much more fun than managing people, although the skills are similar.

I’m still a team lead, though I no longer work in a corporation. Building teams is what I do best and it’s my team(s) that help(s) me get things done in the best, quickest, and most cost effective ways. There is no way I could do what I do without my teams.

There are lots of rules to building teams. One is to hire the very best people. How do you find these people? It’s easy. You ask for them.
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