What should the primary driver be for our career? Is it compensation? Title - resume value and prestige? Balance of Life?Personal health? Mission and purpose? What would you put at the top of your list? And what would you put second?
I have witnessed several recent examples that stimulate these questions. One was a person that was in global demand as a speaker and trainer, traveling to several cities around the world every week. Obviously good at what they did. Then in a candid moment they acknowledged that when they got home Friday they became a puddle, and did not feel human until sometime Sunday. Even though they were good at it all of the speaking and interactions with people it demanded were constantly draining. Should that person keep doing the same thing, or make a change?
Another example is much more positive — yet may seem like a radical thought. Where would you most like to live? Not where are the jobs — just where would you really like to live? One client began with that question — and the answer was Wilmington NC. They loved the arts, water and sailing. It was close enough to children (and hopefully grandchildren some day) to visit regularly without being too close. So they made location first choice, then we figured out how to make a living within that location.
As I look around I worry because people are holding onto jobs because the title and perks are “what is expected”. Siblings debate who is more successful? So do friends. Yet by what measure? Cars, boats, baubles and houses — or true happiness and contentment?
We applaud millennials because they will not remain in a job, or company, they do not enjoy and respect. Sometimes it frustrates “us”, because they think differently and march to a different drummer. Maybe they won’t end up with as much money? That does not seem to be their driver — and they do seem to be enjoying a less stressful life and having fun. Just saying!
– Jim Deupree+
As we observe the news, most of us have a desire for finding a way to melt the obvious tensions in our cities. Polarization seems to only grow. In an Atlanta roundtable of notable leaders committed to the Servant Leadership model, we recently tackled this question. Four actions we can all easily do as individuals emerged: +
A question often raised is whether age discrimination about job opportunities is real, or perceived. There are many opinions, yet few facts. A recent CNBC article provides more facts than most conversations on the sensitive topic, and claims discrimination happens in various ways. +
I happened across one of Richard Branson’s blogs titled “Life is not a journey to retirement.” The blog post is a wonderful illustration of fundamental beliefs that have guided our work at ChapterTwo®. Enjoying what you do at work should always be the goal — and is almost always possible. If you truly enjoy it what is your ultimate goal? +
Given a chance recently to read Popular Science cover to cover, this becomes a really good question, for virtually everyone, not just early adopters, or technology types. In my newly aware opinion, there are three strong reasons for reading Popular Science that apply to virtually everyone in leadership roles. One gains: +
Over the last ten years I have heard hundreds of career transition stories from senior executives. Some were voluntary, many were surprised and most would say “it came earlier than I expected or would have chosen”. +
I will always be a fan of Lou Gerstner for what he did for IBM, and our stock. He truly saved the company, more than most realize. Since leaving IBM, he has continued to lead a “portfolio” life in education, healthcare and private equity. A recent interview published in the McKinsey & Company Quarterly (PDF / URL) shares his thoughts on the DNA of companies that keep on creating value. +
According to a Gallup Survey only 36% of Managers and Executives are engaged in their job. 51% are not engaged, and 13% are actively disengaged. Wow! +