Putting Your Talents, Passions and Values Together

After you’ve explored your talents, passions and values, you can review your job matches in each of these categories and determine which career direction may be right for you.   If you’d like a copy of a spreadsheet tool to help you do this, email me.  The best job matches are ones that are identified in each of the three categories, at the center point of all three areas, as the diagram here represents. So what about our example of Graham?  The top jobs that came up for him in his analysis of his talents, passions and values are: Advertising Sales

Personal Leadership Lesson 3: Know your Value

Knowing your value in the marketplace is an important component in establishing personal leadership.  In our first post in this series, we focused on how much emphasis recently has been placed on women’s issues, particularly in the workplace, and in women having the ability to know their value in the market.  It seems as though much of the issue stems from women not knowing their value or undervaluing themselves whether it be as a news anchor as one recent book discusses or whether it be as a stay-at-home mom with a side business.  I’m guilty of this, are you?  Do

Work and Lifestyle Values: A Real Life Example

Continuing with the example of Graham, thework and life values he identified for himself are (those in blue you can click on to see job matches): $1·      Responsibility for Outcomes and Results $1·      Freedom to Make Decisions $1·      Recognition $1·      Flexibility of work schedule $1·      High Earning Potential (related to cost of living in the area) $1·      Culturally and socially rich city or environment Graham likes to be in charge and be responsible for his work and the outcomes that are achieved.  And he wants to be compensated accordingly for the outcomes he achieves. He thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial

Personal Leadership on Purpose

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU THROW YOURSELF OUT OF WHACK I’m a big advocate for living a balanced life.  Like I mentioned last week, I especially advocate for living a balanced life based on your mission and the examination of a balanced lifestyle based on the roles in which you serve.  But roles change as life changes, and having the flexibility and discernment to know when to throwing yourself out of balance is a wise decision for personal leadership is important. Some times when this may be appropriate is when your starting a new job, a new company,

On Broadway?

KNOW WHAT YOU VALUE TO DETERMINE CAREER DIRECTION After examining your talents and passions (and also here), considering your values is an important piece in determining career direction.  Values, in this sense, are not values that we should all strive for like integrity and honesty, but your personal work and lifestyle values that are unique to you.  Oftentimes, I see that values are the first thing that gets neglected when considering career decisions, but they really help people eliminate certain career options or certain work environments more effectively than talents and passions do. How do I determine what I value?

Lesson in Personal Leadership 1: Define and Focus on What’s Important

In beginning to discuss lessons in personal leadership, I want to first define what I mean by “personal” leadership.  Quite simply, this is the ability to lead yourself.   It’s difficult if not impossible to have the capacity to lead others if you don’t have the ability to guide yourself in achieving outcomes that are important to you. To do this though, you have to first know what is important to you! Unfortunately many people, don’t sit down an actively consider what their priorities are based on what their purpose is, so therefore they end up letting things that aren’t aligned

A Final Word on Talents and Passions

A WAY TO AVOID BEING MISERABLE Coupled with understanding your talents, discovering what your passionate about is a critical piece in determining career direction.  I find, though, that many people forego incorporating their passion and even their talents into career choices because they don’t think they can make money doing it or they are afraid they will fail.   While I’m an advocate for understanding the marketplace and the demand for certain skills before making career choices, I also believe that people putting aside their gifts and passions end up leaving themselves in very undesirable states. Consider this quote in A

The Focus on Women and Personal Leadership

DO WE REALLY WANT TO HAVE IT ALL? I’ve been overwhelmed the last few weeks with the emphasis in the media and through random conversations about the focus on women.  Women and their choice to stay at home or not to stay at home, to feed Cheetos for breakfast or fix homemade heart shaped pancakes instead, to take a job that demands more travel or not.  About women and equality from the extremes of equal pay to the need for basic human rights for women. Women having it all or wanting it all, or “leaning in” for it all, or

Passions: A Real Life Example

The last two weeks have been devoted to finding your passions through your Holland Code and through examining people, things and ideas that you are passionate about. To make the exercises more concrete, back to the example of Graham: His Holland Code ESA (Enterprising, Social, Artistic) is his Holland Code with a strong bent towards the E.   I like to call him the ultimate capitalist. Job titles connected to these areas: Enterprising Social Artistic His Top Passions Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Provide Consultation and Advice to Others Selling or Influencing Others Monitoring and Controlling Resources Getting Information Analyzing Data

2 Questions for striving servant leaders

WHERE IS YOUR CAR AND YOUR NURSERY? Is your leadership philosophy one of servant leadership?  Wonderful!  I would challenge you this week to consider if you are behaving in ways that demonstrate servant leadership.  Here are some simple questions to ask yourself: Where is your car parked at the office? Do you have an assigned spot with your name or title on it right up front, or do people simply just know the front row is your parking spot whether a sign is there or not?   Or do you discretely park in the back row of the parking lot even