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

Passions through People, Things and Ideas & Other Cool Tools

Identifying your Holland Code is a good starting place to consider your passions, but it isn’t the only way to discover what truly cranks your tractor. You can use the Find Your Point Worksheet to identify passions through the categories of people, things and ideas to determine career areas (the passion section starts on page 11).   Each item underlined in the worksheet is a link to jobs connected to that dimension. Cool tools for finding your passion Stanford Resources Bureau of Labor Tool Who Do you Want 2 B? Questions to ask yourself What do you spend your free time doing? What do

What I’ve found out about employment testing vendors

I’ve been vetting different off-the-shelf employment selection instruments for a client.  Here is my advice through questions you should ask yourself in the vetting process as well as some good sources I’ve found for off-the-shelf instruments.   Questions to ask yourself if you are considering adding a selection assessment:  1. Have I done a job analysis?  If not, you need to do one to know which dimensions your assessment needs to help you select for. 2.  After a job analysis, are my main issues in selection skill or will issues?   Do I need an aptitude or skills based test

Passions via your Holland Code

You’ve analyzed your talents and realize you, lets say, have knowledge and skills in the field of biology coupled with the ability to solve complex problems which may lead you to believe a career in medicine is appropriate for you.  But you don’t particularly enjoy any of these things and the thought of working with sick people isn’t appealing.   Just because you are good at something, doesn’t necessarily mean you enjoy doing it, but oftentimes it does. We typically enjoy what we can do well quite simply because we are good at it.  This is where it is important to consider

Climbing the Ladder

2 TIPS FOR CLIMBING AND 2 TIPS FOR LEANING YOUR LADDER AGAINST THE RIGHT WALL In talking to some top performing college students today,  I realized that they have what it takes to climb the rungs: 1.  You don’t have to give them m&ms to motivate them.  They are self-motivated and conscientious.  This is a characteristic that employers want.  In fact, coupled with IQ, this is the greatest predictor of job performance across all jobs.  Here’s some more info on the analogy of the m&ms.    2.  They can wait for another marshmallow.  They have the ability to delay gratification

Talents: A real life example

Over the last week, I’ve given a lot of thought into which client I should highlight as an example of discovering talents.  There have been many, all unique, with so many talents to share.  I anticipate using this person as an example throughout the process of describing how you discover yourself and match it to the market, so it has been difficult to pick the “best” one. With much thought, I’ve decided to make this example personal.  No, I’m not going to describe myself and my journey, but I’m not going to use a paying client either.  Instead, I’m going

“Mind on, Hands off”

LESSONS ON LEADERSHIP FROM BOB WOODWARD I had the unique opportunity to hear Bob Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate Scandal, speak in a private session to the Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama.  Bob was asked the question, “What advice would you give to students about leadership?” Instead of giving points on leadership, or even discussing one of the seven Presidents he has interviewed,  he told the story of Katharine Graham, owner of the Washington Post.  By describing the key points of one of their discussions about the Watergate story he emphasized these key points: She was “mind

Your Talents- What are you good at?

The first step in finding your light is to know yourself.  The three pieces of knowing yourself involve discovering your talents, passions and values. We’ll start first with identifying your talents.    There are many ways to define and identify talents, but for the purpose of career exploration and development, I think they best way to identify your talents is to define them in the way that employers do.   After all, the whole point of knowing yourself is so that you can be able to find a career that you enjoy doing so that your light can shine. KSAOs- Knowledge, Skills, Abilities