Shine Bright like a Diamond
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do more of the things that play to your natural strengths at work? We’d all certainly get more done, and it would be infinitely more satisfying! Identifying, recognising and understanding what you love doing and what you find easy to do can help guide your future career choices and decisions. Use this information to help you decide what you do next. If you reflect, look at your career to date, and consider when you were at your best, what were you doing? What was it about a particular role that allowed you to be your best? Was it the role itself? The particular skills you had to use? The fact that you were able to do what you loved doing? That you were part of a team? The culture of the organisation? Looking back and identifying these specific themes can help greatly in guiding your future decisions, and ultimately ensure you do do more of what you love.
Similarly, there are things that are our natural drivers but, for whatever reason, we don’t get the opportunity to use or demonstrate those competencies at work. Being able to reveal your natural potential is vital to being able to use and hone the skills you could quickly develop so they come easily, and over time become things you're good at and do with your eyes closed. The ODC helps you to focus your efforts on those things that come more naturally - whether you're currently aware of them or not! Therefore to shine bright like a diamond;
Realise what you love doing;
Aspire to develop other things that come easily to you - your natural potential; and
Do realise your full potential and reveal your true self!
I often refer to the power of language, and the words people use, when I'm facilitating management and leadership development workshops.
When I'm working with my clients, it always amazes me the number of people who tell me that they spend far too much time in ineffective meetings. When I respond with "Who is it that agrees you will attend?" or "What would happen if you just didn’t go?" I normally receive lots of blank looks.
I have to admit; I find it less than easy to switch off, and especially so when I'm at home! There can just always be something to do. I realised that the only time I actually do switch off is when I bake!
I was lucky enough to spend the majority of my summer in Kirkcudbright in Scotland. One day, on my way into town to get some new tyres on my car, I was confronted with the single track lane that I was driving along being completely blocked by a tractor, it’s trailer and some trees!
I appreciate that agile working doesn't suit everyone or every type of organisation, however I encourage anyone to consider an agile process for themselves and adopt an open, growth mindset where you can.