I belong to TecOnLine.com. It's a CEO support group. We meet once a month for a half day to support each other become the best we can be professionally. I paid my money to join because I was tired of making costly business mistakes. The idea is that a group of savvy professionals can help you see around corners you have never taken before in your career.
One of the activities in a Tec meeting is to do a 20 minute presentation on your life and work. The caliber of presentation is stunning. Powerpoints, handouts. The real gift of this exercise is to get busy professionals to take stock of where they have come and to inventory prior achievements.
Have you done that lately? Ever? What are you greatest milestones as a professional? Do you measure your success only in dollars or were other achievements valuable to you as well?
I've been working on my September presentation. The background inventory is important to answering the next set of questions which is Where do you want to go next? What is a must-achieve goal in your life? What are your guiding principles and core values?
I think it is important that we all get as clear as we can about our life agenda. That helps us maneuver into right work, and when we are in right work, the world runs smoother. We've got the right people doing the right job at the right time.
One of my particular life fantasies is the idea of quick career rotations. I'd love to see people do a consuming, satisfying stint at one profession, then be able to easily pick up and move over to another person's profession. "I'm tired of being a CEO, I'd like to be a house painter for the summer." "I know I'm CFO material. If they'd let me do that job for three years, I swear I woudl do a good job."
Too often we hog our jobs and don't move on soon enough. Life is about adventure and play. If we aren't playing enough at work, we aren't really giving our best. If we can't get into an "easy" pace, we are probably taking work much too seriously and don't achieve that relaxed state of natural best performance. Over-gripping can occur just as much on the job as it can on the golf course.
Summer is a gorgious time to enjoy and relax. From this mellow good spot, can you discern something important about where you have been and what you might be best at next in your work?
Make it a good week. Your life could turn a corner this week if you let it.