Monthly Archive: February 2014

Happy With Your Job?

“My Lord of Suffolk, say, is this the guise, Is this the fashion in the court of England? Is this the government of Britain’s isle, And this the royalty of Albion’s king?”

I guess we all have our little black holes when it comes to job satisfaction. However, when the days get black and there is no end to it, we cannot rely on “emergent strategy” (Mintzberg and Waters, 1985) alone and hope that the circumstances will change. Or as Christensen (2012) puts it, “that if you are in these circumstances, experiment in life. As you learn from each experiment, adjust.” It took me more than ten years to get the job I really like. Here is how I started my change:

You get what you focus on – so focus on the positive!

  1. Stated on the positive – what do you want?
  2. Where do you want this outcome?
  3. When do you want this outcome?
  4. With whom do you want this outcome?
  5. What would be the evidence that you had achieved your outcome?
  6. How would you know if you were getting your outcome?
  7. What would you be doing to get it?
  8. What would you be seeing and hearing?
  9. What would you be feeling?
  10. How would you represent this?
  11. What would be a demonstration of it?
  12. What resources can you activate to get this outcome?
  13. What resources can you acquire to get this outcome?
  14. What can you continue to do?
  15. What would happen if you got this outcome?
  16. How will getting this outcome affect other areas of your life?

“But we must add ‘in a complete life’. For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.” [Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, I, 6]