And is it aligned with your career direction?
When I was younger and hopping from one job to another, in the pursuit of finding my passion, I never stopped to consider that what I was looking for was an alignment in values. On reflection, the most fulfilling roles I?ve ever had have been working for leaders who share similar values to my own. You see our values are the things that we believe are most important to us in the way we live our lives. They dictate our behaviour and help us understand the difference between right and wrong. And often we?re completely unaware of them.
20 years ago I valued working hard, having fun and being recognised for my achievements and so excelled in organisations that valued the same thing. I had ambitions of becoming a CEO and climbing the corporate ladder as quickly as I could.
As my values evolved throughout my life I found I no longer cared so much about working hard (I?d much prefer to work smart) and I didn?t need recognition to know when I was doing a good job. And, the main reason I left the corporate world to start my own business was to make a bigger difference to people lives. The longer I stayed in my banking role the more frustrated I became, that I wasn?t making a big enough contribution and eventually this was my catalyst to change.
So, if you?re noticing like you?re out of alignment with your role or your organisation, or things just don?t feel right, it might be worthwhile doing a little exercise to understand your values. Articulating your values will make sure your decisions align and things continue to operate in harmony.
?When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier? ~ Roy E. Disney
To identify your values try this quick exercise:
- Brainstorm and write a list of words that describe what?s important to you in your life (for example it might be – family, professional growth, creativity, etc). What makes you the happiest and gives you meaning?
- Take a day or two to notice how these values play out in your everyday life and add or remove words as required.
- Now pick the top ten that are most important to you in your business
- Then put those top ten in order of importance with your most important being number #1 and your least important being number #10.
Once you have your values listed in order of importance take a look at the direction you?re wanting your career to go and see if it aligns with your top values. If it doesn?t than it might be time to review where you?re going and who you want to be working for in the future.
When your career direction aligns with your values, things will run smoothly and you?ll enjoy what you?re doing.
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Shelley Flett is a passionate leader with a keen focus on creating efficient and sustainable team environments through adaptable leadership.?She is a Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Mentor and Speaker who ignites vision and purpose in those she works with.
If you?d like to know more about her latest program on bringing teams together please drop her an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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