I read an article about employee attrition recently that rehashed many well-known points. What struck me was a comment by a person who had been in a dead-end job for 10 years (ugh) and who is slogging it out to retirement (another 10+ years away).
For this person, and others in similar situations, buy and read a copy of Now, Discover Your Strengths. Then, believe, change, and achieve!
- Believe – Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton’s book illustrates that we each have a multitude of talents, gifts, strengths. Whatever you choose to call them, we are good at certain things, and struggle with others. This richness of ability is at the heart of diversity in the world.
- Change – A popular quotation says: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” For those who feel “stuck” in jobs, it can be empowering to realize that the constraint is self-imposed. Take the necessary step and stop repeating the insanity. Find something new. Find somewhere new where people value your contributions and where you get to do what you do best each day.
- Achieve – A certain amount of self-confidence is required to believe in oneself. Once you believe, it makes considering a change possible. And once you make the change you will have new chances to use your unique strengths. Exercising those strengths feels good and creates a self-perpetuating cycle of achievement.
The pivot point is that when we use our strengths on a daily basis we are energized, engaged, and contribute at our highest level. The work seems more like fun than drudgery. We owe it to ourselves to be the best we can be. When we do, the companies we work for benefit, shareholders benefit (through improved profitability) and society benefits. Life is too short to merely mark time in an unfulfilling job so… Believe, Change, ACHIEVE!
Help someone who’s discouraged by sharing examples of people who have found new ways to use their inherent strengths.