“Champions don’t become champions in the ring- they are merely recognized there. If you want to see where someone develops into a champion, look at his daily routine”
~ John Maxwell ~
Some people slog through life thinking, This is as good as it gets. They put in hours, take their paycheck, and find joy someplace else.
It doesn’t have to be that way for you. There’s a way you can find satisfaction in your current place of employment. You won’t stay in the same spot. Instead, I’ll show you four quick ways to take your career to another level while sticking with the security of your current employer.
- Write your dream job description.
- Find areas in your current job that match your dream job
- Look to add value around you
- Delegate the dregs
1. Write your dream job description. Everyone deserves to go to work with eagerness and delight at what they day will bring. They should work from their strengths and core values. Fulfillment comes when you feel you are making a meaningful difference.
The first step to create your dream job is to define what it is—and what it is not. Sometimes this is harder than you think! Then a career coach can help you find those insights and core values that motivate you to succeed.
If you don’t know what makes you happy, you’ll have a hard time defining your ideal job. So take time to carefully study what your strengths are and what you’d like to spend the majority of your time doing.
2. Find areas in your current job that match your dream job. Look at your current responsibilities. Which ones do you enjoy doing? Which types of responsibilities fit with your dream job description?
These are the ones you want to expand on. Look for ways to increase the amount of time you spend on these jobs. Perhaps a co-worker hates the very work you love. You could look at taking on some of that added responsibility. As you work to your strengths, you will shine.
3. Look to add value around you. Because you are skilled in your “dream areas,” you have a nice level of expertise in them. Continue to grow that expertise. Be available to take on extra work in that area. Because it’s fun for you and you enjoy it, it won’t feel like work.
Because you are eager to assume that responsibility, you’ll earn the gratitude and recognition of your bosses. You may become the go-to person for that area of the work. More work will come your way, and soon, you’ll have merged into your dream career.
Your added value will make it easy to then ask for the pay you want.
4. Delegate the Dregs. You also want to look at the parts of your job you hate. Find an honorable way to do less of them. Because every person has different strengths and skills, one of your co-workers may love that job. Look for ways to trade jobs so you can get the ones you love and your co-workers take from you the ones you hate.
Sometimes just getting rid of the worst jobs can help you love your job more—especially if it frees up time for those projects you love.
As you take these four steps, you can morph your current job into your dream job. Write your dream job description. Expand your value to the company by sharing your strengths and delegating jobs you don’t like. Get the satisfaction you deserve.
Joel’s career coaching opens up opportunities to discover your strengths and find or create your dream job. Take that next step in your career today! Find joy in your work now. Email Joel and learn how to find your dream job—or even how to change your current job into that dream job.
Talkback: How have you moved into your areas of strength? Have you ever given some of the jobs you hated to someone who liked them? What tips can you give others to change their job for the better?
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Leaders are everywhere–from multi-million dollar corporations and sports arenas to schools and political parties. By understanding how different leaders handle change and lead in various situations you can learn a lot about how to become a powerful leader and handle change and adversity under any circumstances.
Effective leaders understand that bringing change, reorganizing, and implementing new reforms are things that are necessary for positive transformation. If you’re a smart leader, even though you have an enormous vision and passion for change, what you propose might not be as easily accepted by your team as you might think.
Whether you lead a company, a religious organization or a sports team, if you want to learn how to become a change leader and bring transformational change start by following these five steps:
- Arouse passion for your cause. You need to hit people at an emotional level. Without inspiration and motivation to bring change, your team won’t have the drive to roll up their sleeves and get to work. A powerful speech from a change leader can help instill passion and give your people the push they need to implement change.
- Create and communicate the vision. Being a change leader comes with many challenges. Communication (and lots of it) is essential to convincing people to adopt change for the better. One enlightening speech might not be enough. You may find you need to coax people using various forms of communication including sharing personal stories, quoting notable texts, using practical examples, and talking to people one-on-one.
- Don’t make the mistake of going it alone. Once people start siding with you, you may think you have what it takes to lead solo. Don’t make that mistake. Training a team on how to be change leaders can multiply your efforts ten-fold. Identify members who share your vision for transformation or bring new ideas to the table, and work together to develop a plan of action for change.
- Emphasize immediate rewards. You need to keep everyone motivated throughout the change process. If your team can’t see substantial benefits to change, it’s less likely they’ll continue to support it. Showcase any change-led accomplishments, publicly praise those who take extra initiative, provide feedback, and allow people to feel the positive effects of change as it happens.
- Secure the vision as the new way of life. Once change starts to take shape, and your team experiences the benefits of change, you’ll see it becoming a movement. Sure, this will take time and effort, but you’ll start to notice that what seemed to be “change” is now the new norm and that your vision is no longer a vision, but has manifested into reality. Lead powerfully to secure this vision in the new team culture you’ve worked so hard to build up.
Want more tips on how to become a change leader? Read this recent blog post I wrote on 5 Ways to Be a More Influential Church Leader for essential tips on building a reputation, cultivating executive presence, and using persuasion to lead a team.
It doesn’t matter if you lead a congregation or a company – all leaders need help. Find a wealth of FREE information on my website, including articles on leadership development to lead change with confidence!