POMP & Circumstance: Making your career SPECTACULAR!
Re-invigorating and creating a spectacular career is all about focus and action. In this seminar you will identify your passions/skill/talents as the first step in igniting your career. The course will then focus on how to keep the fire alive using the principals of ownership and mastery. The final step will provide the key, being present, which will generate the greatest difference you can make in the world.
In a recent Audiology Today (Jan/Feb 2013), a survey was reported by Auburn University that asked Audiologists the question ”If you were to do it over again, would you choose a career in audiology?” Unfortunately almost 20% said they would not and almost 24% said they were undecided! These data suggest that a large proportion of audiologist do not appear to be passionate about their careers! The lack of passion indicates that some audiologists have lost their sense of purpose—the key ingredient in keeping us happy and excited about our careers. This certainly isn’t true for just audiologist! Many of us question whether we are in the right career.
Helping other people and changing lives is why most of us choose our particular professions. We wanted to make an impact on the world and live a fulfilling life. When we leave, we want to know we made a difference. Steve Farber, an executive coach, & bestselling author (“Radical Leap, a Person Lesson in Extreme Leadership,” & “The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World”) teaches us the fundamentals of living a full life—one that is focused on doing what you love in the service of others. Stephen Covey, world famous author for his self-improvement books, describes in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century) the necessity for the human spirit to make a difference, to leave a legacy. Both of these authors, and many others, describe how making a difference brings new energy to our daily lives. Backing this notion is recent data by the Kelly Global Workforce Index indicating that 51% of workers worldwide say they would sacrifice status and pay to have more meaningful work. Daniel Pink, author of “Drive, The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us”, discusses evidence that autonomy, mastery and purpose are key ingredients that gives us that incredible energy that motivates us to make a difference. Thus, research clearly points to the importance of meaningful work in pursuit of a greater good. This holds true for all of us.
What I have learned in my 15 years as a manager and from studying the lessons from the great leaders listed above, are that careers can be spectacular if we truly engage in understanding our passions, our skills and our talents. These three ingredients provide us with the all-important PURPOSE that ignites our energy. However, that alone will not sustain us. Ownership of our purpose increases the drive and provides the proof that we are making a difference. Mastery of our purpose, by increasing our knowledge, will keep us fresh and creative. The final key is being present. By living fully in the moment, being absolutely present with everything we are doing and everyone we are helping, provides a sense of connectedness, of oneness that is the base of serving others. This final key will be the foundation of how great of a difference we make in the world. POMP—purpose, ownership, mastery and presence is a powerful mixture that can change lives and careers. This seminar will walk through each of these components: discovering one’s purpose, finding areas of ownership, identifying steps towards greater mastery, and practicing staying present in every moment. At the end of the seminar, participants will leave with tools to create and sustain the career they have always envisioned.