When you talk do people start looking around or checking their smart phones? If so, don’t worry. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t like you. It probably just means that you are boring.
Imagine what would happen to your career if you were boring in an interview, or while making a motivational speech to your employees.
I can already hear a few of you saying, “I would probably get promoted!”
It is highly likely you have been managed or led by a bore. Corporate America is filled with uninspiring people.
Don’t be like them!
Choose to be different. You can be that person who causes goose bumps to rise.
Simon Sineak, well-known for his TED talk, researched why some organizations and leaders are able to inspire while others are not.
Sineak found that “all great leaders and organizations think, act and communicate the exact same way. It is the opposite of everyone else. Great leaders and organizations start with their ‘why.’”
Great organizations and leaders identify their purpose, their greater reason for why they take action, and the “what” is secondary.
By asking why, you get in touch with something much deeper, which is your personal driver, your reason for getting up in the morning, or as you may have heard, your purpose.
Your ability to lead and motivate other people – no matter if it is leading a team, inspiring someone to consider your work in their decisions, or influence someone to hire you — you must be able to communicate in a way that inspires others to take action.
To break the mold, bring joy and inspiration to your work, consider the following two questions:
Question #1: What is your “why?” In other words, what is your purpose in life and work?
Amber’s childhood fueled her purpose in life. A mid-level manager identified by HR as “high potential,” she is inspirational and people love working with and for her.
Growing up, Amber’s family was so poor that the only way they could enjoy the material celebration of Christmas was through donations. Everything from the meal to a decorated tree to gifts for Amber and her siblings were donated by local charities.
Amber’s purpose now is simply to brighten someone’s day, every day.
She said this comes through when she is grocery shopping. She often finds something to compliment the cashier on. At work she mentors others, and in her community service she works to pay it forward.
This purpose gets her up in the morning, and at the end of the day she always has something to smile about – about how she made someone’s day better.
Question #2: How is your purpose fulfilled through your work?
Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
If your first thought was, “To make money to pay the bills,” let me clarify that earning a salary is a result of your work, but not the purpose behind your actions.
Amber’s purpose keeps her focused on how her clients feel when they interact with her organization.
“Will the decisions I make brighten the day of my organization’s clients?” She uses this as a compass for her work and it pays off in client satisfaction as well as in Amber’s engagement and job satisfaction.
Are you surprised by the simplicity of her purpose?
This doesn’t have to be complex. Your purpose is truly yours and can be as complex or as simple as you would like.
If you aren’t clear on your purpose, or how your purpose is connected to your work, dedicate 30 minutes to brainstorm, or have a friend or coach ask questions to help bring clarity.
What I know for sure: Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. – Oprah