“The indispensable employee brings humanity and connection and art to her organization. She is the key player, the one who’s difficult to live without, the person you can build something around.” Seth Godin
Are you ready to have your career soar in 2017? If the answer is YES! Do you have a plan?
Buckle your seat belt and here we grow… in the next few minutes we’ll map out the path to ensure you reach your goals for the upcoming year.
Why Your Work Matters
First, let’s look at the state of your world. Seth Godin’s insightful blog ’10 Questions For Work That Matters’ is the best place to start when reflecting on your work in 2016. These questions will ensure that you are connecting your work to something more meaningful than just a paycheck or a title. Make the commitment to yourself, to your company and to the greater good you are achieving through work that you are passionate about.
Reflect on and answer the following questions.
- What are you doing that’s difficult?
- What are you doing that people believe only you can do?
- Who are you connecting?
- What do people say when they talk about you?
- What are you afraid of?
- What’s the scarce resource?
- Who are you trying to change?
- What does the change look like?
- Would we miss your work if you stopped making it?
- What do you stand for?
- What contribution are you making?
Per Seth any question that’s difficult to answer deserves more thought. Any answers that are meandering, nuanced or complex are probably a symptom of something important.
Solidify Commitment Via Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
An IDP is not simply a potential career path, this plan alone won’t guarantee results. But when you combine the IDP with your heartfelt commitment, that’s where the power is. An IDP is a two-way commitment between you and your company to empower you to grow, to provide you with new opportunities and challenges. It is a statement that tells you:
- You are safe here (we are planning your future)
- You belong here (we are envisioning where you can increase your impact for the tribe)
- You matter here (we are co-creating a way for you to shine even more brightly)
This is why an IDP is essential, and also why it’s key for it to be co-created with your leader, and driven forward by you. If IDPs are a new concept to you and your company, this is your opportunity to introduce this concept to your leader. An IDP is an intrinsic motivator—only a person that wants to grow will want an IDP.Your leader and company will take your IDP seriously because it’s a written commitment. You will want to move it forward to enjoy the many benefits of personal and professional growth.