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Humans have a range of unique abilities.

To tell compelling stories that connect.

To listen to the wonderful stories of others.

To display empathy.

To genuinely care.

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There was a time when employees committed to an organisation for life.

They went to work, got their job done, dusted themselves off and went home.

What they did there didn’t really matter.

What matters is that they turned up and did what they were supposed to do.

They followed the manual, they did it by the book.

But that’s changed.

We’re no longer committed to an organisation for life.

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Every workplace has them.

Cautionary tales of the guy who got too drunk at last year’s Christmas party.

Or the sales rep who never make any calls, but fudged her reports.

Or the guy from accounting who got caught pinching pennies.

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With my recent change in roles, I was considering what changes I would need to make to my LinkedIn profile.

As a part of my new role is “leading a team of about 20 people.”

But that didn’t seem sufficient.  Something was missing.

Then it dawned on me.

It should read, “leading a team of about 20 awesome people.”

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Crackers by themselves aren’t all that inspiring.

They’re dry and bland and don’t do a lot for me.

But add a nice peppersweet or roast capsicum dip and it’s game on.

They come alive.

Those little round biscuits become a party in my mouth (OK, that’s a bit over the top, but I really, really like them).

You may feel as though your job is like those crackers.

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Every office has a guy like Bob.

He’s Mr Average.

He’s always the last to arrive and the first to leave.

He has longer coffee breaks than anyone else.

If there’s a tough team deadline to achieve, you can almost guarantee that he’ll call in sick.

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What you do every day is not just a job.

It’s an opportunity to further develop your skills.

It’s a chance to stimulate your brain and solve challenging problems.

It’s an opportunity to add value to the people around you, to make them smile, to help them to feel better about themselves.

It’s a chance to build resilience when the going gets tough.

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I’ve worked in roles where I didn’t quite fit in.

The culture wasn’t quite right for me and I wasn’t spending my energy on activities that matched my skills.

It was a great place, with great people, but it wasn’t right for me, certainly not in the long-term.

I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.

Is that you?

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Since I finished school in 1989 (yes, I’m that old), and before starting my own business, I have worked for 4 organisations.  I worked for a major bank, a telecommunications company and two different church denominations.  In most of those organisations, I held multiple roles and had the privilege of working with, and for, some great people.

As I reflect upon my career, I can honestly say that I loved each of the jobs that I had.  There may have been aspects of these roles that I didn’t enjoy, or that didn’t match my skills, but overall, they were positive experiences that taught me a lot and prepared me for where I am today.

But if I genuinely loved them, why did I move on?

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dont-get-a-job-find-yourFrom a young age, we feel this strange compulsion to get a job.

It makes sense.  We have to find a way to make money, to buy food and keep a roof over our heads.

There are certain expectations of us.  From our parents, our friends, society.

Get a job.

While you’re at it, make it a good one.  One with a fancy title and good pay.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time at work, so you may as well get well paid for it.

But is that all there is?

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