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How to love your job
Jonathan | December 5, 2017
Some people know from an early age exactly what they want to do and pursue it their whole lives. The rest of us have to figure it out along the way.
As an individual our personal satisfaction is tightly linked to our job satisfaction. As leaders, our team’s performance is tightly linked to their job satisfaction. But how do we know what will give us satisfaction? I created a framework I like to use that I call the 3 circles:
Knowing your 3 circles is key to job satisfaction, because there are many danger zones if we end up with our job in the wrong intersection.
Most of us want to continually learn, but if we take on too many new things most of us will feel overwhelmed. Similarly, if we spend too much time in areas where we have no passion, or where our skills are a poor match we get frustrated. Everyone is different but in an ideal world our job, and those of our team members would look something like this:
The key is self-awareness. Even if we know what we want to do some of it may not be realistic given our skills. Of course there is also a fourth circle: What is needed in the organization. If that circle doesn’t overlap with our sweet spot then we are in the wrong job. Finally open communication is require by both leadership and team members to try and put people in their sweet spots as much as possible. It will never be a perfect fit, but it will improve over time as our sweet spot grows.
So if you want to feel more satisfied in your job, understand your 3 circles. If you want your team members to be more satisfied, understand theirs.