Seth Godin's UDEMY class for freelancers has a series of exercises that are very thought provoking. The first is to answer the question, "What do you want to do?" This is not referring to a job title, but asks the student to consider the activities you want to fill your time.
I've thought about this for about a week now. I've paid attention to what I find myself doing at various times of the day. Given my passion for maximizing my flow experiences, I have determined that my favorite activities consist of
- Researching and writing
- Connecting the dots (Analyzing processes)
- Promoting and connecting people
- Coaching people to new ways of thinking
- Photography (capturing moments)
- Keeping myself strong and healthy
My favorite subjects to research, analyze, and write are seemingly unrelated on the surface, but at a meta-level are integrally connected. My research in the fire service--especially with the Georgia Smoke Diver program--has presented me with a model of transformational leadership that I believe is transferrable to many other organizations.
Most of my consulting work is in Information Technology (IT). I love the promise of improved well-being that technology brings. However, over the last 35 years I have witnessed the development of systems that ignore the end user and fail to deliver promised productivity and efficiency. Over and over, I run into people who are frustrated with their jobs because of technology (including me, when I have to deal with a terribly designed system). No one should go home at the end of the day feeling frustrated that he or she couldn't get the job done because the technology got in the way. It seems to me that, if the IT world was as outward focused as the fire service is, users of technology would be much happier in their jobs.
More to come...the next question is "Who do you want to change, and how do you want to change them?"