Congratulations. I’m giving you a promotion. Wow, other blog writers merely talk about giving value but in the first sentence of my first post I give you a promotion. That’s just the kind of guy I am.
OK, OK, so the promotion is a word and mind game … but some people I tell this to come back later and say that the “game” changes everything for them. I hope it will change the way you look at your career, especially if you currently are employed rather than self-employed.
You are now president of Blank Blank Enterprise. Put your first and last name in the two blanks and the enterprise is your career. Imagine that you, as I am, are president of a one-person (that would be you) company. Why, pray tell, do I believe there is value in having you shift your mind-set from that of an employee to that of a self-employed president?
When I’ve asked my clients that question, their answers have included:
- Presidents have more control than employees,
- Presidents take a longer view of things,
- Presidents know they and their companies must add significant value, and
- Presidents know they must depend on their own creativity, perseverance and resilience, among other things, to improve their odds of success.
A few years back I started coaching a person recently laid off from a high-tech firm. Several times in the first session he described himself, in a lethargic voice, as “just a down-sized project manager.” Pretty glum. I describe “project manager” as a “do statement.” It is oftentimes the job title on your business card. I ask some of my coaching clients to come up with a “DO Statement” – which describes what a person really brings to the table when at his or her best. In other words, how could you add significant value if given the chance to shine?
The next session he came bounding into the coffee shop and said he couldn’t wait to tell me his “DO Statement.” I smiled and said, “Lay it on me.”
In a voice brimming with confidence, he said, “I take creative leaders’ visions and turn them into reality.” That confidence and those words were integrated into his revised resume and cover letter as well as in his interviews. Two weeks later he had a new job … but I strongly encouraged him to still act as if he was a self-employed president who knows he must add significant value every day.
How would your words, actions and decisions change if you approached your job next week as president of your career?
And if you bounded into a coffee shop and saw me at the corner table, what would you tell me your “DO Statement” is?