Many years back, during an employee’s performance review, she boldly declared how she hated her work but believed she performed it in a manner exceeding expectations. To this day I stand behind my response; “That is impossible.” My response also included a rating of meeting expectations and a conversation about seeking work she could love.
As I explained my assertion, she began to understand the void created between her contempt for the work and her performance of the work. As I heard Ram Charan say in a talk, there are rarely people who do not want to perform, there are simply misfits between job and person.
The 21st Century has with great velocity brought us into an era of Impact.
Impact: Is the sustainable influence of your leadership; the story of your reach that balances the internal and external.
There is a badge of impact unique to who you are. Delivering in alignment with that impact is dependent upon your self-awareness. The story of your reach as a leader cannot be told out in the world without a balance that begins on the inside.
Seeking work one loves because one’s love flows through the work is the path to impact in the 21st Century.