Many years ago, one of the most kind and intelligent women I’ve ever met shared some advice with me. It’s simple when I look back on it, but at the time it was immensely helpful. I had heard about writing out a list of qualities that important to you when it comes to finding a partner. People would write down things like want kids, good with money, warm relationship with family. But, I’d never thought to do the same when it comes to a job. Amrita did!
She helped me to build a list of qualities that are important to me in my job and with the organization I work with. At the time, I was beginning a search for a new job. The time I spent on this exercise pointed me in the right direction when it came to looking for opportunities and the kind of managers I wanted to work with.
This is an exercise I ask my team to do now. I love the clarity that comes from it. It helps connect me with a purpose.
Here’s some of my Amrita list:
- An organization that cares about its people
- Achievement and outcome focused
- Doing good for the world
- Strong sense of accountability
What’s on yours?