Summer Book Series #9: How To Measure Your Life, Find Happiness In Your Career

Clayton Christensen's book - How Will You Measure Your Life?How do you measure your life? And how can you be sure you’ll find happiness in your career?

The definition of a career (as a job for life) has well and truly changed over the last decade or so. Sometimes 7 years on one track can feel like a lifetime!

We are now faced with an abundance of choice for the directions we can take. And for a while now we’ve started realising (and research has proven) that financial or positional success in our careers doesn’t necessarily makes us happy. As we evolve, what we want and what makes us happy in our career can change too.

How to measure your life & find happiness in your career?

To understand happiness, we first need to understand what makes us tick as individuals. What motivates us?

In this podcast Chris & Sam discuss the fundamental motivators in our work – including those ‘baseline’ factors that are necessary and those that really enhance our motivation and sense of fulfillment in our careers – and then outline some poignant questions you can ask yourself as you take a moment to reflect on where you are at and how you can measure the happiness you find in your current role.

Whether you’re considering taking a leap of faith into a new role, company or career, or whether you’re only just starting to evaluate how happy you currently are – Clayton Christensen’s book – [amazon ASIN=”0007449151″]How Will You Measure Your Life?[/amazon] – will help inspire you to ask some of the questions that really matter, and find meaningful clarity in your life and career.

How do you measure your life? Have you found happiness in your career? We’d love to hear how these questions have inspired you, or whether you have different ways of evaluating your happiness in your life and work.

Making Yourself Heard

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If you’ve ever felt like you had something important to say, but found that you got to the end of a meeting/appointment/event without raising your questions or sharing your input, it can raise frustration levels high!

Our regular listener and favourite topic-sharer Rob Mey asked a while ago via Facebook:

“Sometimes I feel like I have the answer but people (mostly in a business context) won’t listen, they want to talk and talk and talk and ultimately – the issue becomes about the conversation rather than the issue that started the conversation and nothing gets done… Now I’m not in a leadership position per se and I was wondering what are the best techniques that get people to Shut Up and really listen!?”

Whether it is in a work context, meetings with authority figures, at networking events or even socially – there are things we can do to help ourselves be heard, regardless of whether we’re given an open invitation to talk or not.

Join Paul and Sam as they explore a few techniques that can help us make ourselves heard in the appropriate moments, as well as one thing you can do beforehand to increase your confidence and something you can do after for those times when you’ve still left things unsaid!

The Challenges of Outsourcing & Delegating

Another great topic suggestion via Twitter, from @RizWasti on Outsourcing.

Sam and Paul explore the process of outsourcing and compare it to the general delegation of a task; both can be quite a minefield if you aren’t careful!

So, just because you have given the work to someone else to complete, doesn’t mean you are off the hook or no longer responsible. You still need to work with them to ensure the results are what you expect!

Whether you delegate chores at home, tasks at work or larger outsourcing projects/roles, join us as we explore the dangers and challenges of delegating a task, along with some tips and strategies to ensure it goes according to plan (and doesn’t backfire on you)!

There must be something good about Halifax?

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This was the question posed to me recently on Twitter. You see, I’ve been spending a LOT of time in Halifax recently. It’s a relatively small town in West Yorkshire, in the north of England. It’s situated in a valley with three main roads in and out of the town. Most of the roads are one-way and traffic can be snarled up for quite some time during rush hour. There are a couple of very large companies based there which means a lot of people commute. This, in my humble opinion, is the root of the problem. Continue reading

Relieve The Pressure

Paul and Chris talk about how you can deal with times when you know things are just going to be a lot of hard work.

We all have times when the going gets tough, it’s all a part of the ups an downs of life. If you feel you are going through, or are about to, a period in your life that could be a bit of a burden, then this podcast is for you. Packed full of tips, tricks and ideas you might like to try yourself.

  • Learn how to reduce the burden of long distance and frequent traveling
  • Develop how to take a break, even when work is demanding a lot of your time
  • How to cope with over indulgence, either self imposed or as a result of a host’s hospitality
  • Techniques on how to stick to what you know is good for you
  • Dealing with repetitive tasks

Find out your own ways to relieve the pressure and then let us know what works for you!

(As mentioned in the podcast here is he photo of Chris at the Pyramids!)

How to: Work Smarter Not Harder

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Do you find the mis-communication is causing confusion, or even worse the total lack of communication is resulting in duplication or work?

When is the last time you reviewed your communication with your fellow workers?

More specifically do you take control and manage up the communication between you and your manager?

During this podcast Chris and Paul talk about how you can actively work smarter and not harder.

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Creating your own Boilerplate for life

Recently I joined a local business networking group. It’s a good way to get to know other local businesses and exchange a few referrals. It’s also a really good support group for developing your own business strategy. One of the things we all do at this group is give a 60 second review of our business. Some people call this an elevator speech. Previously I would normally make up my 60 seconds on the fly, as I’m quite happy to ad lib and sometimes the pressure results in a few amusing points that wouldn’t have come out in a totally prepared speech.

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3 Great ways to take care of yourself when looking for work

Looking for a new job, especially when you’re already out of work, is a significant period of change which brings additional emotional challenges you will need to cope with. In this podcast, Chris and Paul discuss the critical aspect of taking care of yourself during this stressful time and provide three simple and effective ways to stay motivated, energised and productive while you wait for that dream job to appear on your doorstep.

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The most overlooked part of the success equation

The path to success often means MORE. More health, more money, more time with family, more promotions, more holidays, more ‘more’.

Our society seems to relentlessly push us to want more and need more. “Do more with less” is a common mantra in today’s businesses, cutbacks in staff means to continue on the path of ‘getting ahead’ you simply need to put your head down, nose to the grindstone and work harder. All in the name of more. However, there is another side.

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It doesn’t have to be hard work all the time

Being a coach, I’m very keen to “walk the talk” or rather, not just say coaching is good but have a coach myself because I know just how powerful it can be.

During a recent session it quickly became clear that I was on the verge of taking on too much. Over the last few months the power of being coached has resulted in some significant changes in my life and how I view situations. I’d been actively putting in a lot of work, spinning a lot of plates and generally been about as busy as I could physically be.

What surprised me was that I’ve now reached a point where pretty much everything is going to plan, on track and on schedule. I found myself looking for that extra thing that would put me back into the sensation of feeling, well rushed, busy and on the edge of coping.

I had become so used to “working my butt off” that now I had been able to schedule things better, automate them or even outsource them (my new favourite thing!) I was presented with a strange feeling of “what next?”!

Thankfully working with my coach I was able to see that, I was busy, very busy in fact. I was however, working smarter, better than before and I was now producing the results without having to work 16 hours a day. Ultimately I want to keep it this way, working at a pace that is healthy and even FUN!  As long as I’m still progressing, make moves in the direction that I want to go at a pace that works, then I’m doing the right thing.

I’d love to hear from others that have almost become so used to feeling rushed, that they often end up missing that feeling when everything is going to plan. What do you do to make sure you don’t overload yourself, just because you feel you should. How do you know when enough is enough?