When we think of the mandate of most companies, we mostly think profitability and creating value for shareholders & the community at large. Yet, for developmental organizations, one of the primary goals is to make their employees better human beings. Who wouldn’t want to work for a company who is completely invested in growing you as a person?
Imagine going into a team meeting where your colleagues and manager know your goal is to overcome your fear of public speaking so they create a safe space to encourage you to step up during the meeting and offer you feedback not only on your business content but on how well you faced your fear and what it means. These companies actually exist! They bridge the tug-of-war between work life balance by acknowledging that by working on yourself, you will be adding even more value to the business. Its a simple idea with the focus being on everyday execution.
If your company isn’t a developmental organization YET, but you want to work on yourself at work, the first step is an analysis of what you are doing well, how its adding value and noting areas you want to improve in the future. So, here is a simple formula to help you identify all this in under 5 min ( hint:perfect to do before your next performance review so you know where to focus your development training)
Now that you know how to pinpoint your strengths and link them to business outcomes and impact, what are other areas you want to grow in? How can your strengths offer even more impact in new areas at work and in life?