Why this Job – Six Questions to Ask

When you’re looking for a new job, or evaluating a your current job, understanding the why will help you gain perspective. It will help you make the best decisions for yourself and your life.

One of the best ways to understand motivation is through Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - Answering the why question
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – Answering the Why

In 1943 Abraham Maslow penned a paper that defined a series of needs. These needs summarize our motivation: from the basic (food, clothing, shelter) to abstract (love, belonging, self-esteem) all the way up to self-actualization.

Today, I’m going to examine the needs in terms of your job or job opportunity. We’ll look at the needs and see how a job meets that need and, finally I’m going to share six questions that will help you think about your job in terms of helping you achieve self-actualization.

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How to Respond to a Crisis

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We all experience crisis in our lives.

We can’t control who (or what) causes a crisis. It doesn’t even matter who is responsible. We don’t control those.

There is one thing that we can control: How we respond. Continue reading “How to Respond to a Crisis”

Discover your Passion

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What processes can you use to determine those things that drive you each and every day? The best tool I’ve found to help discover your passion is to ask (and answer!) questions. Before we get to the questions, let’s define what your passion is (and isn’t!) Continue reading “Discover your Passion”

Steps for Clear Communication

It’s always important to have clear communication. In any written communication, whether personal or professional, I have learned to take three steps before I’m done. These three steps help make sure that I communicate both clearly and effectively. They also enhance my writing skills and help me find my mistakes. Continue reading “Steps for Clear Communication”