April 1, 2013

How To Approach Your Career By Design

Greg McKeown runs a leadership and strategy design agency headquartered in Silicon Valley. He recently shared a thought provoking article on HBR on how to approach your career in a more thoughtful and strategic way. He says, “you need a process for evaluating what matters most to you,” and shares three steps to approaching your career by design. He says following this process, “Remains the single most important — and strategic — career decision of my life.” He continues:

It is so easy to get consumed by the stream of activities in our careers. We get so caught up in living our lives that we don’t stop to think sufficiently about our lives.

Ask: What would I do if I could do anything? What would I do if all jobs paid the same? If I could only achieve one thing in my career, what would it be? What do I really want? Again, these are big questions. But my experience is that people spend far more time worried about their job than in creating a vision for their career and how they can uniquely contribute to the world.

Don’t forget to read Greg’s entire post to help you answer these questions. Send a picture of your career sketch to @LiveGrey on Instagram with the tag #LiveGrey to receive a fun gift in the mail!

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