Are your best skills going to waste?
Are you a bit bored at work?
Are you under utilised and under appreciated?
If yes, then this learning note is for you! It will provide you with some great tips for turning that frustrated energy into a powerful tool to make you stand out at work, feel fulfilled and add more meaning to your job everyday, including: learning prompts, a case study example – going from frustrated to happy in exactly the same job and ideas on what steps to take next to get started.
The key learning point is to look at why and when you are frustrated and use that energy to design the role you want and started doing that role in your current job right now.
To channel that frustration into something positive for yourself try to understand why you are frustrated, what triggers you and what type of work would ease that frustration.
- What is the biggest problem facing your team, project or business?
- What skills do you most want to use that could help solve this problem? And, how?
- What would this solution mean to your boss, customer, business?
- Can you start working on this solution as part of your current role?
- How can you get support for this idea?
- Who could support to get this idea off the ground?
- What would it take to make happen?
- Do you need extra support or can you do this alone?
- What would it mean to you to use these skill in this way?
- How would you feel if you to used these skills everyday?
- What skills do you love using?
- Could you integrate them in to HOW you do your job?
As you know I love coaching but in my current role as a consultant I have very little opportunity for coaching as I don’t have direct reports. This doesn’t stop me from taking on this role unofficially and people who are aware of my business regularly come to me for advice, coaching or to bounce ideas around. One way I have incorporated my coaching skills into work is to use them to create really positive outcomes in workshops and meetings that I lead. If you have watched some of my facebook lives on managing meetings you will know that there have certainly been some ‘trials and tribulations’ with some ‘interesting’ behaviours in meetings. This might sound a bit lateral and it is. Using powerful listening techniques and skills to stay present and in the moment just makes meetings, workshops and how groups of humans functions so much better.
Some of the tools I use are questions (just like the prompts above). Thoughtful and empathetic questions can be asked in 1:1 discussions or even to groups. And, just sitting still with someone and really hearing them and not interrupting or making a judgement, really taking the time to respond to allow more silence in discussion creates a beautifully safe space for honesty, trust and empathy to build and grow.
Using these techniques has allowed me to create greater connection and also to be open to surprising compliments, advice or observations that I would have not been open to recieve otherwise.
What is the impact to me?
Work feels more meaningful.
I have a smile on my face as I head out of the station.
I come home feeling satisfied.
I sleep better.
Of course, I’d love to work full time as a coach and I’m building my business towards that goal (eventually.) But I’m not in a rush and I love working in IT (what other profession could I spend my day talking Star Wars, Tesla, colonising Mars and robots, oh and strategising the adoption of the latest leading edge tech?). By combining both passions and thinking laterally on how I can incorporate this skill set, I get the best of both worlds without feeling I have a passion and ‘real work’ in two different silos of my life.
Next time you get super frustrated and think ‘If I only I could’….
Write down your thoughts!
Get planning, start testing out what you could do until you find something that just clicks day to day in your job.
GO FOR IT!