Are you wondering if you should stay in your current role — or start looking for a new one?
Are you thinking, “There must be something better out there for me. I want to be more excited about what I’m doing.”
Or maybe, “I want to make a bigger impact.”
I applaud you for wanting more!
You absolutely deserve to be excited about what you’re doing — and proud of your contribution. Life’s too short to settle for less!
What to include in Your Blueprint
So, before you do anything else, your first step is to create your blueprint for the ideal role.
Your blueprint should answer the following basic questions:
- What actual work activities do you want to spend your time on?
- And, how much time would you spend on each activity?
- How would you allocate your time across a 40-hour work week?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- How much authority or responsibility would you have for key decisions?
- What contribution would you be making to the organization?
Is it worth the effort?
Are these questions tough to answer?
I agree with you — they’re challenging!
But think about this….
If I asked you to build a new house — and didn’t give you a blueprint — how would you know what to build?
Without a blueprint, you wouldn’t have a clue what I was looking for.
The same is true for making your next career move.
Without spelling out the details, how will you know if a new opportunity is the right fit?
Or that it’s actually an improvement over what you’re doing today?
Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks
I want to share a quick story with you…
One of my coaching clients wanted to find a role where she could spend more of her time on strategic activities — and less time on operational day-to-day work. We worked together on clarifying her strengths, personal brand, leadership skills and overall goals. When she met with a senior executive at her company who was looking to expand his team, she was well prepared with a “blueprint” of exactly what she was looking for. As a result, he created a new position for her that was exactly what she wanted.
How to Fill in The Details
So, to get you started on filling in the details of your own blueprint, here are several steps you can take:
- Track how you’re spending your time over the coming week
- Notice for each activity whether it was one you did well & enjoyed OR wish you could’ve skipped it altogether
- Pay attention to when you were working on something and felt energized & lost track of time
- Observe why others came to you for help and if it played to your strengths
- Make a note of any feedback, compliments or acknowledgement pertaining to your contribution
- Use this information to help you create your first draft of your blueprint
The real power in having your blueprint is for YOU to be clear on what you’re looking for before you start casting a wide net.
Having this clarity will help you pick-and-choose which roles to pursue, explain to others what you’re looking for and, yes, be ready when someone wants to know what your ideal role looks like!
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