Who, me? Okay, I’ll go first, but only if you promise to take a turn too.
I teach people about Ho‘ohana and Aloha.
As I do so, I work to maximize the grown-in talents of other people, helping them articulate their talents in a language of values, strengths, and intention.
I am intent on making workplaces better, and by ‘better,’ I mean that they are healthier. By ‘healthier,’ I mean that all the people involved with those workplaces feel they are thriving within them; they can be their best.
I work ever mindful of sense of place; yours, mine, and ours.
I help others ‘walk their talk’ in a more deliberate way, teaching them to wear their visibility more comfortably, and with Ho‘ohanohano (the Aloha of dignity, respect and humility).
My needs are similar to yours, so I do for me what I do for you. I am constantly learning to invest in the strengths of my personal values, using them, and exploring them as fully as I possibly can.
I teach others about the things I know to be true, and I ask them to teach me about what they know to be true.
I keep my curiosity front and center, so it will help me listen better. I want to respond to others instead of preach to them, for I feel I learn best from other people.
I honor conversation as our best communication, sharing Talking Story and something I call The Daily 5 Minutes. These are my tools, yet they are also goals I share with you, for I work on them too.
I write. A lot.
Though it is ever present, and is necessary, a job was never mentioned in my answers.
Job is simply a fringe player to the things you really do. However job might be described on paper is usually way too small for us; too limiting. In organizations it can be censored in the politically correct way that usually isn’t specific enough, or passionate enough.
You try it. Write your own list of things you do from your source of personal well being, and not ‘by the book’ or looking at some page in your employee manual.
Then tell me: What is it that you do?
Don’t allow your art to get smothered by your job.
Allow your job to express your art.
What our world needs is you, and what you manifest and create.
Use whatever you have to work with.
Expression can take different forms.
It’s the work itself that is beautiful, making the job more meaningful.
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Footnote: Mondays are devoted to Managing with Aloha here on Talking Story. I set out to write a professional business book, and I feel I did. What I notice, is that it works best for people who read it, and use it in a highly personal way.