If you have been tuning in then you know we are in the middle of a five-week series, based on the book Strengths Finder 2.0 by, Tom Rath. Book Club participants used the code found in the back of their book to take an on-line survey and determine their top five themes. Still haven't gotten your book or taken the survey? It's not too late. Including this weekend, there are three weekends left to jump in on our conversation.
The first week we disclosed our top five themes and shared whether we thought the descriptions were accurate. The second week we explored those same themes, as they influence dynamics with family and friends. I came to terms with why a contractor was measuring my backyard for a pool installation and many of you reflected on how your strengths impacted the way you parented, transitioned into a new community, or explained interactions with friends.
New Saturday, new topic.
Work. Whether you work full time or part time; in an office or out of your house; as an independent contractor; a professional volunteer; or a stay-at-home mom, I expect today will be enlightening. Today we consider how our top five themes influence the work we do.
My top five themes are: Strategic, Focus, Input, Ideation, and Achiever. I've had eight jobs in seven states over the past 22 years and regardless of title or job description, it is only a matter of time before I begin building or creating something. I imagine my instinct to build is somehow related to my propensity for developing strategies, combined with ideation, and the satisfaction that comes along with achievement.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (say that ten times fast) wrote a book titled, Flow. "Flow," he explains is one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences we can have. It can be defined as activity that is demanding and rewarding and is often characterized by someone being so engaged they lose track of time and forget about all other commitments.
So, here's the question, embedded deep in the heart of my Texas post...
What activity do you engage in that puts you in a state of "flow?" How do your top five themes help explain why you find it so enjoyable? And finally, is the activity you described part of your daily work routine (however you define work)? If not, what kind of job would allow you to be in a more constant state of flow?
Jess, Melissa, and Marcy... I'll cross my fingers and hope you can jump in this weekend!
Signing off until tomorrow...