In our monthly executive forums, we explore ways to grow your interim career and secure the opportunities you want. This month, we share insights from Mark James, CPC (author and founder/president of Hire Consulting Services) to help you determine what inspires your work and makes you successful—your WHY.
As interim executive opportunities rise in popularity, so do the number of candidates who step up to fill them. To land the roles you want, you need a compelling way to stand out from the crowd so you become the top choice.
One of the best ways to differentiate yourself is to know your WHY (the reason you do what you do). Beyond that, you must communicate your WHY in a compelling way, including how it delivers a bottom-line impact to others.
During a recent conversation with Mark James (Founder and President of Hire Consulting Services), we learned the value of self-knowledge—especially when knowing and communicating your passion, your worth, and your impact as an interim executive.
According to Mark, it’s not what you do, but WHY you do it that matters. Your “why” is driven by intrinsic motivation (which comes from within). This motivation means doing something because you feel inspired or driven because the result is personally rewarding to you. Whatever your daily focus (e.g., coaching, leading, directing, managing), hopefully it’s reflective of your true “why,” because when you’re doing work that you’re passionate about, it will have a real impact on the people and companies you work with.
To help understand why you do what you do, and the inspiration behind it, consider these three thought-starters:
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