Replace Your Job with A Calling in 2017

  What Fills Your Monday?Monday is the day we head back to work.   The firm where I office, WeWork, displays signs that give a shout out to loving Monday. Do you love Monday? On this first post of 2017, I’d like you to consider the possibilities.   What if "calling" defeated "job," if "vocation" drove away "occupation?"  An occupation fills your time. A Vocation fulfills your destiny.   A job is working for a living. A Calling is working for a purpo … [Read More...]

Follow These Clues to A Clear Sense of Calling

 The Storks Find Their CallingOver the holiday break, we watched Storks (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4624424/). (Spoiler alert) The plot goes something like this.  The storks have graduated from baby delivery to package delivery—less hassles and better profits. Junior, the heir apparent for CEO, makes several choices that lead to a baby being accidently produced which then requires delivery.   The delivery adventure leads Junior to an epiphany which culminates in a pitch to the stor … [Read More...]

The Secret to Your Vocation: The Caller is Calling

The language of calling is all around us.   The word is right there on the subway sign with the implication: "follow the right path, get the right education, and you’ll discover your calling."   We seem attracted to the idea that you can find a path to a dream job, your a life-purpose, a destiny.   We love “calling,” but we’re collectively squeamish about the source of this information.   We are not sure about the "caller.” They say they want the kingdom, but they don’t want God in it. Johnny C … [Read More...]

Finding Meaning in Your Work: a tale of two cities

 What's the Purpose of My Work?This is a question I hear frequently.   In a recent focus group of professionals, purpose was the number 1 concern/question participants had about their work.  "Money as the chief end of work" also was a concern and source of angst as group members reflected on the culture of the companies where they are employed.   After a delivering a talk on calling, an audience member came to me and said, I can't imagine how my work has anything to do with the p … [Read More...]

Callings Are Better than Just One Calling

Calling brings with it a sense of clarity and destiny.   Purpose infuses what we do and drives us forward through challenges and around obstacles to a better future.   As I dispelled some myths about calling in my last two posts, calling is not just for priests and not just about work.   So if calling is for all of us and goes beyond our jobs, how do we understand it in a way that will give us this durable center from which to live?   Answer: a robust model of calling. The Robust Mod … [Read More...]

Does “Calling” Equal Easy?

Does the Right Calling Mean an Easy Ride?For some reason, I'm under the impression that the right work (my calling) will be easy work.  Work that is a calling will come naturally and be instantly fulfilling.  If work does not come naturally and is not fulfilling, then the logical conclusion is that this work must not be my calling.Perhaps it's the "Easy" button on my desk.  (Yes, I have one!)Perhaps the assumption is fed by all the advice columns and how-to books I read.   Coll … [Read More...]

Why “Calling” Isn’t Working For You

Myths (commonly circulated half-truths and falsehoods) have a way of ruining otherwise good things for the rest of us.  As an almost lifelong suburbanite, I was raised to think of cities a dirty, dangerous, congested, and terrible places to raise a family.  After two years in New York City, dirty and congested?  Yes.  Dangerous and a terrible place to raise a famil? No--those are myths.  And myths are spoiling the attraction and power of calling for many of us. The Myths About Call … [Read More...]

How Do You Measure Success?

4 Assumptions About You and SuccessYou want to be successful at SOMETHING You know few people who get more successful with years Your metric for success defines your destination in life Most of us have a faulty metric for success All of Us Want to Be Successful at SomethingSuccess is achieving a desired aim or vision. Success is the coming together of intention and efficacy:  moving from our current A to a better “B” on purpose.      I would imagine most of the followi … [Read More...]

Trump – Elect | The End of Power | The Work Landscape

 Another Angle on Trump Elect.By now you've had a week or so to digest the shock of the 2016 Presidential election.   Some of you are grieving, some relieved.   I am steering clear of commentary on the politics in this post and focusing on the election results as a marker of a shift in the way our culture works, a sea change that has profound implications for how you lead your team and navigate your career.If you want to post comments on the politics of the election, who won, w … [Read More...]

Networking for New Neighbors

There is a clear career and business case for an ever-expanding networking—most positions are filled, most sales contacts are found, through networks of relationship. But there may be something else in play, and it has to do with the concept of neighbors. Being a Good Neighbor as Part of your Success Metric.Jesus summed up the human axis of relational expectation in one powerful idea: love your neighbor.   A neighbor is anyone who is near. Being a neighbor is meeting our nei … [Read More...]