So this is kind of fun. I was always the type of person that took quizzes in magazines (absolutely and positively just for fun) in my adolescence. Remember those quizzes? I can't remember one specifically but I always thought it was fun. If I could answer 10 questions, I could draw up a score and that could answer something about me - ha! Anyway, this quiz taking interest has never left and anytime I come across an exercise in a book, I consider it fun to try it out.
Yesterday I was reading a book on networking titled, Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money? Another title that doesn't quite sit right but after searching the keywords "networking" and "introvert" at the library, this was one of my results.
In this book, there is a chapter of exercises and I jumped right in to do the first. Here it is. The author titles this one "work related values".
Want to play?
Rank each category with:
1) not at all important
2) not very, but somewhat important
3) reasonably important
4) very important
Here are the categories:
working on the frontiers of knowledge
authority or responsibility
working for something you believe in
freedom from worry
enjoyable work tasks
being an expert
personal growth and development
location of workplace
change and variety
having time for personal life
security and stability
physical work environment
chance to make an impact
clear expectations and procedures
After ranking them all, the author wants us to choose the five most important categories that we rated as 4s.
Was this challenging for me? YES.
The idea behind this exercise is that it forces us to prioritize what's most important to us in our work.
Have a go at it. Leave a comment and let me know how it works for you.