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From time to time everyone will ask themselves whether what they do every day is really fulfilled. Or if the skills are somewhere else and they are not yet exploited. This is often followed by the thought of further exploring when time permits. Now either the idea of a sabbatical can occur or the displacement mode is switched on - until the next vacation.....
Sure, who likes to reflect when trapped in the daily routine. And yet there is an entertaining and interesting possibility to rediscover or get confirmed your own skills. The Life/Work Planning (LWP).
Admittedly, it’s not a new method. But let's be honest - what is really fundamentally new today. It is more and more about transforming existing methods into the current situation. And this can also be achieved with LWP.
By definition, the LWP is mainly called a job search method. But it can do so much more, because it is about getting to know yourself better, reassessing or confirming yourself. And that can and certainly is valuable in all stages of life. The LWP is all about finding an environment in which you feel comfortable, can contribute appropriately and meet people with whom you can develop further. It can also help individuals and teams in agile working environment. Especially, when new heterogenous teams must be built or new things must be tested, it can be helpful to review and adapt own individual skills.
Thus the methodology is suitable for all people who would like to re-focus themselves, are looking for a voluntary position, would like to build up a new network - or are simply curious about new things.
1. What can I do, what do I want?
2. Where do I want to get involved? Where can I find like-minded people?
3. How can I link 1 and 2 to achieve my goal?
In the first step it can help to sit down with people who you don’t know. For example, tell a story from your life in which you had a objectives and let people play back which skills you unconsciously used in this situation to solve it. You will be amazed at which skills will be discovered.
Then, in the second step, consider which environment would fit to your skills. Do research, talk to friends, family, foreigners, in order to use their assessment and experience.
In the third step you search for like-minded people in the selected organisations, companies and networks. The lowest common denominator here is the entry into a conversation, possibly at events where you get to know each other or through recommendations. And so you learn more about the environment in the conversation and can assess whether it really fits in with your own planning.
These are not new ideas, you might say. True, as already said - I always find it exciting to adapt existing methods and strategies to the current situation - and to think outside the box. And so you can also use LWP beyond the actual definition. And to be honest - especially the 1st step can open your eyes and help you to try something new. And it can create a comfortable situation in heterogenous teams to also add individual strengths and skills.
Of course, this way does not lead to paradise either, compromises always have to be made, but the less the better, right?