In our experience, people who do this "internal assessment"
use it to develop their own very clear personal criteria for
success. They identify and negotiate themselves into careers
that meet these criteria. This typically makes them more successful
because their work energizes them. And they usually experience higher
career satisfaction than those who focus too heavily on what they
believe others (e.g. organization, society or peers) expect of them.
There are two critical sets of personal success criteria. One is
life values. The other is what we call preferred competencies.
These are the type of work skills (technical, financial, sales,
interpersonal etc.) you'd find most satisfying to develop and exercise
on the job. Your Soul at Work outlines a very concrete "Taking
Charge Process" with specific self-assessment tools and techniques
to help you:
- define your personal criteria for success (both life values
and preferred competencies)
- identify and market yourself into a career path that meets these
Critical success factors
Beyond these relatively subjective fundamentals, the book contains
proven competency models and self-assessment tools to help you identify
which key success behaviors you've mastered and which you need to
develop. These assessments of "core" and leadership competencies
are based on research interviews with over 5000 people in large
and small organizations worldwide. They offer an invaluable inventory
of specific non-technical behaviors that distinguish those who succeed
in their work from those who don't in just about any career specialty.
Up till now, these competency models have been available only to
employees of corporations such as GE, IBM, AT&T, Citibank, Hewlett
Packard, etc. Now, with the purchase of Your Soul at Work,
they are presented to you as part of a Career and Life Workbook
that walks you systematically through the "Taking Charge Process."