During coaching conversations, clients who are feeling stuck in their career or are currently lacking motivation for their work often find it helpful to think through and talk about their passions. It can help to rekindle their drive and remember what gives them satisfaction at work. Sometimes there is a realisation that a change is needed, while for others it can help to connect their passion to their work.
My first passion was archaeology. I studied Archaeology at university and it remains an abiding interest. There's something about the connection to people in a line stretching back through the ages that fascinates me. It's the exploration into the unknown and the gradual peeling back of layers that have accumulated over time to discover something truly remarkable.
Coaching provides many similar opportunities - to connect and explore with an individual on their journey of discovery. Those moments when the client unearths something new and unexpected are a joy and privilege to be part of.
My first, and long-term, work passion was within the higher education sector, supporting the philanthropic mission of three fantastic universities. As a leader and manager, I was focused on the development of others, and derived great fulfilment from the career successes of others. I continue to realise my passion for working with individuals within mission-driven organisations and supporting them through a development or change process, as an executive and leadership coach.
Reflecting on the parallels between these two passions in my life has helped me to understand the interconnectedness of my various career choices and the things that have given me huge satisfaction throughout my life.
How have your passions helped shape your career?