Career Coaching Cards Explained: Do I understand my motivations?

Finding out your drivers could help you figure out your next career move

Suit: Led by Me

Motivation is a complex concept. There are many things that can motivate and energise us to give a great performance at work. Some of them could be extrinsic, and therefore driven by the business, your environment, your manager or your colleagues. For example, your organisation can play a huge part in motivating you by providing an inclusive environment where you can be yourself, giving you stretch projects that allow you to challenge your skills, or providing guidance when you need it. But ultimately, that’s only one part of the equation. Understanding what truly motivates & energies you has to be driven by you. It’s about finding out what makes you tick. 

So how do you figure it out? Easy. Ask yourself: Why do I work? Why do I get out of bed every day? Do you need to do something that has a clear purpose, such as being part of a trailblazing team focused on new discoveries or innovations? Or do you need to contribute to a particular cause? Is the community vibe provided by the company or your team and colleagues something you highly value?

It’s also important to remember motivation & energy aren’t constant. Even the greatest job in the world has bad days. We’re pretty sure ice cream tasters get fed up with eating frozen treats. Motivation & energy can come and go depending on stress levels or personal circumstances. But overall, understanding what gets you out of bed in the morning will help you find out what drives you, as well as help you look for opportunities that allow you to bring your whole self to work. 

Of course pay and reward should be considered. But making career decisions based solely on external factors such as salary will not generate motivation. So dig deeper than just the extrinsic stuff, find out why you work where you work, and what makes you want to be your best self. 

Keep a lookout for the next blog in our 52 blog series for more information on how to develop your career.

Or if you want to keep going and extend career development across your team, have a look at the Let’s Talk Talent Career Sprints.

Career Coaching Cards: Explained

This is a new series of blog posts, that explain our Career Coaching cards in more depth.

Our deck of cards contain 52 questions that help guide better career conversations and connect more with the individuals you’re having these conversations with. Each week we are releasing a question from our deck with a little more information about why we think this question is a good question and what you are looking to get out of it when you ask it.

Career Sprints

Developing your employees is not only building the workforce you’ll need post-pandemic, but also supporting the current wellbeing and development of your employees. Keeping your workforce engaged and developing during these difficult times is a key element to your business success during the current and future environments.

Now is the time to offer more significant career development that supports and encourages your people to explore a variety of career opportunities in your organisation, rather than just one.

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