Whenever I work with a new client looking to change careers or even just move companies, the first thing I always get them to do is to write down the 10 - 12 things that are most important to them when it comes to their job. Typically the list would include "decent salary", "opportunity for advancement", "great colleagues", "ongoing training and development", "cool work environment" - not necessarily in that order but these are certainly the most common to make the list.
This week I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised when one particular list included "inspiration", "mentorship", "diversity", "independence", "stimulation" and "respect". It gets even better ... there was no mention of salary, dollars, financial reward (call it what you will) anywhere at all.
Does this mean that this particular individual is any less driven to succeed or to achieve in terms of what they are looking for in their career?
NOT AT ALL.
It was refreshing to hear a more holistic or selfless approach to a career objective than one driven purely by ego, dollars and perks that may come along with a new job.
There's no denying that if you are looking for a new sales role then incentive schemes should certainly play an important part in the decision making process. However often it's not all about the money and therefore you need to ensure that there is a nice balance between financial reward as well as personal accomplishment.
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