What Motivates You?

Understanding what motivates you is the first step toward maximizing your career happiness. Here are a few online assessments to help reveal what it is that makes you feel rewarded at work — and what you should avoid. They are all free.

Motivation Test – This site divides motivating factors into 15 areas. It takes about 5 minutes and will provide your weakest motivation skill and your strongest motivation skill.

Motivational Behavior Test at LearnMyself.com.  This one is fun.  It will rank you on how driven you are, how important fun seeking is to you, and will also tell you what to avoid.  It takes 3-6 minutes.

Wondering if you have what it takes to be a great leader?  Try the Leadership Motivation Assessment at MindTools.



2010 Vancouver winter olympics opening ceremony

Vancouver, you sure know how to do it up in a big way.

The opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics was truly amazing. The height for me was k.d. Lang’s soulful rendition of Cohen’s Hallelujah. It was so good, I think the song should be put into retirement like the jersey of a well-loved hockey player. Hang it up — no one will ever match that performance!

I was surprised at how much it meant to me that I recognized the buildings and the streets that Gretzky passed on his way to light the cauldron. My husband had no choice but to listen as I recounted which buildings housed clients and which ones I had not yet entered to meet potential new clients — and I was absolutely obnoxious when the Great One actually rode right in front of our Vancouver branch. I think my fingerprints are still on the television screen.

CC will tease me for saying this but it was awesome!

Thank you, Allen Ko Photography — photo uploaded from Flickr

Servant Leadership From The Business End Of A Garbage Truck

If you missed the première episode of Undercover Boss you can catch the repeats on CBS. It’s worth it. Managers will get a vivid reminder that the front line is where the real work happens.  Worker Bees will appreciate the real-life portrayal of living with corporate edicts while trying to do a job really well.

Watch as Waste Management’s Chief Operating Officer, Larry O’Donnell goes undercover and performs some of the most menial (and objectionable) tasks as a way of understanding what it’s like in the trenches.

Cyber glue for the human race

Have you noticed how social media can draw people together? I have a friend who is chronicling her family’s journey through the healthcare system by blogging. I love it. I actually look forward to her posts (um… Deb, it’s time for another, please).

I have a cousin who is fighting for her life in a Florida hospital — and it’s mainly through Facebook posts that we’re staying informed and offering support and prayers.

Three years ago when we nearly lost our dad to a nasty strain of e-coli it was the family blog on CaringBridge that drew us together and helped many of us reconnect after years of silence.

I’m naming this phenomenon “cyber glue”. It’s something social media does well — keeping people informed and helping them draw together. It even facilitates asking for support. Got any relationships that could use a little glue?