Looking at the Big Picture: Success, Happiness & Impact on Business. Part 3 of 4
We’ve been talking about the lost skill of working on yourself. Developing your complete self leads to true happiness and success; fulfillment; and a sense of satisfaction at the end of every day. We gained deep insight and fresh perspectives on this topic from Sherpas in the Nepalese Himalayas.
But where do business and work-life enter the equation? That’s not really a fair question because they’re already part of the equation.
Let’s face it; much of your happiness will be tied up in your work. You spend many hours there. If there’s one place you should focus on improving your happiness, it’s at work. If you’re good at what you do, you can be successful. Shouldn’t you be happy, too? When you work for a living with all of your heart, you have power and influence. Your power and influence can make your organization and its people happier and more successful. The impact you have through these relationships can be remarkable. Most importantly, this can make you happier and more successful. We call that a “positive impact on business.” It’s a phrase we like much better than phrases like “return on investment.”
Data from the 13th annual Executive Coaching Survey, which includes global market research data from business leaders, coaches, and organizations around the world, indicates that many people are using Sherpa’s Impact on the Business method to measure the benefits of coaching. Since 2014, more survey respondents (about 15%) have indicated they see IOB being used more than traditional Return on Investment formulas (about 10%).
It’s all about figuring out how to channel all you are into what you do. If you want to be good at your job, you have to know what you’re doing. Your knowledge and skill help create your Impact on Business (IOB). But, IOB is more than knowledge and skill. Your impact on business is directly related to your behavior. When you display positive business behavior, the rest of your life will get better, too.
In the fourth and final installment of this series, we’ll go into more detail about the Impact on Business.
About the Author:
Brenda Corbett co-authored “The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching,” which has been used by ten executive education programs. The Sherpa certification is the only one endorsed by multiple universities. She has trained and certified executive coaches for Stanley Black & Decker, The National Cancer Institute, Toyota and US Bank, among others.
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