Are you surviving or thriving?

When someone asks us what our dream job is, what is the career we’d love to have, 9 times out of 10 we will name a job title, and then proceed to describe all the things we’d get to do, our responsibilities and assignments. Maybe we’ll describe the type of person we work for, our manager. Rarely do we talk about the kind of work environment in which we would truly thrive.

But part of the picture of our ideal job, our dream career, is very definitely the environment in which we work. We need to know where we will wither, and more importantly, where we will thrive.

Paula had changed jobs about 7 times in her 10 year career in IT. And she was miserable and frustrated. She was tired of changing jobs only to feel like nothing ever improved. She had chosen her field so thoughtfully. She loved this work when she was in school. But out here in the “real world,” nothing was as satisfying. She was also very scared that as she embarked on this Unearth Your Worth™ journey, she was going to discover she should have been a musician or accountant.

As Paula and I worked together through Stage 2: Imagine, for the first time, she began to really look at things like her preferred role at work. Did she want a collaborative or competitive environment? What sort of team did she want to work with? How would they operate? And how much autonomy did she really want?

She discovered that for most of her work history, she was hired as “the sole technical expert” – so there was no one at work to learn from, to bounce ideas off of. She really longed to be part of a team where there were others with technical expertise, peers she could collaborate with and learn from. She also realized that she was often hired as a trouble shooter, to fix things that had been developed, delivered, and then broke. What she really wanted was an opportunity to work on some new ideas and new projects. She began to make a list of her “Preferred Work Environment”, realizing that these elements were just as important as what her responsibilities were. She brainstormed all the things she wanted. She added to her list were things like flex time and access to public transportation. She rank ordered her list, and identified which things were “must-haves,” “nice to haves,” even a few “fun to haves.”

As Paula studied the items in her Preferred Work Environment, she realized she could craft questions to answer by doing company research and during the interview process. These questions would ensure her next job would provide an environment in which she could thrive.

Paula’s next job was in IT, but in a whole new environment. She loves her job, her company, and feels like she’s doing what she was meant to do, and in the environment she was meant to do it.

What’s on your Preferred Work Environment list? What are the qualities of the environment in which you truly thrive? Please share it on my blog below.


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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA