A recent Gallup poll reveals that 45% of Americans are completely satisfied with the recognition they receive at work related to their accomplishments.
It shocks me that 55% of American workers have the perception that their efforts at work are not recognized. There are many aspects to job satisfaction, and today I want to share one of my favorite tools from the LifePlan process related to this topic: The Thinking Wavelength.
During the LifePlan process, you and your facilitator will spend about 12 hours gaining perspective on your life story and all the clues that point to your true life purpose. Maybe those job satisfaction poll results would be different if people knew exactly where they can make their best contribution at work, by identifying where they fit in using the Thinking Wavelength scale.
The scale identifies five types of thinkers:
- The Grinder – Grinders are change averse. They like predictability and consistency in their work activities. They are very good with precision work and do not mind repetitive tasks. Good examples of grinders can be factory workers, accountants and even video editors.
- The Minder– Minders are good at supervising grinders. They like administrative tasks and are great at keeping themselves and others organized. They work very well in a defined structure, and are uncomfortable with redesigning or envisioning new ways of operating.
- The Keeper – Keepers are in the middle of the spectrum. They can take an innovative strategy from a Finder and help it grow. Think of the pioneers and the settlers model. Pioneers break ground and move on and settlers establish the community. Keepers are settlers.
- The Finder – Finders are the trailblazers, entrepreneurs and innovators. They like the thrill of the adventure and they thrive with ambiguity. They seek change and get bored when it doesn’t happen frequently.
- The Conceiver – Conceivers are off-the-chart change seekers. They have a million ideas and have difficulty following through with any of them. Their role in the workplace is to propel innovation and inform risks through new theories. Think of scientists, academics and other theorists.
When you identify which type of thinker you are, contrast it against the type of work you do. Experienced LifePlan facilitators have learned that if someone is off their ideal contribution zone by more than two levels in their day-to-day work they will be extremely dissatisfied with work. This situation can be so drastic that within 18 months of starting a job, they will either seek a change or be released from their position by their employer due to lack of performance.
The Thinking Wavelength is not a personality profile. It’s an important tool that will assist you in finding purpose, passion and fulfillment in your career.
If you want to learn more about what LifePlan can do for you, please contact me. I would love to connect with you!