Working together with Morgan McKinley to make 2018 your best year yet.
'Your life fingerprint is unique, you are the only person on the planet who has it. Its discovery holds the key to being who you really are, and that holds the key to greater happiness.'
Gill McLaren, Author THINK.PLAN.LIVE.
In the same way your fingerprint is unique, so too is your Life Fingerprint ™ .
Although each of us is born with some aspects of our life defined, such as our base IQ or our level of extraversion or introversion, much of our Life Fingerprint is developed over our life journey. In this regard we are responsible for our own evolution, our own development – we can manage and curate vital elements such as our sources of energy and our sources of inspiration.
As Dr Seuss says:
'Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.'
With a little bit of thinking, reflection and planning you can unlock how you really feel about your life, and once you have done that you will never look back.
To explore this in more detail, we need to look at what it is that helps us to understand each person’s Life Fingerprint, something that my book Think.Plan.Live. helps to establish through examining the 6 Ws. If everyone in an organisation understands their Life Fingerprint, we cam capitalise and amplify these strengths in how we build high performing teams, and ascertain if there is any tension points with the Culture Fingerprint of an organisation. But first, it takes some work to define your Life Fingerprint, and for each person in a team to define theirs. Then it is easier to understand how this plays out at work:
Who captures the core of who you are – your strengths, your values and what drives your highs and lows, bringing out the best and worst in you. The exercises of tracking your Life Line and discovering your values and strengths are the component parts of defining your Who.
At work, is their Who in tune with the organisation? Are the values of the organisation in tune with the personal values? Are you fully using their strengths, abilities and gifts?
What focuses on what you enjoy doing – the type of work and career you thrive in, and the hobbies, experiences and interests you enjoy. When you have clarified this, you can consider how what you do currently compares to what you’d like it to look like.
As people become clear on what it is that they enjoy doing, they will assess whether their work is in tune with their whole Life Wheel and the balance they are trying to create. They will work out whether they are just surviving or thriving.
With puts the lens on who you enjoy doing things with – your family and friends, and the colleagues or leaders that bring out the best in you.
It focuses on who and what situations give you energy and who and what takes energy away.
Are you creating the work environment where leadership and ways of working give people energy or de-energise them? can they be their best and give their best?
Why – here the question is why you do what you do. Based on your Who, What, With and your unique blend of strengths, values, belief and passions, your Why helps to define your ‘gifts’ – the things that are uniquely you, that when you show up using this blend of what you do with who you are, you are at your absolute best, feeling energised and passionate. I have come to realise that people struggle to define their own ‘gifts’; they are hidden from them because they are, by their nature, intuitive and come naturally. We often dismiss them as being normal and think everyone does things that way. They are in fact the opposite – unique and our greatest asset.
As each person’s Life Fingerprint emerges and people start to be clear on their Why, they will want to be able to contribute in a way that is in line with their why.
So the question for you in your organisation is whether you are providing that opportunity to create strong and meaningful engagement for each person based on their Why and the organisational Why..
Where is all about places and environments that bring out the best in you. What’s your ideal home, your ideal work environment?
Does the work environment offer a Where that serves the needs of those who work there?
When focuses on your timing – when you want to do and achieve things against key milestones you determine. What would success look like in the next 12 months? And what Milestone goals do I have? When do I want to shift roles or careers? When do I want to retire? Creating integrated plans against key personal milestones becomes intuitive, but only once the other 5Ws are clear.
For each person, clarity about their When, particularly in relation to their career, will help them to make decisions that will reduce the tension that might exist with what is currently happening at work.
In my work in Life Design I have come to a clear realisation that the Life you lead, and your life fingerprint need to be in strong alignment and overlap to be living your best life. If aspects of the life you are living are different from your true Life Fingerprint, you will feel it in stress and tension. These stresses can appear in any of the 6W’s. Many people focus on the “what’, thinking it is what they are doing in their career that is their main issue, but I have discovered that it is typically the Who and With that are the greatest sources of Life Fingerprint tension in both your career and personal life.
The closer each person in your team can get to living the life that works for them with their unique gifts and abilities, being energised by their energy sources rather than being drained by energy vampires, the happier and more productive they will be.
I wrote the book Think.Plan.Live. based on practical experience and belief that everyone can discover, design and define their best lives, and that organisations that enable individuals to live this life through their work have the strongest business performance.
Life Design should be done your way: whether that is with the book, through the online portal, within team workshops or executive coaching, or a combination of these.
If you’re ready to make 2018 your best year yet, head across to Life Design Your Way to get started.
If you’d like to discuss further how you deploy new leading edge quant research to measure the tension points in the Culture Fingerprint of your organisation, please get in touch with email@example.com
CEO and Founder of Syntegrate
Author of Think.Plan.Live.