In my last article, I asked “How ambitious are you?” But what if you’re not ambitious at all. Does it mean you’re under-performing or that you are a happy fulfilled person?
So how UN-ambitious are you?
One individual told me he wasn’t ambitious at all. Yet his actions over the 2 years I’ve known him show consistent interest and activity focused on growing his customer base. Surely that is a kind of ambition?
Another “not ambitious” manager recently applied for the post of Director of her unit. She has complained for years about the erosion of salaries for senior lecturers in academia where she works.
Is she ambitious? Or is she just angry about her salary being eroded?
Un-ambitious – really?
Some of my clients don’t see themselves as ambitious but their answers to my questions tell a different story.
These are some of the questions I ask:
- How important is it to do your job well and be seen to do it well?
- Are you playing at the top of your game now? Do you want to? How do you plan to get there?
- If you could access your highest level of performance now, what difference would it make to you? And to your organisation?
A case in point
One of my clients came to me because of a challenge at work. The Director of Finance in a large organisation she was annoyed by recent changes in the company and had lost confidence in its direction. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to stay or go. She’d certainly lost motivation.
However after working through the presenting challenge I suggested to her that she was limiting herself. I shared the potential I had observed in her and she recognised it herself.
Here’s the interesting thing…
She has become a catalyst for change and a force for good in her organisation and in its wider community.
Where before there was a culture of complaining and negativity, even the potential to encourage bullying behaviour, she has influenced others in a new direction. The culture has started to change.
I know she will continue to find new sources of strength, ability and leadership within herself as we continue the coaching journey together.
But she didn’t start with ambitions to change the organisation. However, when I mentioned what I saw in her, she saw it herself.
Our work together has enabled her to perform at a much higher level, her highest level perhaps, and with a potential impact far beyond her original objective.
The ROI from her work with me is immense. And it will be even more so when measured over the next 5 years.
How small the financial investment in coaching will seem then, in comparison to the benefit gained.
If this story resonates with you, if you aspire to reach your highest level performance, talk to me. Maybe I can help you in similar ways to how I’ve helped others…
Spend some time with me
Book your own 30-minute Strategy Conversation with me (with my compliments) to discuss your ambitions, challenges, opportunities or aspirations. Use this link to book.
If you don’t find a time that suits you, email me with your request and phone number – I’ll do my best to arrange a time that works for us both.