A young woman from Florida named Elise wrote me last week and asked, “Because I don’t have an overwhelming passion for only one thing and I don't have a personal brand, how can I become a more valued and important professional in my workplace?” Most likely, there are many opinions and recommendations for Elise about this subject but I will respond by answering, “listen for I WISH statements”. “I WISH” statements are another way of saying, “here is a need and it is an opportunity for someone to create a solution”. Purpose and value are often determined by the ability to satisfy a need and "I WISH" statements can identify those needs.
Examples include: -“I WISH my child had a mentor”. Solution: Dean’s Future Scholars
-“I WISH teachers had it better, I’d become one”. Solution: To Teach or Not to Teach
-“I WISH I knew more about blogs and how blogging can help me become a better writer” Solution: 6 Ways Blogging helps writers
-“I WISH I was more nationally recognized in Higher Education”. Solution: The Social Network Equation Social Business in Higher Education: Increasing Faculty Competitiveness Connecting the dots: Increasing competitiveness and leadership
-“I WISH we could study abroad”. Solution: USAC Increases Student Competitiveness
-“I WISH I didn’t have to drive all the way to Carson City in order to attend a Nevada Legislature meeting” Solution: Knowing the Politics behind your Success
-“I WISH I had more publications to put on my curriculum vitae”. Solution: Cross-disciplinary student initiated collaboration Publish or Perish
“I WISH my son or daughter could do something extra to be more successful in college” Solution: Sticky Campus
“I WISH I had someone to talk to about becoming more competitive” Dr Tara Madden-Dent
These I WISH statements came from people in my life. I responded to them by addressing the need and creating a solution or recommendation. If I can’t solve their I WISH statement, I introduce them to other resources that can. Either way, I contributing to others and creating progress within my industry.
Listen for I WISH statements in your life. These are moments when you can be of value and satisfy a need; thus becoming more productive and essential in the workplace. Being proactive and taking initiative reflects creative ambition and selflessness: two very respected and rare qualities in today's workforce. If you can’t resolve a need by yourself, search for other resources or work in partnership with other professionals. You’re ability to contribute to society, create change, and see your efforts manifest into solutions will inspire your passion through feelings of being useful and productive. Creating solutions for I WISH statements can add professional value to yourself and your business.
Please let me know Elise after you address an I WISH statement in the workplace and how it impacted your role as a professional. Thanks for the email; I wish you great success.