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What do you want in a job?


In a leadership development class I teach for sophomores in college, I asked students to respond to a simple question.

The wisdom in their answers is deafening. As their future organizations, are we listening?

What do you want in a job?

“Why would I do things to fill a resume when I can do things to fill my life?”

“I want to do and become something that is greater than myself.”

“I would ask, ‘does this position affirm who I want to be?’ If not, it’s time to leave.”

“I don’t want to find myself in a position where I am not living my purpose every day.”

“I want to believe I have the potential to change the world and I want to be somewhere that brings that potential to life.”

“I don’t want to settle for average because that’s how others see me in the world.”

“While I can have a nice path laid out for me, I am choosing not to take it to follow my purpose.”

“It’s very easy to think you can’t make an impact. I don’t want to think that way.”

“If I am going to do something, I have to care.”

– Zach

Zach Mercurio

Hey, I'm Zach. I’m an organizational learning, performance and change researcher and adjunct professor at Colorado State University, author of “The Invisible Leader”, strategist, and keynote speaker. Read more >

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