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Why some of us don’t have just one true calling

Career coach Emily Wapnick explains

While most of you have your careers mapped out for the next 5 years there are a few of us that don’t. There are plenty of us that get bored and want to try something different every few years or even months.

What’s right for you.

For those few, online short courses are perfect. They are great career enhancers. It allows you the time to work while building on your knowledge and skills in your new venture. Whether you are looking for that quick win when you approach your manager and go; “I want to start assisting the company project manager. Here is my certificate and this is what I’ve learnt.” Or just feel like a career change needs to happen soon, taking an online short course is one way of doing that.
It is rarely a waste of time to pursue something you’re drawn to, even if you end up quitting. You might apply that knowledge in a different field entirely, in a way that you couldn’t have anticipated. 

Be Inspired & Challenged

The below TED Talk by Emilie Wapnick has been viewed over 6 million times. It delves into those individuals that have multiple interests and creative pursuits. She’s even provided us with a name for them, multipotentialites.

Emilie explains three multipotentialite super powers.

  • Idea Synthesis – Combining two or more fields and creating something new at the intersection.
  • Rapid Learning – Multipotentialites are less afraid of trying new things and are always used to being beginners. Many of their skills are also transferable across disciplines.
  • Adaptability – The ability to morph into whatever you need to be.

Who is Emilie Wapnick?

Emilie Wapnick is an award-winning author, artist, career coach and community builder. Her work with multipotentialites has resulted in her published book Renaissance Business.  She is the founder and creative director at Puttylike.com, where she helps people with many passions and creative pursuits integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University.

She’s been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post, BBC, and Lifehacker. Her book How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up was published by HarperCollins in 2017 and won a Nautilus Book Award.

Simple operational tweaks you can make today to boost efficiency

While the role of operations management covers a vast range of functions and responsibilities necessary to effectively streamline business processes; one important function involves that of identifying areas of weakness within operational processes and seeking out solutions to improve efficiency. Through making simple operational changes or ‘tweaks’, it’s possible to boost efficiency enough to drastically improve productivity and team motivation simultaneously.

While there are many techniques to identifying operational shortfalls, and various ways of finding solutions to these problems; we have made a basic list of operational changes you can implement today, that can help boost operational efficiency.

Encourage team collaboration

Henry ford once said: “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success”. It’s vital that individuals work together in achieving a common goal – people are the core of a business and it’s teams which drive operational success. Through encouraging collaboration, not only between employees, but with partners, suppliers and customers too; objectives will be made clearer, alliances and relationships will be strengthened and communication flow will be optimised. This will inadvertently help operations managers, later down the line, to identify areas within the system which need improvement.

Delegate strategically

A good operations manager will know where the strengths lie within his/her individual team members, and will use this to their advantage to streamline operations and achieve operational objectives. Delegating tasks according to the skills and strengths of individuals is a smart and strategic way of boosting efficiency, improving productivity, and at the same time enhancing employee motivation. Employees who feel confident in their ability to carry out certain tasks due to their experience, skills or even personality, will not only get the job done effectively and efficiently, but will reduce costs and minimise errors.

Define KPI’s

Not only is it important to define the key performance indicators (KPI’s) of employees to ensure the quality and timely completion of tasks; but to also set KPI’s for specific trackable operations. These operations will depend on the nature of the business and the processes within your team, however, some examples of trackable operations include: website clicks; new customers acquired, and per capita marketing spend. Through defining KPI’s for these metrics, operations managers will be able to devise a plan for implementing efficient practises based on these results; driving positive operational change in the long run.

Measure and analyse results

Wherever change has been implemented within the operational construct; it’s important to measure and analyse the results and outcomes that’ve transpired. To build an efficient team, process and operation; the operations manager, with help from the team; needs to identify what is working, what needs further refining, and what needs alternative solutions. Achieving an efficient, productive and motivated operational structure is a constant work in progress.