DAVE — a DAD & engineer in his THIRTIES
"Understanding my core motivations and the conditions/environments best suited to who I am has given me a clarity and confidence in myself that I have never known."
A conscientious, hard-working guy, Dave is the kind of person any boss wants to have on his/her team. And while he was proving to be a valuable asset to his company — surviving through rounds of economy-driven layoffs — Dave was wishing he could get a package, too, to escape the drudgery of his day-to-day!
Dave was finding that his apathy at work was spilling into his home life, leaving him listless and bluesy. His two young kids at home were bringing him lots of life, but he felt like after a long, draining day of work, he wasn't providing them or his wife with much energy. Something had to change.
Thoughtful and driven to change, Dave provided plenty of helpful "data" to uncover his underlying motivations (and why his current position was missing the mark). Key to many of his achievements was the outcome of a lasting, visible effect, often of an object or project that he had enhanced. A glaring mismatch in his job was the ability to witness the work he had done: he was designing pipeline products to be buried in far-flung locations, deep in the ground. Not only was he unable to see the results of his work, they would barely ever be observed with human eyes!
We got Dave back on track by helping him to identify firms and opportunities that would offer a more tangible subject matter. Our Core Story assessment gave him confidence in his proven skills & affinities; this confidence — matched with his work ethic, a defined career goal, and the language to articulate it all — set him up perfectly to offer a competitive advantage as he edged into a new corner of his industry.