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There are two simple words that have the power to completely change one’s approach to work and life forever. These words have the potential to evoke fulfillment, enhance productivity, and create daily peace of mind.

You may have found yourself saying some of these already today:

  • I have to go to this team meeting.
  • I have to get this proposal to our client.
  • I have to get caught up on emails.
  • I have to take the kids to practice.

We act as if we don’t have a choice, as if we are imprisoned by people or a system forcing us to do things we don’t want to do. In reality, we do have a choice. We have the freedom to choose our actions, our profession, our financial needs, and the path of our life. Each day is not about what we have to do. It’s about what we get to do.

So, besides having a renewed sense of gratitude for being alive in a free world, why does this matter?

If you start to realize that your employees don’t have to come to work each day but instead choose to, there must be a reason for that decision. That reason is their “why”. As a leader, understanding each employee’s “why” will enable you to create a meaningful career path for them, empower them during times of burnout, and help them stay engaged. As your own leader, knowing your own “why” is essential for each of those situations as well.

The How

Start with a simple exercise. Take out your pen, and write down your answer to this question: “What is your why?” It sounds like a big esoteric question, but why is it that you choose to go to work each day? Why do you choose this profession, instead of something else? Why do you choose the role you are in, as opposed to others?

Encourage yourself and others to press beyond the obvious answer of “I need to make money”. There are countless ways to earn a living; why have you chosen this one?

Once you begin to list all of your why’s, you will notice they fall in two categories. The first category is similar to Maslow’s lowest hierarcy of needs – food, water, shelter. “I’d like to be able to pay my mortgage.” “I want to send my children to college.” “My elderly parents will rely on me to provide for them.” “I have always dreamed of buying a vacation home.”

The second category recognizes that there is a bigger purpose, a desire to make a difference, and a need to higher meaning behind the choices we make. It’s these things that are connected to your overall purpose, your sense of contribution, and the most important aspect of your “why”. Both categories are important and not mutually exclusive. An individual who only cares about money will likely live with a void in their life, while an individual who is all about the big picture has their head in the clouds but lacks feet on the ground.

Having a deep understanding of your career’s purpose is equally as possible as meeting and exceeding financial goals. This exercise is around understanding both. If you, or your team, has a hard time articulating this purpose, give some additional guidance:

  • When you were first drawn to this industry, what compelled you? Why did this industry or vocation strike you as being the calling for your career?
  • At what point in your career were you most challenged? What circumstances created that challenge?
  • What circumstances push you to be more, learn more, accomplish more, take on more, and grow more?
  • Who or what inspires you most? What qualities inspire you from those individuals or factors?
  • What do people compliment you on professionally?
  • What are you chasing? Why are you chasing it?
  • Given your talents and passions, how could you use those to serve, or to help, others or your organization?
  • When you retire, what do you want to be remembered for? What legacy do you want to leave?


The When

When is it important to go back to the “why”? Most of us get entrenched in the day to day routine of work, family, and life. We go through most days on auto-pilot, knowing what is expected and performing to that expectation. Connect the routine of your daily performance to the fulfillment of the “why” of your life purpose.

As a leader, when you know the “why” for members of your team, you can connect that “why” to their daily responsibilities and broader performance milestones. Every job has mundane or less desired tasks, but when the “why” is strong enough, there is meaning connected to even the most tedious of activities. Then the paradigm shifts:

  • I get to go to this team meeting because I have team members dedicated to learning and living up to their fullest potential.
  • I want to get this proposal to our client because they trust us to solve a problem they cannot solve on their own.
  • I want to get caught up on emails because I have knowledge and insight that others are relying on me to share with them.
  • I get to take the kids to practice because I am fortunate to have a family and resources to help them live a full and varied life.

There is an opportunity to connect purpose and meaning to each daily activity, and a choice to connect it. When the “why” is strong enough, there is no limit to what you, and those on your team, can achieve.

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Category : Engineering
Location/City : SC – Columbia
Recruiter Name : John Malloy
Recruiter Email : jpmalloy@sanfordrose.com
Recruiter Phone : 262 966 2522

This first-rate opportunity is made possible by a promotion within the company.  Our client is in need of a manufacturing engineer to support their production facility in the Columbia, SC area.  This is a progressive company that encourages employees to advance within the organization and likes to promote from within.  It could be an excellent next step in your career.  They need someone with technical skill in process control and improvement who has experience working on the factory floor.  Apply for more details.


Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred
  • 3 years required, 5 years relevant experience preferred.

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Logistics & Accounting Department Support

We are seeking qualified candidates for immediate career opportunities with a world leader in transportation services and logistics.
There are three openings currently:
Outbound department personnel are responsible for tracking the containers for load planning, including size and contents for accuracy at the port. Ideally you will have strong Excel/Spreadsheet skills coupled with an ability to track large and diverse amounts of data and statistical information.
Traffic Control department is responsible to monitor and direct port side activity from live camera/video – Ongoing interaction with port personnel to direct equipment and manpower activities.
Logistics CSR – Working with clients and port personnel as well as rail, trucking contacts, and/or any other contact with direct interest in containers and their import/export destinations – ability to manage a high volume of calls and requires highly detailed follow through.
Payroll – This position demands a high attention to detail and above-average working knowledge of computers. A basic understanding of accounting principles is also necessary. Heavy data entry with extreme accuracy is essential. Unlike traditional payroll positions. No need for prior Payroll experience, training is offered.
Pay starting at $20/hr.
SSA Marine is well respected and well-known leader in the field and the top pick to build a career in terminal/port operations support in Utah.
SSA Marine and its affiliates operate more cargo terminals than any other company in the world.

They strive to ensure that their size and tremendous network of resources will bring value to customers.

SSA Marine provides a full spectrum of transportation services including:

Terminal management
Stevedoring/Load planning
Project development management
Equipment procurement
Marketing support
Off-dock yard operations
Feasibility studies

Few transportation service companies in the world extend as far and wide as SSA Marine, and they continue to look for new opportunities at ports and intermodal facilities around the world.

www.ssamarine.com

SSA offers excellent compensation and world class benefits – coupled with on the job training to assure individual success.

Starting compensation is $20/hourly based on interview and you can expect to see increases during the first 6 months based on performance, up to 50K annually.
The company also offers outstanding benefits, including unmatched 401K up to 13% and 100% family paid health benefits.

CSR for Logistics at port operations
Professional office environment
Draper location

Must have a strong work history
Career focus
Good Computer & Communication skills
For immediate consideration, please send resume to brock@sanfordrose.com

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Russ Hadick & Associates has partnered with a Sidney, Ohio area company to find and qualify candidates for their Compensation Manager position. The compensation manager will be structuring global compensation programs for all functions at all levels of the organization. Our client is a growing, privately held company offering excellent opportunity for growth and diversity in the work place.

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Russ Hadick & Associates has partnered with a Dayton, Ohio area company to find and qualify candidates for their Production Supervisor position. This is a growing company with a long track record of employee retention. This is a global company which offers great opportunities for growth and advancement. The production supervisor will be on 1st shift.

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Russ Hadick & Associates has partnered with a Dayton, Ohio area client to help them search and qualify candidates for their Manufacturing Engineer position. This will be a 3-month contract position assisting our client develop procedures and transition their facilities to the Dayton site. Given the transition the manufacturing engineer must be able to travel to the Virginia and/or Florida manufacturing sites.

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Russ Hadick & Associates has partnered with a Dayton, Ohio area client to help them search and qualify candidates for their Process Engineer position. Our client is a global leader with a great track record of employee retention.

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Russ Hadick & Associates has partnered with a Dayton, Ohio area company to find and qualify candidates for their Quality Engineer position. This is a growing company with a long track record of employee retention. This is a global company which offers great opportunities for growth and advancement.

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Russ Hadick & Associates has partnered with a Dayton, Ohio area client to help them search and qualify candidates for their Process Engineer – Plastic Injection Molding position. Our client is a global leader with a great track record of employee retention.

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Russ Hadick & Associates has partnered with a Dayton, Ohio area client to help them search and qualify candidates for their Quality Engineer position. This will be a 3-month contract position assisting our client develop ISO procedures and transition their facilities to the Dayton site. Given the transition the quality engineer must be able to travel to the Virginia and/or Florida manufacturing sites.

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