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T.O.P.How I think about being in the zone.Wendy Spies - GreatBridgeGroup.com   wendy@stanfordalumni.org
When was the last time you were in the zone at work?
The zone is where great work is flowing out of you,               where everything is                effortless…
How did that feel? How did the rest of your life feel?  Did you love getting out of bed in the morning?     Wouldn‟t you w...
You should bein the zone atleast 50% ofthe time.Are you?
If you aren’t in the zone as regularly as you like,I have a simple idea that will improve your situation.
T.O.P. – If you align your Talent, Opportunity, and  Passion at work, then you will be in the zone!                      T...
How do you get in the zone? What are your   Talents, Opportunities, and Passions?                    TALENT               ...
Your talent isyour naturalability to dosomethingconsistentlywell.Talent: Doyou knowwhat youexcel at?
• What do people come and ask you for?• What do they tell you that you are good at?• When you are in a group, what tasks a...
Your opportunity is the chance to do something valuable forthe organization.Opportunity: Are you able to say „I havethe op...
What needs to get done that isnt being done? Or done better?What jobs is your company always recruiting for? Or the compet...
Passion is the energy that comes from bringingmore of you into what you do. Passion: Do youknow what gets you out of bed i...
What do you volunteer for whenever you get the chance?What were you doing the last time you lost track of time at work?Wha...
My Talent, Opportunity, and Passion is…                    TALENT: ferreting                   out deep customer          ...
We have created ascalable customerinsights system, sothat companies willhave a deeperunderstanding of thethings that peopl...
Questions?Wendy Spieswendy@stanfordalumni.orgGreatBridgeGroup.comAccurate Customer Insights
Appendix
Why is it that thecompany wouldwant you to bedoing your bestevery day?
Because they make more money!                                                                                         Stoc...
Are you only 2/3rds there?                       “Old Soldiers”  Talent Opportunity   The organization gets good results. ...
Stuck? Go A Little Broader• What are people one or two steps away  from you doing? Who are the influencers  you know and w...
Are you really blocked?Understand your fears and seek help!• Get a trusted friend and tell them what you  are doing! Commi...
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How to be in the zone at work by intersecting your Talent, Opportunity, and Passion (T.O.P.)

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Wendy Spies's Talk at the Global Walmart User Excellence Conference in February 2013

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How to be in the zone at work by intersecting your Talent, Opportunity, and Passion (T.O.P.)

  1. 1. T.O.P.How I think about being in the zone.Wendy Spies - GreatBridgeGroup.com wendy@stanfordalumni.org
  2. 2. When was the last time you were in the zone at work?
  3. 3. The zone is where great work is flowing out of you, where everything is effortless…
  4. 4. How did that feel? How did the rest of your life feel? Did you love getting out of bed in the morning? Wouldn‟t you want to do that every day?
  5. 5. You should bein the zone atleast 50% ofthe time.Are you?
  6. 6. If you aren’t in the zone as regularly as you like,I have a simple idea that will improve your situation.
  7. 7. T.O.P. – If you align your Talent, Opportunity, and Passion at work, then you will be in the zone! TALENT THE ZONE PASSION OPPORTUNITY
  8. 8. How do you get in the zone? What are your Talents, Opportunities, and Passions? TALENT THE ZONE PASSION OPPORTUNITY
  9. 9. Your talent isyour naturalability to dosomethingconsistentlywell.Talent: Doyou knowwhat youexcel at?
  10. 10. • What do people come and ask you for?• What do they tell you that you are good at?• When you are in a group, what tasks always fall on your shoulders?
  11. 11. Your opportunity is the chance to do something valuable forthe organization.Opportunity: Are you able to say „I havethe opportunity to do what-I-do-best every day at work‟?
  12. 12. What needs to get done that isnt being done? Or done better?What jobs is your company always recruiting for? Or the competition?Which people generating the most revenue? Ideas? Making decisions?If they had 10 more hours in the week, what would they do?If they could hire 2 more people, what would they do?What if you stopped doing something what would happen?
  13. 13. Passion is the energy that comes from bringingmore of you into what you do. Passion: Do youknow what gets you out of bed in the morning?
  14. 14. What do you volunteer for whenever you get the chance?What were you doing the last time you lost track of time at work?What was the last project you wish had not ended?
  15. 15. My Talent, Opportunity, and Passion is… TALENT: ferreting out deep customer needs THE ZONE PASSION: OPPORTUNITY: impacting the building Great world in a Bridge Group positive way
  16. 16. We have created ascalable customerinsights system, sothat companies willhave a deeperunderstanding of thethings that peopleneed and how tobring that to them.At Great Bridge I addgreat value to theorganization every daydoing what I am goodat and love.You can too, if youalign your Talents,Opportunities, andPassions.
  17. 17. Questions?Wendy Spieswendy@stanfordalumni.orgGreatBridgeGroup.comAccurate Customer Insights
  18. 18. Appendix
  19. 19. Why is it that thecompany wouldwant you to bedoing your bestevery day?
  20. 20. Because they make more money! Stock Increase Real Profit Increase Sustainable Growth Engaged Customers Engaged Employees Great Managers The Right Fit IdentifyStrengths
  21. 21. Are you only 2/3rds there? “Old Soldiers” Talent Opportunity The organization gets good results. (But you feel used up) “Fully Engaged”Opportunity Passion You take initiative. You are fully involved in and enthusiastic about your work. (But you aren‟t any good at it) “Happy Monkey” Passion Talent You can‟t wait to get started, you‟re doing what you love to do. (But the organization gets no benefit)
  22. 22. Stuck? Go A Little Broader• What are people one or two steps away from you doing? Who are the influencers you know and would like to know?• Who looks like they are having the most fun? Or getting the most praise?• What your old friends doing? friends of friends? Does any of that interest you?
  23. 23. Are you really blocked?Understand your fears and seek help!• Get a trusted friend and tell them what you are doing! Commit to it.• Recruit other advocates.• Understand your barriers. What do you need to overcome? (not knowing, discomfort) Create a plan.• What are you willing to give up to get your dream job?

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