How to Blend Personal and Work Roles

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Are you in the right role? Role models are excellent resources to setting measurable standards. They help identify the set of skills and experiences necessary for a specific role.

Identify the roles in the following story. Which shared similar skills as the king?

There is a story of a king who went to his garden one morning, only to find everything withered and dying. He asked the oak tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was.  The oak said it was tired of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree. The pine was troubled because it could not bear grapes like the grapevine. The grapevine was determined to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and produce fruit as large as peaches.  The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac.  And so it went throughout the garden. Yet coming to a violet, the king found its face as bright and happy as ever and said, “Well, violet, I’m glad to find one brave little flower in the midst of this discouragement. You don’t seem to be the least disheartened.” The violet responded, “No, I’m not. I know I’m small, yet I thought if you wanted an oak or a pine or a peach tree or even a lilac, you would have planted one. Since I knew you wanted a violet, I’m determined to be the best little violet I can be.”

Roles that require force often resolve in feeling withered. It takes a toll physically and mentally.

Our roles are identified as patterns of behavior.

Job descriptions identify the patterns necessary to fulfill a role. Personal roles blend into work roles because of daily personal activities, habits and routines in place before accepting a work role. Socio-economic factors, previous injuries, family history, and work environment preferences are included within personal roles.

Knowing how each play off one another improves role self-assurance.

Questions to Ask:
  1. What common values do you have with your colleagues?
  2. How do you enjoy spending leisure time?
  3. What reinvigorates and revives you?

Artists capture people with various medium to portray contextual factors. Art provokes reflection about our present roles or those we desire. To understand and apply dynamics between your personal and work roles schedule a performance and design coaching session.

Behold the Square – Jason Jagel
Aye, Aw, Nope – Jason Jagel
Behavioral Automatism – Jason Jagel
Le21eme – Adam Katz
Le21eme – Adam Katz

*definition provided from the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, p673, Nov/Dec 2008, Volume 62, Number 6

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