Most people define their roles with a narrow language. For a job I’m a Project Manager. In my free time I’m a writer. But I’m also a cook, photographer, designer, account manager, homemaker, single woman, feminist, liberal, American philanthropist.
Wait, what am I again? It’s easiest just to tell people “I’m a project manager for a small interactive design and development studio” (boilerplate), but that is a shabby description of what I actually do and how “work” overlaps with “life.”
We’ve gotten into the habit of defining what someone “is” according to what he/she does for money. What does he do? we ask before we ask anything else. Maybe he’s a bank teller, but is that really who he is?
I say it’s time to start opening up our definitions of what people do related to their job title… and start opening up job descriptions according to people’s strengths and skills. People do their best work when they have the leeway to explore their own strengths. After all, a (wo)man is more than her job title can express.
In my approach to work and life I try to apply my strengths (writing, concise communication, organization of information, a sense of humor, a strong visual aesthetic, diplomacy, good planning strategies, creativity, innovation, and use of technology) to everything I do, from developing my yoga practice to managing a project at work to planning a trip to cooking dinner.
Thus, this “professional” blog is not about my job, but instead it spans a wide range of topics related to what I do, what I want to do, people I admire, and techniques and technologies for all of life.