Change The Verbs

What are the verbs in your job description?

Supervise?

Organize?

Coordinate?

Even if a great deal of our work happens off the page on which our job description is printed, it’s still a useful exercise to check in with those verbs to recall what the people who hired us had in mind for us to do, the scope of their imagination for our work. Then, to put what they had in mind with what we have in mind.

This is the potentially dangerous exercise: change the verbs in your job description. Paint a mental picture of the work you’re dreaming about.

“Create.”

“Shape.”

“Cultivate.”

What would happen if you changed just a few of the verbs? How would your work improve?

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