Management Tip of the Day: How to Craft the Job You Want

Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:30am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"If your current job isn't keeping you engaged and motivated, it may be in your power to change it. Begin by identifying your motives, strengths, and passions to help you better understand which aspects of your job will keep you engaged and inspire higher performance. Then, create a diagram of your current job including your job tasks, noting which you do most often. Next, create a diagram of your preferred job indicating which things you want to do more or less of and which tasks you want to add.

This chart can help you articulate what you want to do differently. Be sure to engage your supervisor in this process and assure her that you won't let your current tasks slide, and also that any new tasks you propose are central to the company.

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Turn the Job You Have into the Job You Want" by Amy Wrzesniewski, Justin M. Berg and Jane E. Dutton.

<p>A worker solders a circuit board in San Diego, California April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>