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Why Map Your Job?
Part 1: because:
- There's a 50%+ job dissatisfaction rate
- People want to advance in their current jobs, improve their job conditions or move on to a new job
- People cannot clearly see a job when they are:
- Outside the job, or
- Deep inside the job
- It's the difference between assigning a job, doing the job and describing how to do the job.
- You cannot effectively change what you can't see
- SO: you need to map a job in order to effectively change a job
Part 2: because people may know how to:
- put jobs on organization charts
- write job requirements
- hire people into jobs
- conduct job training
- supervise jobs
- coach and manage job performance
- and even perform jobs
all without being able to step back and
- describe in detail the work inside the job
- see how the work affects the person doing the job and
- find ways to improve the job, OR
- decide finally that it's not the right job for the person doing the job (which could be you.)
In short, people can be dissatisfied with jobs for a long time without understanding where the pain comes from and how to fix it.
Mapping a job helps solves that problem by creating detailed understanding of:
- the work inside the job
- the value produced by the job
- how the job connects to the rest of the organization
- how the job is being managed
- how the person doing the job feels about every single part of the job, and
- every idea that can be thought of for changing the job.
Why "Map That Job" instead of "Map Your Job"?
The best way to learn how to map jobs is to map your job.
The article at this link provides instructions on how to do that.
After you learn to "Map Your Job", you may then want to map:
- Your next job
- Your first job
- Your dream job
- Your staff members' jobs
- Your manager's job
- Your recruiting candidate's last jobs
- The job you are interviewing for
- Your project, or someone else's project
- Your department, or someone else's department
- Your company, or someone else's company
Once you learn to map your job, you will have learned 90% of what you need to know to map, evaluate and create action plans for all of the above jobs, processes and organizations.
This is a skill that you can use throughout your career, both for yourself and to help others.
That's why we say "Map That Job" instead of "Map Your Job"
Why this might be challenging
It's not the method
- The ActionMap method has been proven in hundred of engagements and many trainings.
- The procedures and format are nearly completely mechanical.
- The procedures include questions to ask yourself to help access what you know when you need to know it.
- The formats for recording the answers are simple to draw and write.
- The procedures are very "forgiving" if they are not done exactly according to the guidelines.
It's all about a person's willingness to take a clear, hard look at their job.
It's understandable why people might not want to take a clear, hard look at their jobs.
- People may know they need to change jobs and don't want to face it right now.
- It's painful to think about their jobs, and people don't want to experience the pain.
- People may intuitively understand that this will really cause them to change the way the look at their jobs, and they are afraid of change.
- People may be afraid to share knowledge of their jobs for fear that the job will be replaced (possible answer - don't share your map!)
- And there may be other reasons as well.
One approach: if you really aren't comfortable mapping your job, map something else, and then come back and map your job.
- A home or community activity
- A business process
- A hobby activity
- Buying a couch
- Planning a party
- Enrolling for a class
- Running a pizza parlor
Additional examples of ActionMap process maps are shown at this link.
Job Satisfaction: Mapping your job is one of the best things you can do for job satisfaction, because it gives you the understanding you need to make change happen.
Professional Development: Learning to map jobs in general is one of the best things you can do for your professional development, because it gives you the ability to contribute to and/or lead process change.
Future of Your Career: Job change is accelerating. Learning to map jobs is the best way to prepare for the future of your career.
This is the place.
This is the time.
You're the person.
Go for it!
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