The Danger of Following (only) Your Passion

I have shared a maxim in my workshops and coaching for years: The marketplace doesn’t pay for passion, it pays for talent.

Whether I am coaching a college student trying to find a major that “fits”, or a Baby Boomer on finding their “dream job”, it never ceases to capture my attention how deeply THE myth has captured the minds of so many. The myth: follow your passion, and the money will follow. Actually, passion can help you think about “where” to focus your time, money and energy, but it doesn’t answer the “what” you will do when you get around your passion. The “what” is your core talents and strengths. Identify your innate talents and develop those talents with discipline and focus. Then, if you are able, use those developed talents in an area of passion.

Watch as Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, gives his take on the danger of following your passion.


Pete Carroll on Building a Culture of “Grit”

For you Seahawks fans (and non-Seahawks fans) here is an enlightening discussion between Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll, and author/researcher Angela Duckworth about creating a culture of “grit.”

May 19th 2016 - Town Hall Meeting featuring Pete Carroll and Angela Duckworth

May 19th 2016 – Town Hall Meeting featuring Pete Carroll and Angela Duckworth

Duckworth is known for her research on “grit” and connected with Pete Carroll early on in his Seahawks’ career. This also provides some alternative insights for assessing and recruiting people and talent to your organization.

Bono & Eugene Peterson | THE PSALMS

Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair, and take 20+ minutes to enjoy this honest, creative, inspiring dialogue between two of my favorite artist-authors, Bono and Eugene Peterson. If you have been energized by the music of U2 or have been spiritually invigorated by reading Eugene Peterson’s translation of the Bible, The Message, you will savor the interaction between these two as they discuss the influence and impact of the Psalms on their lives. Enjoy.


What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

Read aboTeam under a microscopeut these findings from Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, from his new book ‘‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business,’’ from which this article is adapted.

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

7 Week Calling Core Class Starting Sunday Feb. 21…and it’s FREE…if…

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Hey Whatcom County Calling Coach followers: Are you looking for a better “fit” career, or a college major that “aligns” with your wiring, or a Ministry Service role that “matches” your God-wired Core?

If that’s you, I’m starting a 7 week class on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:00p starting THIS Sunday, Feb. 21 at North County Christ the King in Lynden…and it’s FREE! Yep, FREE, and we even have childcare. Here’s the catch, you have to register at the site below by midnight Friday  noon Saturday to secure your spot.

Did I mention that it’s FREE! I hope you’re able to join us on this 7 week journey so you can Discover your Core and Live Your Calling.

Mark Warren – the Calling Coach

iPhone Effectivity Tip #32

     For iPhone users, as well as Droid users, our phones’ operating systems are so robust with features that you have to be a major geek to keep up with them, let alone use them.
     The current iPhoneIOS9 operating system , has a boatload of hidden features that, though not iPhone 6 with handobvious, can be incredibly useful for everyday life. I love shortcuts when it comes to using my phone, especially shortcuts that cut down my inputting words with my fingers, namely, Text Shortcuts.
     For example, I have to type in quite often when emailing and texting people. Instead of typing in this long domain name every time, try this:
     Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and tap the plus (+) symbol.
     Input in the Phrase field. Then in the Shortcut field right below input some letters of your choice, like mwa . Now, every time you type mwa your iPhone will auto-correct it to
     This works for email addresses, names, cities, phone numbers, or anything that you use commonly that has lots of letters. It’s been a great Effectivity shortcut for me.
     Let me know what you think?

Help Young Talent Develop a Professional Mindset

Here’s a great article by Emotional Intelligence expert, Daniel Goleman.


There is a chasm between what business leaders expect from recent graduates, and what these new hires offer. In a Hay Group study of 450 business leaders and 450 recent graduates based in India, the US, and China… a massive 76% of business leaders reported that entry-level workers and recent grads are not ready for their jobs.

Read the rest of the article here:

The Dream Rangers 2

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their top five talents.

In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.
Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and USA Today bestseller will change the way you look at yourself — and the world around you — forever.

Learn to Delegate Your Tasks

By Anita Bruzzese, Gannett News Service
One of the most difficult tasks for all you super achievers is delegating. Why? Because you know no one else can do the job the way you want it done, when you want it done and how you want it done.

OK, time for a reality check. Yes, the world will spin without you doing all the work. Athough it may be unpleasant to think of it, the job may actually get done better, because it was done differently than you would have.

Still not convinced that it would just be easier to just do it yourself than go to all the trouble of training someone else to do it? Look at it this way: If a magic workplace fairy said you could have an extra 20 minutes a day or even an hour a day to do anything you wanted, would you turn it down?

So what’s a little time spent training someone else? In the long run, it will be well worth it. So now that you’re convinced you can loosen the reins a bit, here are some tips to get you started on the road to delegation:

  • Decide where you need help. Write down what you do in a week. Then choose the jobs you really enjoy doing and gain satisfaction from; these are probably the ones you don’t want to give up. Consider your best skills and the jobs that make the most of those abilities. That should leave you with jobs you don’t like, or are not particularly good at, that someone else may be able to fill.
  • Select candidates. You don’t want just anyone helping because when you delegate work it reflects directly on you. Look for others who will be interested in doing the work, have the skills to do the job (or are willing to learn those skills), and have time to accommodate the tasks.
  • Make your case. Be specific about the work you want them to do, what the goals are and any deadlines. Let the person know why you chose them and explain how doing the tasks can add to their skills and make them more valuable to the organization.
  • Seal the deal. For some people, a handshake may be enough. But to be on the safe side, and to make sure both parties understand the delegation, send a note after the meeting outlining what was agreed upon, and ask the person to read it and make any necessary changes. Notify coworkers that you have reached this agreement, and the person has the authority to do the job.
  • Follow-up. Check to see that things are getting done in a timely way. If it appears there is a problem, address the issue and do not get personal.

Remember that just because someone does a job differently than you does not mean it is wrong, it’s just different. Keep your mind open to new ideas and you’ll find delegation provides you some growing opportunities as well.