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Communicating your impact is elementary

When you ask your kids how their day went, do you get a “mmmffph,” an ughhhng,” or a “mmmmokay?” Yeah, me too. I learned that this isn’t the best question to ask at 3:30 p.m.

Over the weekend I heard some great advice to help parents draw out real answers to what we’re really asking: Will you let me in to your life? These were four basic conversation starters that got me thinking. How do we sum up our days in the workplace? How do we put metrics to the days we spend with co-workers, clients, supervisors and other stakeholders?

The four conversation starters are just as significant for adults as they are for students:

  1. Tell me something you learned today.
  2. Tell me something you did nice for someone today.
  3. What are you struggling with today?
  4. What are your friends struggling with today?

Most people look for jobs that earn them money, significance and relationship. We want to do things that matter. We want to matter! There are the statistical measurements, annual reviews and analytics to show us how we’re performing on the job. But as blogger Chris Brogan explains in his article Numbers That Matter, there are simple measurements that tell us how we’re doing day to day, like:

  • Number of smiles you caused today.
  • Number of meals you ate with people you love.
  • Number of times you promoted someone else.
  • Number of ways you encouraged others today.
  • Number of dollars you put in a needy hand.
  • Number of opportunities you get to educate people.
  • Number of times you say no so you can say yes to the bigger opportunity.

That’s just a start…  How do you measure your days?

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