In our new age of work, expectations are higher than ever before. Many business have pared down their teams, given the responsibility to the people who are left and then asked that remaining to figure out how it's going to get done. This can be a difficult situation but have a platform can help you navigate your work life a lot easier.
There are 4 areas where I think having a platform makes your work life easier. Those areas are clarity, empowerment, satisfying wants and business ownership. By having a developed platform, you have a great understanding of the things that you can do to create the most value whether you work for yourself or someone else.
In case you missed it and aren't quite sure what a platform is. Here's my last post on what a platform is. Now on to the areas where having a platform makes your life easier.
Clarity: Ever worked in a job or even owned a business and the whole time you wondered what the hell you were even doing there? I am pretty sure we all have. The reason we do this a lot of times is desperation.
This desperation stems from not fully understanding what we bring to the table so we hold onto we we have thinking that we will just have to make it work. When you have clarity behind how you create value and what activities you will engage in to create that value then you have opened up the doors to being an asset to your company or your own business.
Empowerment: In the case above where I talked about seeing lay offs in your firm and getting stuck picking up the pieces, you are now able to make more intelligent decisions around how to handle this.
If you see that the firm is not moving in the right direction, you can leave because you understand how you can bring value. On the flip side, when you know how you create value and you understand the companies strategic objectives, you can then focus your work on those activities that bring the most value to your company. Which brings me to my next point.
Satisfying Wants: In reality, your boss or your clients want someone who can figure things out on their own. They have more work to do because of layoffs too. They don't have time for hand holding. Managers and other leaders need/want people who can work autonomously and get things done. Understanding your platform allows you to work with less supervision.
Create a Business On The Side: Hugh Macleod says to not quit your day job. Having a platform allows you to have a creative outlet for your talent. You don't have to quit your day job but you do need to understand that any job will never fully engage your ability completely. It's good to have something going on the side that allows you to do that. That's where your platform comes in handy to paint the picture of what that looks like.
Your platform is a driving force to an simpler work life. Once you understand it the possibilities are endless.