Quite a few years ago, I was asked by Mohnish Pabrai and Guy Spears to create “Roadmaps” for their careers. They are both extremely bright and motivated men who wanted insight into their unique giftedness and how to best leverage their talent in the world. Mohnish began his career by starting an IT business. He always had an interest in investing and was taken by Warren Buffet’s model. His Roadmap helped him to understand not only why investing was a better fit for his talent and provided him with insight into how he should structure his new venture to capitalize on his unique personality.
Their request gave birth to a process that has been instrumental in their success. A “Professional Roadmap” is a combination of psychological assessment, 360 degree feedback and interviews. It culminates in a report that gives insight and guidance for professional growth and satisfaction. It is a career roadmap of sorts. While the process is straightforward, there is some “magic” in teasing the insights from the data. It has always been my conviction that everyone has some unique gift. At some point, Michael Jordan discovered he had something special on the basketball court as did Bobby Flay in the kitchen. That spark of creative genius created for them a career path that has been amazingly successful and deeply satisfying. Why shouldn’t everyone find their unique path?
The talent I bring to the process is my unique gift of deeply comprehending the gifts of others. People are like a puzzle to me. As I gather the pieces and put them in place, a picture begins to appear of who that person is at his or her core. As that picture comes into focus, I know what they need to know to chart their course with clarity and purpose.
Recently, Mohnish and Guy were asked to speak at Google. Their interview is on YouTubeand has attracted a fair amount of attention. Mohnish references his “Roadmap” as one of the factors that has shaped his success. He strongly recommends the process to his listeners.
That talk has created a flurry of requests from around the country for “Professional Roadmaps”. I am delighted to meet those requests because I see it as a win/win. As people bring their very best to their work, they are more satisfied and the world is more blessed.