I first met Steve Angerman in the mid-1980’s. At the time he was running a sporting goods and running store above Bivouac in Ann Arbor. I was impressed that, as a young man, he seemed to be doing what he loved, and he was very good at it. Over the next 30 years, with his business partner Randy, he built that little store into a large chain of nine running stores, called Running Fit. Additionally, he developed a substantial side business by creating and managing many of the major races and marathons in Michigan.
I was impressed that Steve, at a very young age, was leveraging his passion for running with his natural talent for salesmanship into a profitable business, which served an important need in the community. Furthermore, he was able to make a nice living doing what he loved. Isn’t that the American dream?
When I met Steve, I myself was in transition toward a career which would prove productive for me over the next 30 years. I was finding a way to combine: my passion for helping people achieve their best selves; with my skills as a psychologist ; and my desire to create a business which would serve the needs of leaders in the Ann Arbor community. My efforts to combine these different motivations resulted in my successfully transitioning from being a clinical psychologist to developing an executive coaching business, Leaders Connect, which today is serving over 1000 leaders in Southeast Michigan.
Over the past 30 some years, Steve and I have not only become friends but we have been able to work to develop an exercise which we call, “Finding Your Career Sweet Spot”. In its essence, the workshop enables participants to look at the intersection of key aspects of their life and to combine them into one career sweet spot. The four aspects are:
- Finding what you are passionate about.
- Identifying your unique set of skills and talents, which only you possess.
- Defining your work life values.
- Determining how much you need to earn and why.
Once the participants have found the answers to these four questions, the group leaders and the group help the participants discover what jobs would best fit that career sweet spot.
Steve and I have conducted this workshop several times for several different audiences. The students in my Ross class find it extremely valuable in helping them determine what career path to follow.
Others who are in a career, find it extremely valuable to check to see whether they are on the right path, and if not, to set new goals and to find a new career path which better combines the four aspects of the sweet spot exercise.
The feedback we have received has encouraged us to continue to develop and to provide this workshop to as many people as possible.
On February 26 we will be offering the next “Find Your Career Sweet Spot” workshop in Ann Arbor. If you are interested, please contact Steve or I, and we would be happy to give you more information and to see whether it is a good fit for you.
This past Leaders Connect Breakfast “Women and Minority Owned Businesses” was available to watch as a live feed thanks to Podium Video
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