Visualizing for personal development: the career sweet spot

“It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement”
Abraham Maslow (In Business model you pg. 125)

Coaching, mentoring and personal development programs are usually based on dialogue. Talking is certainly useful, but we visualizing, drawing and sketching can provide additionl help for understanding yourself and your potential. Starting with this post, we’ll showcase a series of templats and examples on the topic of personal development and leadership through visual mapping.

A first example is the career sweet spot. The example below has been drawn by Sebastian Kernbach, researcher at the University of Lugano, adapted from the sweet spot of the book “Business Model you” by Timothy Clark, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur (pg.114). In contrast with the original sweet spot, the figure below invites you to consider your values, in addition to your skills and interests.

What is the sweet spot? This quite well known visualization is a Venn diagram with three overlapping circles. The circles represent skills, interest and values. You can easily draw it yourself and fill it in with information about yourself.

The “sweet spot” is the overlap of the three: that is, he skills which match your interests and your values. In most cases we have a set of skills which are useful for our job/studies, but maybe our current job is not alligned with our personal interests and our core values.

Using this template can help you identify if there is a good overlap between the skills you have and what really matters for you. If the “sweet spot” is empty or not very populated, you might need to focus on acquiring skills that are closer to your values and interests, to gain more satisfaction from your daily activities.


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