Many of us start out feeling good about our career choices—but over time, our energy flags. We all want success. We want to achieve. What is it, then, that keeps us from engaging wholeheartedly? What can we do to optimize our happiness, effectiveness, and influence in our careers?
From the makers of the revolutionary self-insight tool DRiV comes a path to greater career fulfillment, based on the twenty-eight qualities that motivate behavior. By better understanding what drives and drains you, you can chart a path for more fulfilment and joy. But beyond yourself, understanding what drives and drains your colleagues gives you the tools to build and lead high-performing teams.
Based on extensive, in-depth research, Driven Not Drained offers powerful tools for enhancing your self-awareness and capacity to work with and lead others. For ambitious people who want not only to stay engaged but also to thrive, this book is an invaluable development tool to help you reignite your motivation, purpose, and leadership. Learn about what drives (and drains) you at work, along with incisive development tips for each drive to create more job satisfaction and improve your performance. Along the way, you’ll also discover critical tips for working with others and leading them through the lens of their own drivers and drainers.
The DRiV tool has been used to offer high-impact coaching and business consulting services across all industries and all levels, from preparing early-career individuals for new managerial assignments to team building at the C-suite level. Everyone deserves a career they are driven by, including you. Let’s get started, so that you can feel energized again about the days ahead.
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About the Author
Christopher Coultas serves as vice president of product innovation, and senior consultant, at Leadership Worth Following (LWF). Since joining LWF in 2014, Chris has not only assessed and coached hundreds of leaders, but also spearheaded a number of company-wide research and development initiatives, including the development of the DRiV. Chris’s research and work with leaders focuses on the impact that drivers can have on a variety of workplace outcomes, including engagement, resilience, burnout, culture fit, teamwork, leadership influence, and overall job performance. Chris graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with master’s and PhD degrees in industrial and organizational psychology. He has authored several peer reviewed publications and presented at many nationally recognized conferences on issues pertaining to coaching, leadership, and team performance. He also holds undergraduate degrees in religion and counseling psychology. Chris is currently affiliated with the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, the Society of Consulting Psychology, and Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, all divisions of the American Psychological Association. He serves as the research domain head for the Society of Consulting Psychology.
Leadership Worth Following
Established in January 2004 by founder and CEO A. Dale Thompson, Leadership Worth Following, LLC (LWF) is a premier provider of services, tools, and processes that help organizations identify, select, develop, and retain leadership worth following. Notably, LWF conceptualized The Worthy Leadership Model in 2005, with its focus on The Capacity, Commitment, and Character to Lead as a lens for understanding what leads to significant failures of leadership in some cases, and significant successes in others.
LWF has been sought out by leading and aspiring companies in virtually every industry, from high tech and transportation to health care, hospitality, and more. We help our clients identify the talent implications of their business strategies, evaluate current leadership bench strength, develop internal talent, and select and develop talent. Today, LWF is recognized not only as the premier provider of leadership and talent development services, but also as a firm whose services and products are firmly grounded in science and have proved effective time and again.
Established in January 2004, by founder and CEO A. Dale Thompson, Leadership Worth Following, LLC (LWF) is a premier provider of services, tools, and processes that help organizations identify, select, develop, and retain leadership worth following. Notably, LWF conceptualized The Worthy Leadership Model in 2005, with its focus on The Capacity, Commitment, and Character to Lead as a lens for understanding what leads to significant failures of leadership in some cases, and significant successes in others.
Read an Excerpt
When you’re in an ideal situation, your drivers cause you to engage in behaviors without putting much thought into it, and things turn out just fine. They come naturally to you, and importantly, they are self-reinforcing. In other words, you receive some kind of psychological benefit simply by engaging in that particular behavior. You engage in behavior “X” and find it to be enjoyable, relatively intuitive, and/or that it delivers other desired results. It feels good to do things aligned with your drivers. It isn’t “work,” it’s drive. Ultimately, drivers are those things that make you feel "driven.”
And just as you innately seek out the things that will give you that feeling of “drive,” you’ll avoid the things that seem likely to take it away. You avoid the behaviors and patterns of thinking that that don’t feel right or make sense to you, that seem needlessly difficult, and/or that you just don’t like, because being in those situations drains your energy. Again, in an ideal situation, you can get away with this. No one faults a painter for an aversion to financial details, just as no one faults the tax auditor for a lack of artistic creativity. However, situations are not always ideal. Occasionally, we encounter situations where we are forced to deal with those things contrary to our drivers. These things require extra effort, willpower, and attention, because they are misaligned with our drivers. We can deal with them, but after the fact, it feels like you have been “drained” of all your energy and willpower. The more and more you are forced to go against the grain of your natural drivers, the less and less willpower you will have to keep up the charade. If you’ve ever bit your tongue for what seemed like forever in an argument – only to either pop off or simply give up and walk away – you’ve experienced “drain” firsthand.
This is the “reason” behind why we do what we do – we seek to experience the feeling of drive, and avoid the feeling of drain.
Table of ContentsPreface
Why Drive Matters
Leveraging Your Drivers and Drainers
Factor 1: Impact
Factor 2: Insight
Factor 3: Connection
Factor 4: Harmony
Factor 5: Productivity
Factor 6: Meaning