What is Your Dream? Who is your Dream Manager?

by Edward Henkler on September 23, 2014

In “The Dream Manager”, Matthew Kelly encourages us to identify 100 dreams. This book has been a frequent subject on my blog as I think the premise is so powerful, yet simple. If you’re not yet aware of Matthew’s book, I’ll start by saying it should be required reading for every leader.  With surveys showing that 70% or more of employees are disengaged at work, it’s time to try something different.  Pay raises, bonuses, and stock options are all fine but it’s been repeatedly demonstrated that money is seldom the only or even primary reason for job dissatisfaction.  Employees want to be assigned meaningful work and feel that their employer appreciates them. In Matthew’s words, “The new breed of loyalty will be built on the principle of adding value.  An employee is responsible for adding value to the life of a company, and a company is responsible for adding value to the life of the employee.”

The person that fills the Dream Manager role should have some combination of strategic planning, financial planning, and coaching background.  Here is a streamlined overview of the key points of a Dream Manager program:

  • People want meaningful work
  • They need to feel they are progressing and advancing
  • They also need to believe they are moving toward fulfillment of their dreams
  • The Dream Manager’s role is to help them articulate their dreams
  • Then they have to assist them in formulating a plan for the achievement of short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals
  • The plan has to be manageable and measurable, while also stretching them

How do you identify 100 dreams?  Matthew suggests twelve general categories: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, Psychological, Material, Professional, Financial, Creative, Adventure, Legacy, and Character.  He also suggests obtaining a notebook and creating tabs for each of the general categories.  This makes it easy to add dreams as they come to mind.  They don’t all have to be audacious; just things you want to do but keep putting off.  He also suggests categorizing the dreams as short (<12 months), mid (1-5 years), and long (>5 years) term. The dreams can be a combination of work and personal or perhaps you’ll even want to create two notebooks.

Employee engagement; what's your dream?

Employee engagement – what’s your dream?

When did you stop dreaming?  When will you start dreaming again? Tell me one of your dreams and it would be my honor to help you achieve it.

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