The Map of Meaning is a valuable framework for working deeply with colleagues, clients, friends and family. It is useful for coaches, mentors, counsellors, teachers, nurses, team leaders, managers and other professionals who work one-to-one with others. It is also valuable for parents.
Use it to:
- understand and solve issues of meaninglessness.
- reach core issues easily.
- share what matters most with colleagues, family and friends.
- work through potential tensions with others.
- co-create meaningful work.
- work constructively with diversity.
Exercise for working one to one
This is a great exercise to use with a colleague, client, partner or friend.
Now take turns to discuss how you feel when you look at where your time goes. Identify the smallest change you can make that would restore your sense of balance and meaningfulness, or increase it. List any practical actions you need to take.
People find that this exercise helps them clearly see if, and where, meaningfulness is absent, and decide what to do about it.
There are many more exercises that illuminate meaningfulness in a one to one relationship in our book The Map of Meaningful Work. Alternatively we can run workshops for you that will help you to increase your ability to understand and create meaningful work and a meaningful life.