Huntsman Post

Author helps faculty and staff discover talents and better serve students

Jennifer Colosimo - Photo by Sterling Morris

By Steve Eaton

If you want to have a great career and a rewarding life, it’s probably not a good idea to wait around for someone else to deliver it to you.

That was a message Huntsman faculty and staff heard at their annual staff retreat last August and it came from someone who should know. Jennifer Colosimo wrote the book Great Work, Great Career, with some help from coauthor Stephen R. Covey, the Jon M. Huntsman Professor of Leadership. The book is this year’s required reading at the Huntsman School of Business, and the principles it taught were the focus of the discussions at the retreat.

“The main idea of this book, Great Work, Great Career, is that you have a unique contribution to make at the intersection between your talents, your passion, your conscience and the need that exists,” Ms. Colosimo said.

Those who have the greatest careers are those who make that link between what they know they can offer and what the organization really needs, said Colosimo, who is also the chief operating officer for FranklinCovey.

“Very few people will pay the price to care about what the organization, or the prospective employer, actually needs,” she said.

Before the meeting began The Huntsman Post asked Ms. Colosimo for some tips that might help reenergize the career of someone who is already in the workforce. She offered the following advice:

Jennifer Colosimo talks with faculty and staff. - Photo by Steve Eaton

  • Take responsibility for your own engagement and making sure people know how you can best contribute.
  • You must be able to articulate and write about how your unique talents can help meet the needs of your organization. Don’t just say, “I’m really burned out, and I want to do something else.” If you don’t know who you are and what you want, no one else is going to either.
  • As you build your network, be sure to contribute to others and not just view them as people who might be able to help you get ahead. Networking can be done in an effective, ethical, building-a-village sort of way. Social networking and face-to-face networking can be a positive thing, because they can increase your capacity to contribute.

After the event Dr. Covey posted a comment on his Facebook page about the day.

“I am so impressed with their vision for educating their business students to become ethical, principle-centered leaders,” Dr. Covey wrote. “What if all business students went into the world with a focus on ethical leadership and a desire to make a lasting contribution?”