Your unique interest pattern is the most important factor in determining the right choice for your career. It is also highly stable, even over the course of your lifetime.

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How well your career aligns with your key interests is the best predictor of how successful and satisfied you'll be in your work.

You have a notably high interest in the following core elements of work in business and other organizations:

You enjoy setting the strategy and seeing it executed. You want to have ultimate decision-making authority for complete operations; to make the decisions that will determine the direction taken by a work team, a business unit, or an entire company; and to control the resources that will enable you to actualize a business vision.

In the workplace, you will likely enjoy activities such as:

  • taking the lead on implementing important strategic decisions
  • "owning" deals and negotiations, including securing new clients and customers
  • leading project teams, departments, and even entire businesses
  • having full responsibility for the profit-and-loss performance of an enterprise
  • being involved in all aspects of a business enterprise (marketing, finance, sales, operations, etc.)

The "enterprise" you control can be big or small, short or long-term. You might want to control an enterprise that you believe will exist for your lifetime, or even beyond. On the other hand, you might prefer being in charge of much shorter-term "enterprises". But, regardless of the size or life span, you'll want to be in charge and setting the strategy.

With a strong interest in Enterprise Control, you may find it difficult to be patient during the early stages of your career, when you're learning and proving that you're qualified to be captain of the ship. If you feel frustrated, resist the temptation to switch to another company too early. Impatience can get in the way of your success if you let it force you off your career path too soon.

Of course, having a strong interest in Enterprise Control doesn't necessarily mean you have the skills you need to succeed in a career in which that activity is the dominant part of the work. But, people often develop skills where their interests lie. So, don't let a lack of training or prior experience with leadership activities keep you from pursuing opportunities to express this interest.

You enjoy writing and/or talking to people -- with the specific goal of gaining their agreement on a particular topic. You enjoy work that gives you opportunities to persuade someone to buy something, to support an initiative, or to contribute resources to a project.

In the workplace, you will likely enjoy activities such as:

  • persuading people through written communication rather than in person
  • speaking to people individually
  • making presentations to large groups
  • engaging in short-term, quick interactions
  • building long-term relationships

But, regardless of these preferences, you enjoy bringing people around to your particular point of view. Clearly, a natural fit for someone with this interest would be business development and sales, or relationship management. But, it is possible to express it through virtually any business career path.
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