We continue our career development series with the EIA. The wonderful thing about being an EIA is that there will never be a shortage of opportunity or vision. The question is, where should the EIA focus?
EIA: Empowering Inspiration & Attraction
The EIA is a connector with a voice. They are right in the middle of a social network with a social spotlight. The EIA loves to connect with people and has never met a stranger. They simply have this ability to network and maintain relationships. When leading teams, they have no problems being the social glue and keep everybody engaged despite differing opinions. They are wonderful communicators and are often found in entertainment, sales, social media, or any other profession that requires connecting with people.
The biggest potential stumbling block to the EIA is actually the opportunity and vision. This may sound strange because shouldn’t opportunity and vision be an asset when it comes to career development? Of course. However, the EIA is often inundated with so much opportunity and vision that they lose the ability to focus on proper career development. After all, there are so many options out there, as far as a career, that require connecting with people. As an EIA, where will you focus?
Make no mistake, the EIA is often found at the root of a social movement. They have the ability to empower and inspire any organization to dream and go big. They think about the masses. This is why media, especially social media, is so attractive. They can attract a whole lot of people with a message.
This is why an EIA can not just be entertaining, but they can create great entertainment for others as well. Such as being a film maker or composer. They know what the audience wants and needs. This is all about social experience and attraction.
Social Experience and Attraction
Any profession that requires creating a social experience for people is right up the EIA alley. If you give an EIA parameters of what kind of people need to be attracted, they can do it very effectively. So does this mean the EIA is good at sales? Not necessarily.
The issue the EIA can face is that because they are so wired for people, being liked by everybody can be a drawback. This is why the rejection in sales can be an issue. However if rejection is overcome as a fear, lookout. The EIA can create a sales network like no other.
As mentioned, social experiences and networking can also be a detriment. The EIA will always have people that want use of their talents in some form of capacity. There is always plenty of opportunity and promises to go with. Unfortunately, many EIAs can become exploited with these big visions and promises only to be oppressed by massive workloads for very little pay-off.
To deal with this, the EIA needs to spend time in personal reflection and development. If you are an EIA, you must combine self-awareness with career development. There will be so many people sharing vision with you (along with all the vision you have in your own heart) that you might lose touch with the reality of your situation. Learn to take an unbiased reality picture outside of yourself. Look for black and white metrics and results that really show where you stand. This will not change how much people like you. People will always like you for you. It will however change how successfully and quickly you can achieve your vision.
What to Avoid
Obviously, the EIA should never work alone. This is dreadful for the EIA heart. This is a given.
The other issue an EIA can face is time management and administrative discipline. It is not that the EIA cannot be good at these things. But the EIA needs to be given a certain amount of relational freedom to thrive. So if you are an EIA, you probably want to avoid jobs that require sitting at a desk and doing paperwork all day. You will have to judge how much administration and systems you are able to handle.
As an example, EIAs can be great writers. But if you lock them in a room until they write a novel without any social interaction, you won’t have a great author. You will have a frustrated and disengaged EIA.
As another example, let’s take the HR industry. The EIA is fantastic at recruiting, keeping employees engaged and managing the overall culture. EIAs love to work on retention of people through social strategies. However, if that EIA is required to do all the paperwork associated with HR, there will be a limit. This is why you typically have another gift working behind the scenes with the EIA to help them manage systems and administration.
You can apply this to all industries. Financial consulting, public speaking, life-coaching, and project management all apply. Anything that requires interaction and creating a social experience for people. So let the EIA focus on the people. Let the others focus on paperwork and time management. Obviously all EIAs need to learn to administrate themselves to a certain degree, but it is not the most optimal synchronization to leave them on their own here.
Again, I am not saying an EIA can’t do systems administration. It is just not as intrinsically motivating as connecting with people and sharing a vision. I know many EIAs that have learned the skills of administration through secondary MDNA gifts. But as an EIA, you really need to evaluate any profession from this standpoint, especially when it comes to your professional success and personal fulfillment.
Have you ever heard of the advice “Aim small miss small?” This started with firearms but also applies to performance. When you focus, your failures are focused and can be learning experiences. But if your focus is too big, the potential failures is much bigger and harder to recover, let alone learn from.
The EIA will always want to go big in terms of vision. But take that vision and focus small first. If you do this, and continue to connect with the right people, nothing will stop you.