Both your identity (who you are) and your performance (what you do) are important, but the way you prioritize them makes all the difference in the world.
A good friend of mine was an engineer at a clothing manufacturing company. He was "in his zone" using his talents and skills, and got great results for the company.
He was an outgoing, gregarious guy. So In order to “reward” him for his strong performance, the CEO promoted him to a new role in public relations so he could travel globally with the C-suite.
But having to tell half-truths and constantly “spin” bad news as the PR contact really went against my friend’s core values. And in a matter of a weeks he was in the hospital with heart palpitations due to anxiety.
The demands to perform were violating his identity.
This story has a happy ending, though. Join me in this short video as I unpack how identity and performance play off of each other, and show how you can leverage them to your advantage.