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Link and Synch Your Purpose


Link and Synch Your Purpose

“Purpose is like a rainbow, you need both the rain and the sun to make the colours appear”

 Think of a car. It has been manufactured to be driven and enjoyed and to get its owner from A to B.

Now imagine this car is sitting in a closed garage for an infinite period of time.  It just sits there and never gets driven. The car doesn't care; it could sit there forever.

Imagine now if the car had a soul and a conscience. If that car were abandoned days on end it would feel the impact.  It would feel strange inside, lonely, probably useless and off centre so to speak.

One day the garage door opens and in walks the owner. She opens the drivers’ door, starts the ignition and adjusts the mirrors.  The car is suddenly awoken and flooded with potential and enthusiasm. It is doing what it was made to do and god that feels good!

As human beings we are no different, we have an innate purpose, a reason for being.  Our purpose can change, it can go off track, it can sometimes be hidden but it is always there.  I get asked from many of my executive clients, “How do I know I’m living my purpose?” and I always answer that they themselves can only know this and finding your passion and your “why” is key.

Purpose comes from within and I believe there are three areas or buckets if you like of each type of purpose with each needing to be filled:

  • Personal Purpose
    • What is it you stand for?
    • What don’t you stand for?
    • What legacy do you want to leave behind?
    • What lights you up?
    • What do you believe in?
    • What is important to you, for you?
  • Professional Purpose
    • What are you passionate about in a career context?
    • If you could do anything what would that be?
    • What part of your role do you love the most?
      • (Don’t confuse this with what you are good at)
      • What would you do if you could do it for free?
      • What motivates you in your current role or a previous role?
  • Life Purpose
    • What will you want others to say about you once you have moved on?
    • What do you care most about in your life?
    • What three words sum up a life well lived and on purpose, for you?
    • What excites you?
    • What sparks your creativity?
    • What contribution will you make?

These buckets obviously need to be aligned, there is no point doing what you love as a career and travelling to the point you are never home if your personal purpose is to enjoy and be there for your family. Each bucket needs to link and be in synch so each one can flow into the next congruently and with ease.

It all comes down to finding out what you are really passionate about, what lights you up from the inside. This will give you alignment in what you do, fulfilment, satisfaction and ideally synchronicity between all the areas in your life.

From a career perspective I absolutely loved the corporate roles I have had, I couldn’t do what I do today without them being part of my journey.  It wasn’t until I started running my own practice 8 years ago, where I grow and develop individuals, teams and organisations that I realised I am truly living my purpose which is to make a difference, learn in the process and help people grow and reach their full potential.  I work hard, I travel, I’m always studying and growing more knowledge and as tired as I may get I always feel lit up, excited and passionate about what I do to the point most clients always comment on this and say they can tell I love doing what I do.

So how do we identify what we are passionate about? Too often we hold ourselves back from the things we want to find out most. This is due to the fact we often associate a fear around the probability it could change the way or us. We make excuses about what could change or we simply don’t take the time to seek out what is important to us. We get caught up in the “doing” not the “being.”

A few questions below to provoke some thought on finding out what you are passionate about:

  • What sparks your creativity?
  • What lights you up and gets you excited?
  • What puts a smile on your face?
  • What do you find easy?
  • What things, activities, experiences, places, talents, problems and ideas do you love to think about and work with?
  • If you looked back on an ideal year what would have happened?

By having a clear idea of your purpose and linking and synching each one this keeps you motivated, focused and able to tap into this pool of energy whenever challenges arise, because you now understand the “Why” behind the events in your life!

Renée Giarrusso, Lead Coach, Trainer and Founder of Metamorphose Consulting, works with high performing Executives and teams across a myriad of industries and organisations. Her expertise in growing and developing capability and behavioural change around leadership, communication, transition and sales effectiveness leaves her clients inspired, re-energised and with improved results.

Drop into our website and contact us for a chat and see how we can collaborate with you for even more success!




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Mapping Motivation for Success

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Mapping Motivation for Success

What really gets you out of bed in the morning?

As an executive coach, facilitator and consultant I was looking for a profiling tool that was unique, applicable across an organisation and one that would identify key motivators in a work context at the deepest level. I noticed that certain people I was coaching and training may have been good at their role but were not motivated to do so and therefore were not being as effective or as happy as they could be within that role.

I came across the iWAM-profiling tool in 2007. iWAM stands for inventory of Work, Attitudes and Motivations and is an online tool being used in over 21 countries and 59 Australian companies to date. It looks at the 48 key ways we are motivated and driven at work, your preferences if you like. A good analogy I use is imagining the 48 key motivators on 48 separate tapas plates. What ones would you choose if you had a choice?

iWAM has applications across all areas of an organisation. It can be used in any division from early on in the HR process to coaching a individual or team or within a team forum to assist in individuals understanding each other better in order to compliment each other for maximum effectiveness. It also can assist in identifying training gaps and motivate individuals.

Imagine how you could strengthen your leadership by knowing what really motivates individuals within your team?

What is it?

iWAM is a system that provides a window into the intrinsic motivations and attitudes of people in a particular context. Our use of the iWAM tool focuses on the context of the workplace. It is not a personality profile and can determine the unconscious cognitive filters used by individuals that determine their thinking styles and ultimately their behaviour. Completing a simple questionnaire on line captures these valuable insights. An iWAM profile covers the following dimensions and many more.

Attaining objectives & problem solving?

  • Are you motivated to work towards objectives?
  • Do you have a problem solving approach at work?
  • Do you look for potential pitfalls before they occur?

Your work priorities and which of the eight below do you prefer?

  • People/money/systems/activity/information/status/time/ geographical position

How do you think at work?

  • Are you motivated by the detail?
  • Do you have a sense of overview and the big picture?
  • Are you a systematic thinker?
  • What amount of structure do you need in your work?
  • Do generating options and alternatives motivate you?

Dealing with change and time issues at work

  • How much do you learn from the past/ look to the future?
  • Do you need a change in your job, and how often?
  • In the workplace how do you approach change?
  • Do you have a vision for the future?

Dealing with people at work

  • How satisfied are you when working with people?
  • How tolerant are you of other people and their ideas?
  • How much Social Contact do you need at work?
  • Are you motivated within a team?
  • Do you work for someone else or do you have a preference to be your own boss?


  • What is your Decision Making Strategy?
  • What channels are most convincing to you- what you see, hear, do or read?

Primary work motivators

  • Are you primarily motivated to take responsibility and have the power to do significant work?
  • Are you primarily motivated to achieve and perform at work?
  • Are you primarily motivated to belong to a group, make friends and get on with people at work?

For a psychometric test to be effective it must be able to reflect these differences in people and iWAM does just that.

The iWAM tool is based on the powerful cognitive processes in our minds called Meta Programs.

What are Meta Programs?

Meta Programs or patterns are filters that determine how we sort and perceive our world at work. For instance do we filter information by seeing what is there (glass half full), or by what is missing (glass half empty)? What we decide to pay attention to in turn determines how we communicate, how we interact with the world around us and ultimately how we are motivated to behave.

Applications of iWAM

iWAM can be used in the following ways:

  • Leadership
    • Identify your true motivators and those of others
    • Build your leadership around your preferences
    • Open and in-house workshops run on Leadership, Mapping Motivation and Influencing 
  • Executive/Leadership/Transition Coaching
    • An iWAM profile is incorporated into your coaching program
    • We can also do a full one on one 90 minute debrief on your results to raise awareness
    • Then consistent support to tap positive motivators and address the areas of opportunity in your iWAM profile
  • Recruitment
    • IWAM can be used throughout the recruitment process from building a success profile to individual screening and final selection
    • Motivators can determine up to 65% of predictability in a role – a huge advantage in selection
    • iWAM Models of Excellence allow for the top performers to be modelled for future recruitment profiling
  • Team Building
    • Team workshop
    • All attendees complete the iWAM
    • Workshop is then tailored to suit current team objectives
    • Building an even higher performing team is the outcome

How powerful would it be to really understand what motivates yourself and your team at a deeper level? Remember, a person may be good at a certain role but unless they are motivated to do so you are not getting 100% out of your people.

At Metamorphose Consulting we look forward to consulting with you on the most effective way of incorporating iWAM into your organisation.

Success and growth

Renee Giarrusso

Director- Metamorphose Consulting


February Workshop

Are you an established leader looking to enhance your current skill set or maybe you are new to leadership? Would you like to understand how to identify key motivators of individuals you work with?

Invest in YOUR leadership during our dynamic and interactive two day “Limitless Leadership” program. Each day is paced 2 weeks apart to give you time to apply learnings back on the job!

Duration: 2 days

When: Thursday February 19th and Thursday February 26th

 Time: 8:30am- 4:30pm

Where: Melbourne CBD location TBC

Investment: $995 +gst, includes all materials and lunch

Maximum of 16 participants per workshop with a minimum of 7

Please register your interest by February 10th








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Listen to what is NOT being said

Listen to what's not being said

As many of you know we run numerous workshops that include the fascinating topic of emotional intelligence (IQ) and Body Language. I have had 3 requests in the last week to write an express blog on this and will post additional information over the next few weeks. It links in well with connecting to people as when you read and observe body language you are completely in the moment and will rapport more quickly and easily.

I am only going to cover the basics and the best way to fine tune your skills in reading body language is to practice and become aware of one pattern at a time. It is important to remember that a pattern usually means something when in sequence and context so watch out for all the signs.

Did you know 70% of first impressions you leave on someone come from your body language? 55% of the way you communicate is via non verbal signs such as body language. Only 38% is the way you speak and a staggering 7% are the actual words. Now you can see how powerful it is to understand body language as it can really help you connect, build rapport more easily and persuade and influence.

Today let's look at one of the most powerful types of communication ……EYE CONTACT

There is a saying “Hearts have been broken and wars have been declared in the blink of an eye”. Eye contact shows respect and interest. In many western cultures it is said that we should maintain eye contact for 60-70% of the time. This is different for some cultures where eye contact can demonstrate lack of respect. Using more than 60-70% of eye contact can cause the other party to feel uncomfortable as you will come across as too intense. Strong eye contact shows self confidence, strength and belief in what you are communicating.

Where a person looks can also give you an insight of what is going through their head.

There is a lot I could write on this but the basics are:

-Looking up means the person is visualising something

The language used may include words such as seeing, paint a picture, imagine and so on.

-Looking Side to side means they are hearing something

The language used could include words such as hearing, sounds like, boils down to etc

-Down to their left- Feeling something

-Down to their right- means they are processing something which is usually self talk

If they look to their left they are usually remembering and to their right they are usually constructing.

I always ask a question to verify this and this enables me to tap into the other person in a much deeper way.

Remember to bring in everything you notice, not just one aspect and include the power of language in this.

Have fun with this……. remember to listen to what is not being said.

Keep Flying!