The Satisfying Work Curve


Here is another gem from Mike Pegg (which I came across via Katie Ledger and Barrie Hopson’s Portfolio Careers site).

You should read Mike’s article for a full explanation but I love the way it blends elements of Charles Handy’s Sigmoid Curve (The Empty Raincoat, 1994) with the Boston Consulting Group matrix approach.  Anyone (of the ever increasing number) with a portfolio career needs to be aware of how each element of their portfolio fits within Mike model.  Which roles/activities/revenue streams are heading towards being Spent Forces – where you risk a negative spiral of low energy, leading to less than professional work, leading to overall damage to reputation – and where are you investing time and effort planting out Seed Corn?

I’ve just dusted off my old copy of the Empty Raincoat.  As with 1997’s The Sovereign Individual, I am fascinated how the changes presaged in these books are now coming to pass.


About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (
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