Season 4 Episode 14: Lesson from Shopify: Re-qualify for Your Job

s4e14 - Lesson from Shopify: Re-qualify for Your Job
s4e14 – Lesson from Shopify: Re-qualify for Your Job

What does it mean to re-qualify for your job? What if you had to re-qualify for the role and Mission you want each year and articulate the new value you would bring? Jason Barger talks about this valuable lesson from Shopify and the power of renewing our memberships.

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1:47 – Jason introduces Season 4 episode 14 of the podcast. Welcome back to the podcast on corporate culture and leadership and thank you for listening. We engage thought leaders like CEOs, CFOs, managers, VPs, directors, and more for this podcast. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. This podcast is a discussion on leadership lessons from Shopify about re-qualifying for your job.

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3:10 – We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send to

4:18 – Jason talks about the idea of re-qualifying for your job. Many people might not want to do that but in this case it helps you to develop stronger leadership skills and improve projects and goals for the upcoming year. The idea came from the shopping e-commerce platform, Shopify and the CEO Harley Finkelstein. The process involves stepping back and asking ourselves the question, “how can I add new value to this job, this team, this mission in the year ahead?”

8:50 – It is so easy for us to go on the same way as yesterday, to maintain what we did last year and just bump it up a little and those are the new goals. Jason talks about how many teams get stuck in the same rut.

Re-qualify, re-engage, what new value can I bring in the year ahead?

12:25 – Jason talks about the things we say to ourselves of why we can’t do something. We bought into the idea that busyness is important but we aren’t advancing.

16:30Re-qualify, re-engage, what new value can I bring in the year ahead? Are we re-focusing on that mission in front of us? Show up to the work, understand the mission, and commit. Jason talks about his second book, ReMember. How do we renew our memberships and focus on the people around us?

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What role would be helpful for you to re-qualify for in your life and work?
  2. What is your mission for that role, what needs to shift, and what new value can you bring? 


Remember, the best team’s progress comes from stepping back in order to move forward. They re-qualify and focus on the mission in traveling together.

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.