People will buy into something if they buy into the purpose. Having a worthy purpose is the first step to achieving great things, as an individual, and as an organization.
Follow me and let’s go and do something outrageous … let’s get off the couch and go find our purpose.
Even if we did know what our passion was we don’t follow the call because we fear that we have to sacrifice everything to do it.
When these people work, they no longer work to sustain themselves. Every task in their working day is concerned with perfecting the work of art called their lives.
The aim of good work is to enable individuals. It is not to build structures. It is not aggrandizement.
It seems clear, given the clearly dysfunctional nature of the global economy, that a serious discussion concerning the nature and purpose of the economy is overdue.
Can you really calculate life down to the last decimal place accurately?
What this means is that the operator has to see the line of sight between the task that they do and the overall benevolent intent of the enterprise. Only once this line of sight has been established do we have a meaningful task.
So successful managers today are no longer supervisors, nor are they deciders, but formulators of strategic intent and their function is not one of the enterprise’s operation—most of which is rapidly being automated—but its purpose.
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories and maybe, a way forward.