How do you visualize a purpose? How do we share a vision? How to tell your story? Often, organizations have a vision and a mission statement (for their organization, product, or team), but words don’t convey the message. What you should do is show, don’t tell!
Create an exposition of your work (in your team, your department, or even individually). When you can create an excellent exposition about your work, you have likely found and visualized your purpose (Management 3.0 Work Expo).
Why do we do the things we do? What motivates a person? What drives a team? What’s holding a team back? Mgt 3.0 has defined ten intrinsic motivators (desires) – in the “moving motivators” exercise. You can discover and reflect upon what motivates you and your team.
More about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, ten intrinsic motivators, and moving motivators game.
“Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.”
Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. If you objectively evaluate what you’re doing repeatedly and are not satisfied with the output, why would you keep repeating it? Humans are creatures of habit and routine. If you’d like to change your routine, you should focus on small and incremental changes. How does this work in groups of people? At home…, at work? We want to improve our behavior and practices, but the daily routine often prevents us.
Are you all professional at work? No chit-chat, no small talk, not sharing personal stuff? Well, you’re not the only one. In most projects and environments I’ve worked, there’s not much sharing of personal things, and I hear the most “coffee talk” about work-related topics. Then again, I asked about my colleague’s weekend and if anything special happened.
Frankly, do you know your colleagues, your teammates?
A thank you is great, but showing appreciation to colleagues, friends, and family for something they’ve done for you is even more satisfying! In a professional context, showing gratitude is happening too little for different reasons: it’s uncommon (regarded as not done, not part of the culture, etc.). Although said and proven in research, showing gratitude is a tremendous intrinsic incentive: this is essential to keep your employees motivated! Organizations should be as aware of intrinsic motivators as extrinsic motivators.