Too often employees feel at odds with either their job or their company. These unfortunate disconnects can lead to disengagement, disillusionment, and a survivalist approach on the part of companies and the people who work for them. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The key is to find a sweet spot—the point at which each employee’s personal sense of purpose and that of the company converge, producing enormous benefits for customers, employees, and the organization as a whole.
- What is the purpose effect? … Quite frankly, it's the intersection … between personal purpose, … organizational purpose, and role purpose. … And when that happens, it's the sweet spot. … The sweet spot for you, … the organization, and ultimately society. … (gentle music) … Famous Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard once wrote, … "To be that self, which one truly is," … is something to first think about … when you're trying to figure out your own personal purpose. … So the three questions … I want you to think about are as follows. … What are you about, what are the attributes, … the values, the likes, the dislikes? … Get it on a piece of paper and say, … what am I about? … What do I want to be about? … The second one is, who am I? … Who am I trying to be? … Who are those people I aspire to? … Who are those things in myself that I want to change? … And then the last question is how. … How am I going to show up each and every day … in this life of mine? … It actually has to, for me, start …
This course includes videos from:
Bill George, senior fellow at Harvard Business School
Susan David, Harvard Medical School psychologist
Nilofer Merchant, marketing expert and TED speaker (“Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation”)Teresa Amabile, coauthor of The Progress Principle and Harvard Business School professorDan Pontefract, author and chief envisioner at TELUS
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