I stumbled across this article a few weeks back, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Watch all 10 minutes; this video is worth it. But if you really can’t spare the time, I’ve summarized the points below (transcripted it). The book is next on my reading list.
Autonomy – the desire to be self-directed
- – traditional notions of management run afoul of this
- – management is great if you want compliance
- – but if you want engagement, self-directed is better
Mastery – the urge to get better at stuff
- – this is why people play musical instruments on weekends
- – not gonna get you a mate,Â not going to make you any money
- – you get better at it and that’s satisfying
- – open source: linux, apache, wikipedia. why are they doing this?
- – challenge and mastery, along with making a contribution, that’s it.
Purpose – have a transcendent purpose
- – makes coming to work better
- – that’s the way to get better talent (“that looks like a great place to work”)
- – when profit motive becomes unmoored from purpose motive, bad things happen
Build organizations and work lives that that make us better off but also have the promise to make the world a little bit better.