Hello SOTGC community,
It’s very clear that we all have our own ways for being motivated, pushing the envelope, and making things happen. The things that drive us can be as simple as the satisfaction from helping others. Some may not care too much about anything or anyone for that matter if there’s no direct benefit.
I’m big on numbers, facts and data, even though I don’t like all that comes with researching. However, for this blog I decided to do a little research. For many of us, including me, that just means going to Google.com. So, I did a basic search on just the word “drive.” The results were staggering, there were more than 2.4 billion possible results. Then I had the brilliant idea to do another search, this time on B&N.com. This search yielded a lot of options too, but not as many as Google.com. Barnes and Noble carries more than 10,000 books titled “drive” or contains the word in the title.
Why are we consumed with drive, and do all successful people have something or someone behind their drive? In my Google.com search on the first page there were several things listed. Moreover, near the bottom of the page, listed seventh, was Daniel Pink’s website. I decided to take a closer look as I know Pink was also a TED speaker about the subject of drive. In his talk, he highlights three things he thinks drive people. For those that haven’t read his book or heard his talk, I’m here to tell you money was nowhere on the list.
How surprising is this? Is it something new or something we’ve all known innately but were afraid to say? Pink informs us of what many have experienced for years: that most companies are using the ineffective “carrots and sticks” method of motivating employees in the hopes that we will find them appealing enough to drive us to results. Unfortunately, the only thing these antiquated methods are driving is the number of unhappy employees out the door.
I think Daniel Pink’s message isn’t just for companies and organizations, it’s for us too! For those of you who haven’t read the book or seen his TED talk, I will share the main three points. Pink suggests that there’s no real reason for carrots and sticks if the following three elements are available and widely promoted. He indicates that all we want are the following when it comes to work:
- Autonomy– When you hire the right people to sit in the right seats, they don’t need to be micro-managed because their work is their pride and when given free reign these individuals normally are the most productive.
- Mastery– People who are serious about their craft want to do their best all the time. They commit themselves to being a life-long learner and remain dedicated to the end.
- Purpose– It would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t care about anything—or anyone, for that matter. Those that value purpose want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They want to know their life meant something and that it served a purpose.
It doesn’t matter whom we work for. It could be for someone else, a fortune 500 company, or a family member. What does matter is that we have the space to grow, learn, and, most importantly, make mistakes. No one can be expected to create unbelievable results in an environment that’s not supportive or one that doesn’t understand how to allow people to lead themselves.
Do you know what’s driving you? Share your top three things that drive you and your work. Are they any of the things Pink mentioned in his book or completely different? Then tell us all about it by tagging MEE via Twitter @empowermee and @SOTGC in your post. As we’re curious about what drives you.