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January 03, 2012


Thanks for sharing.

If I've understood you correctly, you're saying that a leader's job is not to create or define meaning for employees, but to understand what constitutes meaning for them, and to help connect that to the work that has to be done?

I agree that this is a subtle but important distinction. Tapping into people's intrinsic motivation can be so important (especially for less structured knowledge work), and it takes skill to do it well.

We've probably all heard the sad stories of these attempts being done poorly, which often seems to sour people toward the whole idea that working professionals can be truly motivated by things other than money.

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