Happiness Is Out. Fulfillment Is In.

Михайловка купить Рафинад Whatever you do, don’t try to make your employees happy. It’s just not worth it. The most you’ll get out of it is a burst of energy that leaves you as cold as burning a sheet of newspaper on a chilly night: it lasts about that long and leaves you feeling colder than when you started. Try it if you like, but inevitably, you’ll simply slip and fall on your ash.

Happiness is out.

Fulfillment is in.

For years, the two researchers, Richard Ryan and Edward Deci have worked on what is called “Self-determination Theory.” They argue that motivation is not a singular action or response, but is really the result of effectively addressing three parts of the motivational pie: autonomy, competence and relatedness. The considered balance of these three elements is critical to any attempt to drive your organization forward. Here’s how each works:

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Autonomy – allowing employees to come to their own conclusions and determine their own actions – will result in fulfillment. People are almost always more inclined to act when they come up with options on their own. Conversely, using external incentives to lead employees to your pre-determined conclusions will ultimately erode trust. Instead, achieve your goals by finding ways to provide as much autonomy as possible.

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Competence – one’s perceived ability to succeed, be knowledgeable or feel competent. Confidence to succeed can lead to competence. This confidence is the result of positive reinforcement and feedback. Use negative feedback gently. Studies show that the most motivated people receive positive feedback, with errors ignored. Your ability to convey your confidence in that person is directly related to his or her motivation to feel – and become – competent.

Relatedness – when one feels the drive to connect with others in order to feel valued and cared for. This may be a person, a group or organization. A healthy form of this is found when one’s values and drives are related to the values and drives of the other entity. Look for values and drives in the individual which correlate with those of your organization.

Motivation is not a method one applies to get others to act; motivation is the result of helping others to be moved. So don’t try to make your employees happy. Don’t try to motivate them. Instead, look for ways in which each employee can be fulfilled by employing these three elements. The more your employees resonate with each, the more their growing fulfillment will lead to happiness… yours and theirs.  The result will be a Vesuvius of energy that grows naturally from within the organization, not as the result of some misguided attempt to make it happen.

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2 Responses to Happiness Is Out. Fulfillment Is In.

  1. Barbara says:

    Love this! Relatedness reminds me of THE TRIBE, by Seth Godin.
    Great stuff, Jeff; thank you so much!

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