Winning At Work

A Winning Work Life

`Autonomy involves an innate desire to control one’s own life. Mastery is the satisfaction of being good at what you do, especially if it matters. Purpose is doing things larger than ourselves.

Pink suggests people work better when they have some freedom to control their destiny, mastery over what they do and a clear understanding of why certain tasks are important and how they fit in a larger context. And there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. In Drive, Pink writes that a money-first approach may work well for, say, a teen who routinely cuts lawns for a low wage, but not well at all for someone who does complicated, creative work.

But even with some routine jobs, letting workers decide how and why they are doing the task is motivating. For instance, have you ever received a call from a telemarketer at a call center who recites from a prepared script? Or, worse, a pre-recorded sales pitch that involves no actual human? If you’re like most people, you immediately hang up.`

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Fran Watson


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