It’s important to ask, “Why?”
Too often we get caught up in processes and solutions without focusing on underlying reasons.
I’ve been hyper-focused on “how” and “what” lately. I’m preparing to a launch an online course to help tech leaders understand and apply people processes in the workplace. Here’s what I’ve been asking:
- What LMS do I use?
- How do I market the course?
- What kinds of activities should I incorporate to keep students engaged?
- How do I legally protect my intellectual property?
- What should I say in the promo video?
- How do I make my living room into a recording studio on a shoestring budget?
I’ve found pretty good answers to most of the above so it should feel like a win, right? Yes and no.
Something was missing. Why do I want to help tech leaders learn workplace people processes? Why am I committed to sharing my knowledge in this area?
I could talk about outcomes. By taking my course, I’m helping tech leaders (and their teams) become more engaged, more satisfied, more productive, less stressed, less likely to quit, less worried, etc. etc.
But a list of outcomes is still a list of “what’s.” We need to go deeper than “Because people will be better at X.” We need to ask, “Why?”
So I asked myself, why I do it? Why have I devoted 15 years of my life to teaching, researching, and applying the concepts of I/O Psychology. Why do I wake up in the morning committed to succeed?
Because work should feel like play.
Let me be clear. Work doesn’t need to BE play. But, more often than not, it should FEEL LIKE play.
Try this quick exercise:
- Pick your favorite game. It could be a sport, a board game, a computer game, or anything else. Pick the game you would drop everything to play. The game that makes the best use of your skills, interests, and passions. The game that makes you feel like your best “you.”
- Imagine yourself playing that game. Incorporate as much context as possible. What are you wearing? Who are you with? What are your surroundings like? What are you doing? How do you feel?
- I’ll ask it again — how to you FEEL? Write it down.
- Read what your wrote in #3. That’s how you should feel at work.
That’s why I do it.
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