|Some members of my team getting ready to race at a local indoor track|
I just read the book Drive by Daniel Pink. In it, he describes the 21st Century worker and what it takes to keep them engaged at work. The book reminds readers that "management" was originally introduced centuries ago to control the behaviors and output of employees (mostly industrial) and in many ways that formula is unchanged.
According to Pink, there are three elements that drive and motivate 21st Century workers towards being their best;
In a strengths-based culture, team members are encouraged to leverage their unique talents to get to the desired end results. They collaborate with management on aspects of their job where they can test and strengthen their natural talents while meeting (and often exceeding) designated expectations. Greater autonomy can be achieved when you volunteer for - or better create - projects which align with your talents. For 2019, consider designing your annual Objectives and Accountabilities (or whatever you call your performance metrics) around your Signature Talent Themes. Where can your talents improve, enhance or advance a current business need? Discover these places and you can gain more control and autonomy while doing work you were meant to do.
Dan is currently serving 20 years to life as the Sr. Director of Destination Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort. He prefers white-water rapids over data lakes and lists Ideation, Futuristic and Positivity amongst his signature talents. Find him on Twitter @dpddonovan