Tag Archives: Meaningful work
Posted on23. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
New Era Leaders today symbolically represent a tipping point of a leadership style positively influenced, in part, by contrarian acts exhibited by the endless examples of selfish, unethical choices by executives, politicians, even athletes. Such examples bleed into our life and leave us needing something deeper from the leaders in our own world. A New [...]
Posted on06. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Tuesday I covered three tools you can use to help employees pull meaning from their work. But what about you? Ultimately it’s the employees choice to derive meaning in their work. There needs to be, however, an environment that enables this to occur. You hold much of the responsibility to foster an environment that lets [...]
Posted on04. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
What’s needed from a manager to help employees pull meaning from their work? First, to let’s define meaningful work. To help mitigate this sounding a bit “touchy-feely,” I constructed this definition using research from the Journal of Business Ethics and Malcom Gladwell. Work to which employees can use their strengths Can be done autonomously The [...]
Posted on03. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
We are witnessing a crisis of leadership in our middle-managers, supervisors, senior executives, even politicians. (I leave commentary on the latter for other blogs.) Despite the crisis of leadership, we don’t need to fix it. To fix something means it’s worth repairing. The leadership breakdowns we’ve seen play out in the media and, I dare [...]
Posted on06. Sep, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
I want something more for businesses. I want businesses to be a place where employees come to pursue and contribute to work that has meaning. I want businesses to be filled with leaders who understand the value of connecting with people as people with aspirations and ambitions, not people as a means to a goal [...]
Posted on03. Sep, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Labor Day in America is a celebration of employees, their talents, and the contributions they make to our country. (I’ll skip over the trade union piece.) I’ve never stopped to think about the holiday much beyond it being the final hurrah of summer fun. The holiday, though, was in celebration of the worker. The Industrial [...]
Posted on25. Aug, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Did you know we spend about 1/3 of our life at work? No kidding. When you add up all the hours between 8-5 it’s approximately 1/3 of your life, according to Gallup. In that same research, Gallup cites that up to 25% of our overall life satisfaction comes from our work. In short we spend [...]