20. September 2016

Creating a Work Environment I’d Actually Like to Work In

I have recently been interviewed by Bill Fox of Container 13 in the interview series about Exploring Forward Thinking Workplaces. The following is a brief excerpt from the interview. You find the full interview by clicking on the link below.

Bill: What does it take to get an employee’s full attention and best performance?

Dennis: It requires an ability for employees to co-create and get an inner alignment with their purpose. If employees are able to co-shape the journey of the organization to fulfill the purpose they signed up for because it resonates with their own personal purpose, then there’s no big friction. There’s a natural joy, and a natural resonance with what needs to be done. The question doesn’t come up in the first place.

This question arises out of the unnatural condition that we find ourselves in this corporate world where it’s highly arbitrary and feels like “what does it have to do with me?” And if it actually doesn’t have anything to do with me, I need to be incentivised and motivated, but I think the inherent need in the universe is to express your full potential. If you look at a flower or anything in the natural world, it’s striving to express its purpose, its beauty, its natural potential. A tree grows as high as it can and as beautiful and magnificent as it can.

I think human beings just want to express their full self in work and so it’s not so much a question of how can we make them do that, but how can we help to remove the barriers of them doing so out out of their own accord. I think a big part of it is that you have to have the opportunity to work self-directed and within a larger context that aligns your personal purpose with an over arching purpose you consciously sign up for.

Read the full interview here: 

PDF Version: Exploring Forward-Thinking Workplaces™